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Sources say WWE planning to move WrestleMania 37 to Tampa (UPDATED)

LA Times

There was already some speculation about WWE’s plans for WrestleMania 37 in the greater Los Angeles area.

Inglewood, California’s new SoFi Stadium was announced as the venue for the event back in February, before the pandemic changed everything. Since then, Los Angeles’ Mayor Eric Garcetti cast doubt on COVID-19 allowing any large gatherings in the area until at least April of 2021 (WrestleMania 37 is currently set for Mar. 28 of next year). The booking of likely Hall of Fame and NXT TakeOver venue Staples Center on ‘Mania weekend by musical acts was taken by some as another sign.

Now, multiple reports indicate WWE has begun planning to move the show to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium - the original site of this year’s WrestleMania 36, until coronavirus lockdowns forced the show to be held in a fan-free WWE Performance Center.

Inside The Ropes’ Gary Cassidy wrote about these “tentative plans,” which also include WWE securing buildings in the Tampa area that could potentially host ‘Mania week events. WrestleVotes tweeted their sources said the story was “very accurate.”

It’s not clear if the date would change as part of a move. As of right now, WWE is still advertising WrestleMania 37 for Sun., Mar. 28, 2021 in “Hollywood.”

Stay tuned.

UPDATE - Wrestling Observer reports WWE plans to WrestleMania 37 the Tampa, and speculates they’ll sell an undetermined number of tickets for the show in Raymond James Stadium, too. The company has not responded to their request for comment.

UPDATE 2 - A WWE source gave Jon Alba this statement:

“We have nothing to report and given the current environment, we continue to monitor locations for all of our potential events.”