WrestleMania 31 has a found a home in the form of a billion-dollar NFL stadium in Northern California.
WWE.com reports that "Levi's Stadium, the future home of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., will host WrestleMania 31 in 2015." AT&T Stadium, the Dallas Cowboys' extravagant home, will have to wait to welcome WWE's premiere event.
Word is that Jerry Jones' famous shrine to football won't be waiting for long. Per an NBC affiliate, via WrestleZone.com, Arlington, Tex. is reportedly getting WrestleMania 32. That has yet to be confirmed by WWE, however.
As for WrestleMania 31, it's officially going to be in California's Bay Area. Levi's Stadium, potentially nicknamed "The Field of Jeans," per NFL.com, will play host to championship bouts and grudge matches a year after the New Orleans Superdome does.
This continues a recent trend of WrestleManias heading to NFL stadiums. Since 2007, the only WrestleMania location that wasn't an NFL team's homefield was the Citrus Bowl, the site of WrestleMania XXIV.
|WrestleMania XXIII||Ford Field||Detroit Lions|
|WrestleMania XVI||Reliant Stadium||Houston Texans|
|WrestleMania XVII||University of Phoenix Stadium||Arizona Cardinals|
|WrestleMania XVIII||Georgia Dome||Atlanta Falcons|
|WrestleMania XV||Sun Life Stadium||Miami Dolphins|
|WrestleManai XXIX||MetLife Stadium||New York Giants, Jets|
|WrestleMania XXX||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||New Orleans Saints|
|WrestleMania XXXI||Levi's Stadium||San Francisco 49ers|
Levi's Stadium holds 68,500 fans normally, but that number can be expanded when a wrestling ring replaces a football field. The slickly designed structure features an open design and promises to incorporate green technology including solar panels and water-conserving plumbing.
Even before WWE's design team gets a chance to dress it up, it's a gorgeous building.
It's clear Vince McMahon and company love the massive, modern, handsomely designed stadiums of the world. That's great news for the attendance and revenue figures, but it also means we're not likely to see WrestleMania head back to more history-rich buildings like Madison Square Garden again.
WrestleMania continues to mirror the Super Bowl in extravagance and in location.
WrestleMania 30 will come to New Orleans a little over a year after the Baltimore Ravens defeated the 49ers at Super Bowl XLVII. This year's WrestleMania took advantage of the immensity of MetLife Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLVIII.
Super Bowl L is headed to Santa Clara in 2016, but not before "The Showcase of the Immortals" has come and gone.
It didn't take long before fans snatched up the news of where WrestleMania 31 will be.
Tye Dye Guy, a fan of the recognizable variety, promises to be there.
CONGRATS to SANTA CLARA CA for getting WRESTLEMANIA 31. I WILL BE THERE but until then its WM 30 IN NEW ORLEANS COMING UP #Wrestlemania— Tye Dye Guy (@TyeDyeGuyWWE) December 9, 2013
As for the Superstars and Divas who will be a part of the event, one has to bet on the members of The Shield playing a prominent role. By then, that group is likely to be dissolved with at least one of them serving in a main event role.
Will Roman Reigns be in the hunt for the WWE Championship? Will Seth Rollins steal the show opposite Daniel Bryan? Will some of NXT's current stars be a part of The Show of Shows by then?
The who of WrestleMania 31 is hard to answer while the where is already decided.