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Philly WrestleMania update: no bid placed, venues unavailable

Dec 12, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT


The good people at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau wanted us to let you know the official reason why the city will not be hosting a WWE WrestleMania in 2015 or 2016. Turns out, Philly never put in a bid in the first place.

Before wrestling fans get up in arms though, the reason no bid was placed is because it was determined the necessary venues were unavailable. Here is the official statement from the WWE:

While Philadelphia expressed a great interest in hosting Wrestlemania in 2015 and 2016, the fact is the city did not submit a formal proposal because the facilities necessary to host ancillary events weren’t available. Philadelphia remains a strong market for WWE in all aspects of our business.

Brock Koller for 6ABC provides more detail after speaking to Executive Director of Philadelphia Sports Congress, Larry Needle:

Needle says after discussing the idea of hosting WrestleMania 31 or 32 with administrators with Lincoln Financial Field, the Philadelphia Convention Center, and Comcast Spectactor, it was determined the dates were not available and no bid was ever made.

WWE holds multiple events during WrestleMania weekend, which is why not just Lincoln Financial Field officials were contacted.

“It was quickly obvious that we did not have the availability [at those venues]. The dates did not line up,” Needle said.


Kind of wonder what those three sites could have lined up for next year already that’s bigger than WrestleMania.

Needle did say the city will still be interested in hosting a future WrestleMania, telling 6ABC, “All things in good time.”


>> WWE, City: Philadelphia never placed bid for WrestleMania [6ABC]

  1. Franchise - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Bs. If something this big and profitable wanted to come to your city you could make those dates available. I mean what’s more profitable, a week full on activities where people come from all around the world to attend, or a Taylor swift concert ? Come on guys. Step it up

    • thisguy - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Could be as simple as the convention center is booked during the desired time slots. For the ancillary events, it would make sense to bring the attendees into center city (Hotels, restaurants, shopping, tourism, general exposure). The convention center would make perfect sense, rather than keeping the attendees isolated at the sports complex, naval yard or elsewhere.

      These conventions commit years in advance, and bring tens of thousands of people into the city, who the spend hundreds of thousands of dollars. The convention center averaged just under 70k attendees monthly last year, and Feb-May is one of the most desirable time to host in the city. Sure the WWE brings similar, but odds are the average demographic there isn’t going to spend the same amount of $$.

      Plenty of thought and planning goes into these decisions. It’s not just “eh, Kanye West has the time slot, no WWE”.

  2. Northeast Philly - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    It’s still real to me, dammit!


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