With three confirmed cases of the coronavirus Covid-19 confirmed in the Tampa area, government and WWE officials again faced questions about the status of WrestleMania 36, scheduled for Sun., April 5 at Raymond James Stadium.
More than the local incidences, it is the spread of the virus worldwide which has people concerned about an event like WrestleMania which brings people from all over the world. To date, there are more than 95,000 confirmed cases globally, resulting in more than 3200 deaths.
For a report on Tampa’s readiness and the status of major events coming to the area, local ABC affiliate WFTS reached out to WWE and got the following statement about their plans:
“The health and safety of our fans, performers and employees are our top priorities and we are monitoring the situation closely with our partners and government officials in Tampa Bay. We remain committed to hosting WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, April 5, and like other entertainment properties in the U.S., there are currently no plans to cancel or postpone our upcoming events.”
This is line with other major sports leagues and event promoters in the U.S., where there have thus far been none of the cancellations or empty house events occurring in Asia and Europe.
First and second round games in the NCAA Division I basketball tournament are set to take place in Tampa on Mar. 19 & 21 in Amalie Arena - the site of WWE’s Hall of Fame Ceremony and TakeOver: Tampa events in April. NCAA officials also confirmed plans to proceed with their plans while continuing to monitor the situation, and adhere to the latest guidelines from health officials.