Sorry Minnesota. Looks like last week's reports were correct, and WWE is taking their annual pop culture extravaganza back to Orlando, Florida next year.
The company officially confirmed a short-time ago that WrestleMania 33 will take place on April 2, 2017 at the Citrus Bowl. This will be the second time in Orlando, and third in Florida, for the Showcase of the Immortals.
Many fans pointed out there were significant complaints when Mania XXIV was in Orlando, including inadequate number of restrooms and concession outlets for a crowd like the tens of thousands who flock to WWE's biggest event.
John Saboor, WWE's executive vice president of special events, told the Orlando Sentinel that renovations done since 2008 addressed those concerns:
All of us were very favorably impressed by all of the improvements made to the Citrus Bowl.
WWE's ties to the area - specifically the presence of their training and development headquarters at the Performance Center and the presence of numerous family entertainment venues like Disney World and Universal Studios - makes the city in Central Florida an attractive option for WrestleMania. Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer told the Sentinel his goal is to be somewhere that regularly hosts the event, ""maybe every five years."
That's for later, however. For now, WWE will hold a press event tomorrow morning at 11AM Eastern to kick-off the build to WrestleMania 33.
We'll have more details for you then.