It's becoming commonplace to see events postponed, canceled, or drastically altered in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Add World Wrestling Entertainment's marquee production Wrestlemania as the latest casualty.
Wrestlemania was originally scheduled for April 5th from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Instead of taking place in the spacious NFL venue that seats nearly 66,000 people, the production now moves to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. The wrestling promotion has already produced shows for its NXT and Smackdown brands from that location with RAW to air Monday evening.
WWE released a statement via its website addressing the change.
“In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place. However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.”