WWE News: Should WrestleMania Return to Madison Square Garden?

David Rutter@DavidRutter1990Correspondent IIIJanuary 12, 2012

WrestleMania 28 is only a few months away. This year, it will take place at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. This will be Sun Life's first WrestleMania, but this will be Florida's second WrestleMania in five years.

The venue for WrestleMania 29 hasn't been announced yet.

But, what about WrestleMania 30?

WrestleMania started at Madison Square Garden, returned there for the 10th and 20th anniversary, but over the last 12 years, Vince McMahon has made every effort to hold his "brain child" in gigantic stadiums that hold over 60,000 people and not small arenas that are used for Raw and SmackDown.

Over the last 12 years, these have been the venues for WrestleMania.

2001: Reliant Astrodome (67,925)

2002: Skydome (68,237)

2003: Safeco Field (68,237)

2004: MSG (20,250)

2005: Staples Center (20,193)

2006: All State Arena (17,159)

2007: Ford Field (80,103)

2008: Citrus Bowl (74,635)

2009: Reliant Stadium (72,744)

2010: University of Phoenix Stadium (72,219)

2011: Georgia Dome (71,617)

The last 11 WrestleManias have averaged 57,574 people compared to the first 16 which averaged 30,935.

This year's stadium had a maximum capacity of 75,192 people.

Rumor has it that Vince McMahon and Company are looking at Dallas' Cowboys Stadium for next year's event. Cowboys Stadium can hold more than 100,000 people.

So my question to you (the reader) is, will McMahon pass up a huge payday just for nostalgia's sake? Should he?

Last year's WresteMania earned $6.6 million in ticket sales compared to $2.2 million when WrestleMania 20 was held in MSG back in 2004. After calculating the cost of inflation, it's not even a half-million-dollar difference between 2004 and 2012.

I got this idea for the article a few days ago when I was watching the documentary portion of The True Story of WrestleMania on Netflix. There was a certain part towards the end where Bob Collins, who was the senior VP of promotions of WWE from 1988-2008, talks about how he got a phone call from Vince McMahon right after WrestleMania 21 and Vince said, "After Chicago and every year after that, I want to go back to stadiums."

So, should Vince McMahon bypass MSG on anniversary editions of WrestleMania for the bigger and "better" venues? Should WrestleMania always go back there for the anniversary editions? Does it really matter where anniversary shows are held?

Is WrestleMania too big of an event to be held in such small arenas? 

What do you guys think?


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