WrestleMania, WWE's biggest event of the year, just keeps growing beyond anyone's wildest imaginations.
UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 18, at 12:13 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
WWE announced live this afternoon that WrestleMania 30 will be held in New Orleans.
WWE WrestleMania @WrestleMania
New Orleans' @MayorLandrieu makes it official! @WWE #WrestleMania XXX will be at @MBSuperDome April 6, 2014! #WM30 http://t.co/aOwDOybg2/18/2013, 5:10:37 PM
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With the rapid expansion of the event, it is only fitting that one celebrating the 30th anniversary will be held at the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans, according to Chris Waddington of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu released a statement included in Waddington's report talking about what bringing WrestleMania to New Orleans means to the city.
We are proud to have played host to some of the greatest sports and entertainment events in the world over the past two years, and hosting WrestleMania is a great way to continue this unprecedented streak. We look forward to hosting WWE and its global fan base as they celebrate this historic milestone at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees expressed his excitement over the report through Twitter.
Drew Brees @drewbrees
The word from the French Quarter is that @WWE is bringing @WrestleMania to our house in 2014! #NOLA @MBSuperDome #WM302/15/2013, 6:09:35 PM
In the past, WWE has followed tradition by taking WrestleMania to Madison Square Garden every 10 years. The site of the first WrestleMania was in the world's most famous arena all the way back in 1985. WrestleMania 10 and 20 were also held in New York City.
However, given the meteoric rise of the event, holding it in an arena that only seats 20,000 people is not ideal from a business or fan perspective. WWE wants to treat the event like the Super Bowl and hold it in a huge stadium.
What better place to hold it than the SuperDome, which just played host to the Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers?
Plus, with WrestleMania 29 taking place at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, WWE seemed like it was going to take the tradition that it had built over the last three decades and start doing something new.
Not all traditions need to continue forever. As great as Madison Square Garden and the New York crowd has been to WWE over the years, playing in the same area for the biggest event two years in a row would have felt a little like overkill.
By expanding the horizons for WrestleMania, the event can continue to grow beyond what it already is. Vince McMahon is definitely not afraid of change, so this is hardly something completely out of the norm for him.
As long as the WrestleMania card is strong, the build is good and the star power is plentiful, it really won't matter where the event is held. This is an event that is sold on its name alone, so changing the tradition isn't going to hurt it one bit.
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