Sunday April 5, 2020, the City of Champions will host WWE’s Wrestlemania 36 at Raymond James Stadium. The benefits of the annual event will allow local businesses to hulk up their bottom line.
WWE officials and athletes made the major announcement Thursday morning at Raymond James Stadium, with the help of Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, and the Tampa Sports Authority.
The news was first reported by Tampa Bay Times, who also reports that the city may experience the same economic benefit that an NFL Super Bowl weekend brings to a city. The City’s mayor took to Twitter to double down on his support for the 2020 event, proudly sporting a WWE Championship replica belt. He captions the iconic photo by thanking the WWE’s Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, who also happens to be the heir to pro wrestling tycoon Vince McMahon’s multibillion-dollar empire.
Thank you @WWE, @StephMcMahon and the entire #WrestleMania community—we can’t wait to have you in the @CityofTampa in April of 2020. This means I still have some time to train for my next career in the ring. ???????? #TeamTampaBay pic.twitter.com/6JLG6uxjEZ— Bob Buckhorn (@BobBuckhorn) March 7, 2019
This will mark the first time WWE brings the big event to the Bay Area, in its (so far) 35 years. Tampa’s sports commission put in a bid to host Wrestlemania in Tampa in May 2018, electing to host in 2023, 2024, or 2025. The city of Super Bowl and Stanley Cup Champions scored bigger with an even earlier date, in Aprill 2022.
Read the full press release here.