WRESTLEMANIA: WrestleMania is coming to Nashville if the enclosed stadium is built (Tennessean.com)

Posted on 11/21/122 by Mike Informer

WWE's WrestleMania coming to Nashville in
2027 if proposed enclosed stadium is

Mike Organ
Nashville Tennessean

WrestleMania is headed to Nashville provided
a proposed enclosed stadium is built in the
next five years.

Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville
Convention & Visitors Corp., had spoken in
the past with World Wrestling Entertainment
about hosting WrestleMania. When Mayor John
Cooper and the Tennessee Titans delivered
the draft terms for the enclosed proposed
stadium to the Nashville Council in October
those talks ramped up and Spyridon received
a verbal commitment from WWE to host the
2027 WrestleMania with the provision the
stadium is built.

WrestleMania is one of the world's largest
entertainment events. It reaches more than
one billion homes in 57 countries annually.
It would have an estimated economic impact
of $206.5 million on Nashville.

WWE brought its second biggest annual
premium live event to Nashville in July when
SummerSlam took place at Nissan Stadium.

“The minute the Mayor’s office and the
Titans released the stadium term sheet, we
started looking for opportunities," Spyridon
said. "WWE had an incredible experience at
Nissan Stadium this past summer, and we
started talking. WrestleMania is considered
the No. 6 top sports event brand in the
world, and we are grateful for their
confidence and belief in Nashville."

The proposal to build a new $2.1 billion
enclosed stadium will be voted on by the
Metro Council. Spyridon recently met with
the Council to report the deal with
WrestleMania was in place.

"(WrestleMania) is a weeklong event
potentially worth upwards of $200 million
and is broadcast in 57 countries," Spyridon
told the Council. "This is just the
beginning of what our city can do if the
stadium deal is approved. Deep appreciation
to WWE, the Titans and the state for getting
this done."

Spyridon also told the Council WrestleMania
is the No. 1 most followed sports brand over
all social media platforms.

The WWE released this statement confirming
its intention to come to Nashville provided
the proposed stadium gets built.

“Nashville has exploded as a cultural center
in the United States and as the land of
opportunity. WWE looks forward to hosting
many events in partnership with the great
city of Nashville at the proposed enclosed

To illustrate the enormity of the event
Spyridon called WrestleMania, "CMA Fest on
steroids: equivalent to two-to-three CMA
Fests in one week in terms of impact."

The 38th edition of WrestleMania took place
in April at AT&T Stadium, the home of the
Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas, where
156,352 people attended.

The 2023 host will be SoFi Stadium in Los
Angeles and 2024 will be Lincoln Financial
Field in Philadelphia. Sites beyond 2024
have not been announced.

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