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Tampa expected to host WWE’s WrestleMania 36 in 2020

World Wrestling Entertainment would stage the event at Raymond James Stadium.
Ronda Rousey will headline this year's WrestleMania, which will take place in East Rutherford, N.J. [Associated Press]
Published Feb. 26
Updated Feb. 26

Rumor has it that WrestleMania, World Wrestling Entertainment’s showcase event, is coming to Tampa.

Various wrestling-related websites and Twitter accounts have pegged Raymond James Stadium as the venue and April 5, 2020 as the date.

The Tampa Bay Sports Commission declined comment Monday and directed inquiries to WWE. “We have nothing to announce at this time,” WWE said in a statement.

In May, the commission submitted a bid to WWE in hopes of landing a WrestleMania in Tampa in 2023, 2024 or 2025. It seems as if the commission’s wishes will come true sooner than expected.

WWE has held WrestleMania in Florida three times. Orlando hosted the event in 2008 and 2017, and Miami hosted it in 2012. The announced attendance at each was more than 74,000. Raymond James Stadium seats about 66,000.

It would be a busy start to the year for Raymond James Stadium, which will be the home of a yet-to-be-named XFL professional football franchise beginning in February. The stadium also is scheduled to host Super Bowl LV in 2021.

This year, WrestleMania 35 will take place April 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. In the main event, which is not yet official, Ronda Rousey will defend her championship against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, the daughter of Hall of Famer Ric Flair.


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