WWE Finally Decides on WrestleMania 30 Venue?

Sharon GlencrossContributor IFebruary 1, 2013

New Orleans' Superdome (photo from NOLA.com)
New Orleans' Superdome (photo from NOLA.com)

Sure, everyone is currently getting worked up for WrestleMania 29, due to take place on April 7 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. 

But what about WrestleMania 30 in 2014? (AKA WrestleMania XXX, but the family-friendly company may change that title for obvious reasons). Where will that event, likely to be one of the biggest pay-per-views ever, take place?

Previous reports (via WrestlingInc) had thrown out New York's Madison Square Garden as a potential venue for the show. Los Angeles was mentioned as a possibility, too.

Stories soon emerged that The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans—the site of this year's Super Bowl—was under consideration by WWE officials too (via WrestlingInc).  

In this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reports that the company has tagged the 37-year-old Superdome in New Orleans for the spot:

WrestleMania XXX is pretty much now confirmed for the Superdome in New Orleans, which would be the first time there’s been a pro wrestling show there since WCW booked Nitro there on June 21, 1999...The expectation is the official announcement will come in February in conjunction with the Elimination Chamber show, in New Orleans.

Assuming the report is correct, holding WrestleMania 30 at the Superdome is a wise move on the part of management. And not just because the city's appealing tax breaks, as NOLA noted in an article discussing WWE Studios' preference for filming there.

Sure, Madison Square Garden has a strong nostalgic appeal, but it only holds roughly 20,000 people (a paltry number for a current-day WrestleMania). In contrast, the Superdome has a 70,000+ capacity.

It's also worth pointing out that three WrestleManias have been held at Madison Square Garden (I, X and XX). For a company that often prides itself in boldness and innovation, holding WrestleMania 30 there would be rather predictable.          

While Los Angeles, with all its showbiz connections, may have provided a good venue for a company eager for mainstream acceptance, the city already gets the SummerSlam pay-per-view every year. You certainly don't want to risk watering down the wrestling market there, either.