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The speculation has gone on for quite a while now that U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, was at the top of the list to host Wrestlemania 33 in the spring of 2017. It seemed like a natural fit. . .big, shiny new stadium in a region that has some very strong ties to WWE and the wrestling industry in general. . .it would be the perfect venue.
Unfortunately, if the Twin Cities is going to host Wrestlemania, it now won't be until Wrestlemania 34 in 2018 at the earliest.
Our friends over at Cageside Seats (among others) are bringing us the story that WWE confirmed that Wrestlemania 33 will take place at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
While the majority of the events have taken place indoors, obviously, the selection of the Citrus Bowl is part of a trend where WWE isn't afraid to have its showcase event outdoors. Wrestlemania 29 was held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, while Wrestlemania 31 was held at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Wrestlemania 32 will take place in a few weeks at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
It would have been nice to see Wrestlemania 33 at U.S. Bank Stadium. For now, it looks like the new home of the Vikings will just have to settle for hosting a Super Bowl and a Final Four. There will, however, be plenty of opportunities for WWE to bring its crown jewel to the NFL's best new stadium in the future.