It’s been rumored for some time now that Philadelphia would make a play for WrestleMania again. They reportedly made token offers for the 2015 and 2016 events that went to Santa Clara and Dallas, respectively. Philadelphia Sports Congress Executive Director Larry Needle later cited the unavailability of venues needed for ancillary events as a reason why no official bids were made. There was also a report (or rumor…) that Lincoln Financial Field reps were difficult to work with and treated the WWE like they were “doing them a favor,” similar rumblings to what we heard about the bidding process for the 2012 Winter Classic which Citizens Bank Park eventually hosted.
Now, according to a WWE source, Philly has recently submitted a much more attractive bid to host WrestleMania 34 in 2018.
Details, per the tipster:
- Lincoln Financial Field would, of course, host the main event
- NXT and RAW events would be held at Wells Fargo Center
- FanFest events at the Convention Center
Submitting a bid doesn’t guarantee success, but from the sounds of it, and now that WrestleMania’s auxiliary events have become a big draw, too, this time around the bid is said to be stronger.
The Philadelphia Sports Congress declined to comment for this post.
We’ll keep you updated.