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Is a Future WrestleMania Coming to Philadelphia?

Jul 12, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT


Yeah, yeah, professional wrestling is “fake,” and it’s definitely not for everybody. Nevertheless, World Wrestling Entertainment holding its largest and most renowned event of the year – their Super Bowl if you will – in Philadelphia would be a very big deal.

According to a report, it could happen soon. Via 6abc, the city has expressed an interest in hosting the show at Lincoln Financial Field, an idea the WWE did not explicitly shoot down in an official statement on the matter. They didn’t indicate Mania might be coming to Philly, either, but the speculation is already rampant.

The success of WM 29 at MetLife Stadium – home to the New York Giants and Jets – this past April proved to company executives that outdoor venues in the northeast are viable, the possibility for inclement weather being the greatest concern that time of year. Philadelphia also has a long and storied tradition as one of the sport’s hotbeds, thus making it a logical destination in the region.

The most recent and only WrestleMania held in Philly was XV in 1999 inside the Wells Fargo Center, headlined by Stone Cold Steve Austin versus The Rock.

The event has not been held in a standard arena since 2006 in Chicago. Since then, it’s been cycled through a series of baseball and/or football stadiums which can hold 2-to-4 times as many people. 80,000-plus spectators were in attendance at MetLife this year.

If you’ve gotten this far and you’re not a wrestling fan, congratulations. Just to demonstrate how enormous having this event here would be, people from all 50 states and 34 countries around the world bought tickets to WrestleMania in 2013. It’s evolved into a nearly week-long party, with special access for fans leading up to the big day, and typically capped off by the live broadcast of their flagship Monday Night Raw the next night.

In other words, it’s a major, major tourism boost for the city economy.

Don’t get your hopes up for this coming April though. WrestleMania XXX is already booked for the Superdome in New Orleans. The apparent target dates would be 2015 or ’16. I’d mention I hope this comes to fruition, but you have to figure eventually the WWE will find a way to bring its marquee event back to the City of Brothery Love.

Coincidentally, the WWE is hosting its annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view at the WFC this Sunday. Looks like a fantastic card, too.

>> Philadelphia interested in hosting WrestleMania [6abc]

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  1. Chris - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I went when it was in the FU Center in ’99 and it was a great time. It’ll be crazy to see it in the Linc.

  2. galasso2586 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    This would be amazing. Philly is such a great pro wrestling city I don’t see how they could say no.

  3. McFly - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Awesome. Hoping I can locate a time machine soon to take me back to 1999 when professional wrestling was actually entertaining.

    • galasso2586 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Obviously you still don’t follow it. Right now it’s as good as it has been since the attitude era (Yes I will admit the Attitude Era is still better). There are so many good young stars that are coming up through the ranks that they now have a loaded roster from top to bottom. While the WWE Creative Team does have a propensity to screw things up like up and coming stars, I’m still holding out they won’t mess them all up.

      • Matt - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        Its not as “Entertaining” as the Attitude Era, but the quality of wrestling these days is off the charts. Daniel Bryan is putting together 4 star matches EVERY week

  4. Franchise - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Money in the bank is gonna be epic. I can’t wait for it

  5. Mike - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    It’s the best chance we have of seeing a championship at the Linc any time soon.

  6. G_E - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Was there in 1999, it was awesome. I just bought the Wrestlemania Anthology DVD set that contains all WMs from 1985 through 2006 – good deal on amazon. Will be watching them with son.

    I first went to Spectrum wrestling as a youngster in Feb 1982. I still remember the first match that was on when we walked in – Adrian Adonis vs SD Jones. I used to go every month. Literally 8-10 times per year from about 83 until 87.

    I lost interest when I was in high school and started watching again during the Raw vs Nitro years.

    Think I might be getting back into it. Perhaps renting MITB this weekend will get me back.

    • mark - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      The Spectrum held many historic wrestling battles…it was a great venue. We need Mania to come back to Philly. I use to go to the Spectrum every month to see the likes of Polish Power, Gorilla moonson, Ken Patera, Bob Backlund, Moondog, Superfly Snuka and many many more…

      Wrestling is still a good show and I would be first in line to buy the tickets


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