WWE WrestleMania Returns to Orlando in 2017

This morning it was announced that World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) will present WrestleMania 33 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on April 2, 2017.

WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon

This will mark the second time the WWE has held the event in Orlando. The Citrus Bowl was also the site of WrestleMania XXIV (24) in 2008, where Big Show famously fought boxer Floyd Mayweather.

The announcement was first made in the early hours this morning at the WWE WrestleMania Twitter page:

And then confirmed in a late morning press conference attended by WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon and his daughter, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, along with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs, and Florida Governor Rick Scott. Several WWE talent, like Roman Reigns, Rick Flair, and John Cena, were also in attendance.

“We are delighted that WWE has chosen Central Florida as the host destination for its signature event,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, “The week-long series of events will provide a significant economic boost to our region, while giving visitors a chance to experience Orlando’s world-class attractions.”

WrestleMania is a huge sporting event that draws a lot of people to the host city, resulting in a lot of money being pumped into the economy.

In addition to WrestleMania, other activities during the week of the event will include:

  • WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s four-day interactive fan festival at the Orange County Convention Center
  • The 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Amway Center
  • Monday Night Raw at the Amway Center, the night following WrestleMania
  • Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies, plus hospital visits and other community outreach initiatives designed to give back to the host community

For four consecutive years, WrestleMania has generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region. The event will be broadcast live on WWE Network and pay-per-view in more than 180 countries.

“Orlando is the home to so many family-friendly, global attractions so it’s only fitting that it once again plays host to WrestleMania,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “On behalf of everyone at WWE, thank you Governor Scott, Mayor Dyer and Mayor Jacobs for bringing WrestleMania back to the Citrus Bowl.”

Central Florida is also home to WWE NXT, which tapes at Full Sail University, and the WWE Performance Center, a 26,000-square-foot training facility in east Orange County.

[Images courtesy World Wrestling Entertainment]

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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