Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, has been awarded hosting rights to the 2024 edition of WWE’s showpiece WrestleMania event.
The event will take place at the 69,000-capacity stadium on the weekend of April 6-7, 2024.
Other events surrounding WrestleMania will include Friday Night Smackdown, the 2024 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony and Monday Night Raw, which will take place at Wells Fargo Center, home of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.
Other fan events will also take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the days leading up to the showpiece at Lincoln Financial Field. Additionally, WWE will host multiple community outreach events.
According to WWE, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.25bn (£1.03bn/€1.23bn) in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event. This year’s event at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, attracted 156,352 fans over two days and generated a record $206.5m economic windfall for the Dallas/Arlington region.
The last time Philadelphia staged WrestleMania was in 1999, when Wells Fargo Center played host.
Gregg Caren, president and chief executive of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, said: “Philadelphia is excited to host WrestleMania for the first time in 25 years. The combination of Philadelphia’s passionate fans joining forces with WWE’s worldwide fan base will create an incredible electricity throughout the city for the events at Lincoln Financial Field, Wells Fargo Center and the Pennsylvania Convention Center.”
The 2021 WrestleMania was held at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the 2023 edition will head to SoFi Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers.
SoFi Stadium had been due to host the 2021 edition but the COVID-19 pandemic led to WWE shifting that event to Raymond James Stadium, which was originally the host for the 2020 version. The 2020 edition ended up being staged at Orlando’s WWE Performance Center, with no fans allowed due to COVID-19.