WrestleMania 36

WrestleMania 36 will not be held in Tampa after all.

World Wrestling Entertainment issued a statement  on Twitter Monday saying it will move the April 5 extravaganza out of Raymond James Stadium to its training facility in Orlando.

Dr. Douglas Holt with the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough briefs county commissioners and local mayors on the coronavirus.
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Hillsborough County commissioners declared a local state of emergency for coronavirus, postponed area events -- but not WrestleMania -- and raised concerns about the lack of widespread testing during an emergency policy meeting Thursday.

Billboard and parking garage of Raymond James Stadium
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With 18 cases confirmed in Florida, COVID-19 is beginning to impact major events statewide. Miami cancelled the Ultra Music Festival in response and other large gatherings are also being scrapped.

Hulk Hogan on stage
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Professional wrestling, or as it’s called in some circles, “sports entertainment,” has a long history in Florida and in Tampa.

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Whether it’s known by the traditional name of “professional wrestling” or the modern label of “sports entertainment,” there’s no denying that the biggest event in that business is WrestleMania.

Next year, World Wrestling Entertainment is bringing the spectacle – and the thousands of fans that come from all over the world for it – to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium for the first time.