WWE: Ranking the 10 Best NFL Stadiums for a Future WrestleMania
Following the announcement that WrestleMania will be coming to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in 2013, the WWE will once again hold their biggest event of the year at one of the massive stadiums of the NFL.
As WrestleMania usually holds its signature event at the beginning of April, weather will play a major factor in choosing where the event will take place, as most stadiums in the league are open-air facilities.
With past events in Atlanta, Arizona, Detroit and Houston, the following slideshow will rank the 10 best remaining NFL best stadiums the WWE could hold the crown jewel of their company and the sport in the coming years.
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
While this selection might be the biggest long shot of any current NFL stadium, the image of WrestleMania taking place on the (hopefully not) frozen tundra of Lambeau Field would make it one of the best, if not the best, venues to hold the event over the past 28 years.
With average temperatures in the 50s during April, that stat about Green Bay will likely keep the home of the Packers from ever hosting the biggest event of the year for the WWE.
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
As arguably one of the rowdiest fanbases in the National Football League, Arrowhead Stadium would be a perfect venue for a WrestleMania, as the big event would make its first venture into the state of Missouri.
With a capacity of more than 76,000 for football, Arrowhead could possibly hit 90,000 if WrestleMania ever made it to KC.
Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California
Even with plans moving forward for a new home for the 49ers in Santa Clara, how about Candlestick Park getting one last big event before the doors are shut for good and they move down the road to their new facility?
No matter if it’s Candlestick or the new stadium in Santa Clara, the return of WrestleMania to the Pacific Coast will be the first since WrestleMania went Hollywood for the 21st edition of the wrestling spectacle.
FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
After the Capital Punishment pay-per-view last year in the nation's capital, the WWE could return to the area, but instead of having the event at the Verizon Center in downtown DC, have it at the home of the Redskins, FedEx Field.
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennslyvania
Wouldn’t it be great to be watching the main event match for the WWE Championship while enjoying a cheesesteak from your seat at the Linc?
If the WWE would hold WrestleMania at the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, it would mark the first time the company would return to the city of Brotherly Love since the Rock and Steve Austin fought for the WWE title in 1999.
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
The WWE would not have to worry about weather playing a factor for another outdoor WrestleMania, as it seems Mother Nature leaves San Diego comfortable year round.
With the weather not playing a factor for San Diego, the only question would be if the Chargers will still be in Qualcomm Stadium in the next few years, or would they relocate to one of the new stadiums in Los Angeles?
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
After hosting Super Bowl XLVI between the Giants and the Patriots, it would only make sense for Lucas Oil Stadium to host the WWE's version of their Super Bowl at an upcoming WrestleMania in the future.
With the selection of MetLife Stadium for next year, I would expect the house that Peyton Manning built will the future home of a WrestleMania for John Cena, Randy Orton and others of the WWE.
Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Even though some locals in the Windy City refer to it as the "Spaceship on Soldier Field," the return of the WWE to Chicago for a WrestleMania would be a much larger spectacle than during the prior three events over the past 28 years.
Like the Bears’ division rival Green Bay's home field, Soldier Field will have to deal with the elements, as Chicago could be nice in April or downright miserable along Lake Michigan.
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Before the announcement that Metlife Stadium will host next year's WrestleMania, there were a lot of rumors that WrestleMania could have been heading down on the gulf to New Orleans for the first event in the state of Louisiana.
As the Crescent City continues to recover from Hurricane Katrina six years ago, the money from hosting a WrestleMania would be a great deal for the city, as the city of Detroit got almost 25 million dollars during the 2007 event.
Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Even if it is the second-newest stadium in the NFL behind MetLife Stadium, it will be just a matter of time before WrestleMania makes its way to Arlington to hold a future event at Jerry's World, or what most people call it, Cowboys Stadium.
With a calendar filled with college basketball and football games, concerts and all-star games at the home of the Cowboys, the WWE might have to wait a year or two before they schedule their biggest of the year at Jerry Jones' palace in the heart of Texas.