After the new Minnesota Vikings' stadium was approved back in 2012, there was speculation about how plenty of big events other than Vikings games would be held there after its completion. The venue has already garnered a Super Bowl, as it will host the game in 2018. It will also be the home of the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in 2019.
And now, it appears, the real big one could be coming.
According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority will be pushing for the stadium to host Wrestlemania 33, which will take place in late March or early April of 2017.
WWE generally reserves Wrestlemania for much larger venues than they use for a lot of their pay-per-view events. Wrestlemania 31 will take place in March at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, California, while Wrestlemania 32 has already been announced for AT&T Stadium (aka Jerryworld) in Texas.
Minnesota's ties to the world of professional wrestling run pretty deep, with numerous performers from WWE and WCW, and back to the days of the old AWA, having called Minnesota home. With a state-of-the-art venue coming on line in the near future, it makes sense for the area to play host to the biggest event in sports entertainment.
As far as an economic impact for the Twin Cities. . .well, I'll just throw this out there.
Over the past seven years, WrestleMania has generated more than $540 million in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event. WrestleMania 30 generated a record-breaking $142.2 million in economic impact for the New Orleans region this past April, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation. This marks the third consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host city.
But, you know, I'm sure the Twin Cities couldn't really use that sort of influx of income, could they?