WrestleMania is reportedly coming back to New York in 2013.
Sources told the Associated Press on Wednesday that WWE's showcase event will be taking place in New York's MetLife Stadium. That is the same building where the Jets and Giants play during the NFL season.
Technically it is in New Jersey, but since the Giants and Jets refer to themselves as New York teams we will take some liberties by saying that WrestleMania will reportedly be in the Big Apple.
The report also says the official announcement will come Thursday, when Governor Chris Christie will hold a press conference to "announce a major international event."
From a business perspective, this is a smart move for WWE. In the past, Madison Square Garden has been used to host WrestleMania—traditionally the event is held at that venue every 10 years.
However, given the popularity of the show and the fact that MSG only holds 20,000 fans, WWE would be giving up a lot of money by not holding WrestleMania 29 in a stadium arena.
There are a lot of inherent risks in holding the show at MetLife Stadium. WrestleMania will be held in late-March or early-April, and the weather in New Jersey is not going to cooperate with them. It is going to be cold and possibly snowy, and there is no roof to put over the stadium.
Vince McMahon will have to address those concerns, but knowing him he will just say something about Mother Nature not having the guts to mess with him on his most important day of the year.
He can talk a big game, and we all know he will, but this is a serious risk that he is taking by doing the show there.
You can't sweep this under the rug. McMahon is a smart enough businessman to know that, so we should give him the benefit of the doubt.
Again, this is all speculation. We have to wait until tomorrow before getting a definitive answer that WrestleMania will be taking place in MetLife Stadium. If the report is true, then we can worry about those questions.
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