Drew Brees Confirms WrestleMania 30 Location
Well, it looks like wrestling fans finally have their answer.
Earlier today Brees excitedly tweeted:
Of course, for anyone who has been following this story, the news that WrestleMania 30 will be taking be place at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans shouldn't be too much of a surprise.
Indeed, the Superdome, which also hosted this year's Superbowl, has long been considered the front-runner.
Last week, BenzInsider even talked up the stadium as a likely venue, noting that Louisiana's money-saving tax credits made it hugely attractive to an entertainment company like WWE.
As Nola noted in 2010, WWE Studios has filmed many of their feature films there for this reason alone.
Per reports (PWInsider via Wrestlinginc), Madison Square Garden in New York was another strong candidate due to its long and storied history with the company, but there were significant drawbacks to going there.
First of all, three WrestleManias have already been held there (I, X and XX), making it hardly a bold new location.
More crucially, as WWE announcer Jim Ross said on Twitter recently when giving his opinion on the matter, there's simply more money in going with a stadium rather than an arena.
MSG holds only roughly 20,000 people; the Superdome, on the other hand, has 70,000+ capacity.
Sure, nostalgia is great, and it would be fitting to hold WrestleMania 30 live from MSG, but is it worth losing "literally millions of dollars" over, as Ross claimed?
In this case, it's easy to see why an astute businessman like Vince McMahon would pick the Superdome.
It's a better business decision.
Now, let's just hope, come 2014, when the lights go off for The Undertaker's entrance, they don't take half an hour to come back on.
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