WWE Rumors: Will Madison Square Garden Really Host WrestleMania 30?

Sharon GlencrossContributor ISeptember 26, 2012

UNCASVILLE, CT - AUGUST 3:  Actor Jeremy Piven guest hosts WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' at Mohegan Sun on August 3, 2009 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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WrestleMania 30. Make no mistake about it: the event, due to take place in the spring of 2014, is going to be an absolutely massive deal when it happens.

Yes, even by its already high public-relations standards, WrestleMania proves to be an event which, somehow, does get bigger every year.

But the burning question is, what city will have the privilege of hosting it? Certainly, there are a few possibilities.

Interestingly, in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer gives an update on the event, noting that Madison Square Garden is currently in the running to host the event:

We’ve been told a few times in the last week that as surprising as this is, Madison Square Garden is considered a possibility as the host for WrestleMania XXX in 2014. The two things against it are only having about 18,000 seats when the demand will likely be there for 60,000 or more, and going two straight years in the same market. The flip side is the history, with Mania I, X and XX all at the Garden.

It will be interesting to see what Vince McMahon and Co. ultimately decide.

As Meltzer notes, MSG undoubtedly has tons of nostalgia value for the company and its long-time fans, with the Manhattan arena arguably being the most significant venue in WWE history. In some ways, it seems only fitting that WrestleMania 30 would occur there.

But the drawbacks are crucial, too.

MSG is a relatively small venue (WrestleMania 29, by contrast, is taking place at nearby New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on April 7), so the company sure won't be breaking any attendance records if they hold it there.

Therefore, there's the risk of not doing the astronomical business the company is used to and, worse, not meeting its fanbase's demand for the WWE product.

That could turn out to be a significant miscalculation.