According to a report from the Mercury News, the two finalists competing for the right to host WrestleMania 31 in 2015 are Santa Clara and Philadelphia. Both cities have legitimate claims to hosting the biggest WWE event of the year.
The former would play host to the show at the brand spankin' new Levi's Stadium scheduled to open next year. It's already set to play host to Super Bowl 50 in 2016, and it would be quite the achievement if officials could get two of the biggest events of the year in consecutive years to really kick things off the right way.
That's why, according to the same report, the San Francisco 49ers, who will make their home at Levi's Stadium, plan on sending executives out to Stamford, Connecticut, to make their pitch:
Mayor Jamie Matthews and 49ers executives are flying to World Wrestling Entertainment headquarters in Connecticut to pitch the company's charismatic chairman, Vince McMahon, next week. 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.
"It really is the wrestling world's Super Bowl," a confident Matthews said Tuesday. Like the NFL championship game, the first WrestleMania ever in Northern California would "be something that will benefit the cities around us economically and cement our preeminence as a sports capital here."
Philadelphia, meanwhile, is a noted wrestling town that helped make Money in the Bank back on July 14 of this year such a success. It wouldn't be the first time the city hosted "The Showcase of the Immortals" either, as WrestleMania 15 hit the Wells Fargo Center with Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock as the headlining attraction.
An official announcement won't be made until January of next year.
Well, Cagesiders, if it was up to you, where would you want WrestleMania 31 to emanate from?