WWE.com has confirmed that WrestleMania 31 will be taking place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California in spring of 2015. The news was first confirmed in a post by nbcbayarea.com. It was chosen over Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The stadium is currently under construction with an estimated cost of $1.2 billion. Upon completion, the stadium will be the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. It will also host the 50th edition of the Super Bowl scheduled to take place in February 2016. The stadium has a seating capacity of 68,500 which is expandable up to 75,000.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is expected to make the official announcement in a press conference on Tuesday. Superstars including John Cena and CM Punk are expected to be present.
The area will also host the week-long activities which are part of WrestleMania. These include autograph signing events, WrestleMania Axxess, WWE Hall of Fame ceremony and the Monday Night Raw show after WrestleMania.
There is a report that AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas has been selected to host WrestleMania 32 in spring of 2016. However a confirmation from WWE is yet to come.
The home of the Cowboys has a seating capacity of 80,000 (and is expandable up to over 100,000), making it the fourth biggest stadium in the league. During the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, the stadium created a new sporting event record with an attendance of 108,713. Earlier, WrestleMania III, which took place in Detroit, Michigan, had the record registered to its name with an attendance of 93,173. If WrestleMania 32 takes place in Texas, WWE has a golden opportunity to register the record on its name once again.
Next year in 2014, WrestleMania will celebrate its 30th anniversary. The event will take place on April 6, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. 65,000+ attendance is expected for the first WrestleMania to be held in the state of Louisiana.
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