WrestleMania week to include 6 major events at 3 venues over 5 days.
A week-long celebration of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is officially on the books. WrestleMania 40 is set to take over Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday April 7, 2024. Friday Night SmackDown®, the 2024 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony®, and Monday Night Raw® will be held at Wells Fargo Center. Fan events are also scheduled at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. WWE will also host multiple community outreach events, including hospital visits and Be a STAR® bullying prevention rallies to give back to the region.
WrestleMania has a history of bringing in an incredible amount of revenue for its host cities. WWE says WrestleMania has generated more than $1.25 billion in cumulative economic impact for cities that have hosted the event over the past decade. In April 2022, 156,352 fans from all 50 states and 53 countries attended WrestleMania 38 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The event generated a record $206.5 million economic windfall for the Dallas/Arlington region. WWE also saw a 42% increase in first-day sales from WrestleMania 38 to WrestleMania 39, which is scheduled for April 2023 at SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles, California area. The company also broke a first-day sales record for any event in WWE history after selling over 90,000 tickets to WrestleMania 39 in the first 24 hours.
“We are proud to welcome WWE fans from around the world to Philadelphia to be a part of the historic 40th WrestleMania in 2024,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “The week-long series of events will help put a global spotlight on our great city while also generating a major impact for our local economy.”
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“Philadelphia is excited to host WrestleMania for the first time in 25 years,” said Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau President & CEO Gregg Caren. “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 Philadelphia Eagles are thrilled to partner with WWE as WrestleMania makes its much-anticipated return to Philadelphia in 2024,” said Philadelphia Eagles President and PHL Sports Advisory Board Chair Don Smolenski. “We are excited to help showcase the industry’s most iconic event in front of a global viewing audience and look forward to providing WWE fans in attendance with a first-class experience at Lincoln Financial Field.”
WWE has a history of hosting major events in Philadelphia. WWE brought SummerSlam to Philadelphia in 1990 and In Your House 10: Mind Games in 1996. Then in 1999, WrestleMania XV headlined by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock was held in Philadelphia. Unforgiven was also held in 2000. WWE brought Royal Rumble to Philadelphia in 2004 and again in 2015. WWE’s Survivor Series took over in 2006 and Money in the Bank was hosted in Philadelphia in 2013. WWE’s last live event at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia was Elimination Chamber in March 2020. Extreme Rules – which was last held in Philadelphia in 2019 – will be held again at Wells Fargo Center on October 8, 2022.
“On behalf of WWE, we are thrilled to bring WrestleMania back to the City of Brotherly Love,” said WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events John Saboor. “We thank all of our local partners who were integral in making this long-awaited return a reality.”
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