WRESTLEMANIA 41: Minnesota Mania passed on “due to change in direction” by new WWE ownership

Posted on 5/05/124 by Colin Vassallo

Minnesota’s third attempt to bring WrestleMania to the city
fell apart after Las Vegas entered the race.

The result was obviously a disappointment for those who
worked on the bid at the Minnesota Sports and Events.

“We were informed by WWE that Minnesota would not host
WrestleMania in 2025 due to a change in direction by new
ownership,” Wendy Blackshaw, MNSE’s president and chief
executive, told The Star Tribute. “Although disappointed, we
are in discussions with WWE about future events in
Minnesota. We are optimistic that Minnesota will host WWE
events here in the future.”

The pitch was to host WrestleMania at the U.S. Bank Stadium
and all the other televised events at The Target Center. The
U.S. Bank Stadium holds 73,000 fans while The Target Center
seats up to 20,000.

As late as mid-March, Blackshaw said she was hopeful that
they got the event and was looking forward to see the result
within weeks.

The city was already a candidate to host WrestleMania 33 and
prepared a bid to host WrestleMania 36 as well but 33 went
to Orlando and 36 originally went to Tampa, although it
ended up being at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando due
to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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