In 2014, WrestleMania made its debut in New Orleans. The weekend was extremely successful, capped off by Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight title. Today, the WWE announced WrestleMania will return to the Big Easy soon.
WrestleMania 34 will take place at the Superdome in New Orleans on April 8, 2018. It's the second time New Orleans will host, and the April 8 date is the latest that Wrestlemania has ever been held, likely due to Easter falling on April 1 in 2018. The Smoothie King Center in New Orleans will host NXT, the Hall of Fame Ceremony, RAW and SmackDown, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
New Orleans was a fantastic city to host WrestleMania when it hosted in 2014. Unlike many cities, the downtown area is very close together, so all of the WWE events were within walking distance of one another. The Superdome and Smoothie King Center, where the Hall of Fame, RAW, and likely NXT next year, are right across from one another, and both are within walking distance of the Convention Center where Axxess is held. WrestleCon and other non-WWE events were right across the street from the Convention Center, and what's now known as the WWN was able to find a place at Tulane, just a 15-minute drive away from the arena. Compare that to Orlando, where Axxess is 20 minutes away from the arenas, and anything non-WWE is at least 20 minutes from anything else wrestling-wise. A logistical nightmare for fans for Wrestlemania 33 will certainly correct itself for 34.
The early reports of New Orleans came as a bit of a surprise, as Minneapolis was considered to be a heavy favorite to host for the second straight year before losing out, with Philadelphia considered the dark horse. However, immediately after New Orleans hosted in 2014, reports came out that the city would want to host again, as the event brought in over 140 million dollars in economic impact to the area. RAW is in New Orleans tonight, where there will certainly be mention made of the official announcement.
Throw in that The Undertaker will be in New Orleans (randomly, on RAW) for the first time since losing at Wrestlemania 30, and while it's unlikely, we could get our first hint on what's to come, 15 months early.
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