WrestleMania heads to SoFi Stadium

SoFi Stadium, the soon-to-open new home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers NFL teams, has been awarded hosting rights to the 2021 edition of WrestleMania, the showpiece event organised by US wrestling organisation WWE.

It marks the latest major event for the 70,000-seat stadium, which will open with two Taylor Swift concerts in July. The stadium has already been pencilled in to host the 2022 Super Bowl, as well as events during the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

The announcement was made today (Monday) by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. WrestleMania 37 will take place on March 28, 2021 at SoFi Stadium and the wider Hollywood Park complex.

Garcetti said: “It is a one-of-a-kind event that provides an economic boost to the region – and fans from around the world will find a city that is ready to host them and welcomes the spectacle.”

Jason Gannon, managing director of SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, added: “WrestleMania is one of the world’s most-watched events, and we are proud to welcome WWE to the Inglewood community. WWE’s commitment to community is consistent with our mission to provide a lasting positive impact in the community. We look forward to making a difference with WWE.”

The week-long WrestleMania event will also incorporate Friday Night SmackDown, NXT TakeOver and Monday Night Raw at Staples Center; the WrestleMania Axxess fan festival at the Los Angeles Convention Center; and the 2021 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

This year’s WrestleMania takes place on April 5 at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL team. Last year’s event took place at MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets.

Last month, Kevin Demoff, chief operating officer of the Rams, said that work on SoFi Stadium is more than 85 per cent complete ahead of its planned opening in the summer.

Image: SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park