Levi’s Stadium Santa Clara to Host WrestleMania in 2015
By Robert Haugh
Are you ready to rumble? After months of anticipation, Levi’s Stadium was officially announced as the host site for WrestleMania 31 at a press conference on Dec. 10 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. A who’s who of some of the most recognizable sports entertainment superstars joined civic leaders, including John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, The Big Show, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Fandango, The Great Khali, R-Truth and WWE Divas Brie Bella, Nikki Bella and Summer Rae.
“I assure you that WrestleMania will rival, if not exceed the Super Bowl,” said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. “We put smiles on people’s faces ... WrestleMania should be on everyone’s bucket list.”
In addition to the star-studded wrestling spectacular slated for Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Levi’s Stadium, WrestleMania is more than a one-day event, it is a week-long celebration of professional wrestling that brings global fans to the area for an array of events. The week of festivities will include WrestleMania Axxess - a four-day interactive fan festival at the San Jose Convention Center, and the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Monday Night Raw, both at SAP Center. In addition, an array of community events and pro-social activities designed to give back to the host community are all on schedule, including Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies and hospital visits.
“Santa Clara has a history of visionary civic leaders. We continue the tradition of being a City that looks to the future. Hosting the most fan-friendly and interactive WrestleMania in history continues that vision,” said Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews.
49ers CEO Jed York, who says he emulated WWE star Andre the Giant wrestling with his brother in his bedroom as a child, said WrestleMania 31 will be the “most fan-friendly and connected WrestleMania event ever,” noting the innovations of Levi’s Stadium will showcase Silicon Valley’s rich history of innovation.
WWE superstar Cena said that WWE is more than wrestling, it’s about making memories that last not just a moment, but forever. “WWE is an entertainment field of dreams ... WrestleMania 31 will be an unbelievable experience for visitors to this amazing area.”
As expected, WWE delivered bursts or entertainment at the press conference, with a dance number by Fandango and Rae, a live rap by R-Truth and a couple of “run-ins” by 49ers Mascot Sourdough Sam, who had an impromptu dance-off with R-Truth.
San Jose Sports Authority Executive Director Patricia Ernstrom, 49ers Pro Bowl Tight End Vernon Davis, WWE Executive Vice President of Creative Stephanie McMahon and WWE Executive Vice President, Special Events John P. Saboor also spoke at the event.
According to an a study conducted by the Toronto-based Enigma Research Corporation, last April’s WWE WrestleMania 29 festivities in New York and New Jersey at MetLife Stadium generated $101.2 million for the region with 80,676 fans attending from all 50 states and 34 countries.
The WrestleMania spectacle is far more than just wrestling, with celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Mr. T, Liberace, Pamela Anderson, Mike Tyson, Donald Trump, Floyd Mayweather making special appearances at WrestleMania events.
Ticket information is expected to be available in mid-to-late 2015.