Philadelphia Sports Congress responds to WrestleMania bid reports

PHILADELPHIA - August 21, 2013

The competition for WrestleMania 31 host city is down to two finalists: Santa Clara, California and Philly, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

To gauge Philadelphia's interest in securing WrestleMania, reached out to the Philadelphia Sports Congress on Wednesday.

They replied with the following statement:

While it is not our policy to discuss ongoing bid efforts, the Sports Congress and our area partners are in constant dialogue with the WWE about hosting their various major events, including WrestleMania and many others. Philadelphia has a long-standing history of partnering with the WWE in hosting countless events, and we look forward to continuing that partnership moving forward for years to come.

According the Mercury News report, San Clara's mayor and San Francisco 49ers executives are flying to Connecticut to meet WWE's chairman, Vince McMahon, to try and secure Levi's Stadium for Wrestlemania 31.

"Two weeks ago, city leaders and 49ers CEO Jed York blitzed WWE officials with a presentation at Niners headquarters, emphasizing the stadium's technology and size," the Mercury News said.

Levi's Stadium is the future home of the San Francisco 49ers and the location for Super Bowl L in February 2016.

But Philadelphia does not seem to be backing down to get pro wrestling's Super Bowl held on Broad Street.

As the Mercury News pointed out, "Wrestling blogs and Philadelphia media are abuzz about the City of Brotherly Love's pitch for the event."

Last month, the wrestling news website cited sources saying Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field and Santa Clara's Levi's Stadiums were the top contenders for the 2015 wrestling extravaganza.

At the time, contacted WWE in regards to that report and the sports entertainment company replied with the following statement:

Philadelphia is one of the many cities that has expressed an interest in hosting a future WrestleMania. An announcement regarding WrestleMania 31 will be made early next year.

The internet buzz of the City of Brotherly Love hosting its first WrestleMania since 1999 waned for the past few weeks until The San Jose Mercury News posted their story Tuesday.

In light of the new reports of Philadelphia as a WrestleMania finalist, WWE deferred, at this time, to the above statement.

This past April, WWE held their biggest event of the year at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. WrestleMania 29 grossed an excess of $72 million, the highest grossing event in WWE history and attracted 80,676 fans.

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