TORONTO, Ont. – Toronto has officially entered its bid to bring WrestleMania back to the city.
The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) event has already happened twice in Toronto – in 1990 and 2002.
The most likely venue would be the Rogers Centre because that is where the past two WrestleManias were held, when it was called the SkyDome.
Duncan Ross, the executive director of Toronto Tourism, said “we’re a big event city and naturally it makes sense that we take a look at the WrestleMania oppourtunities.”
Ross added that Toronto is no stranger to big scale events as he noted the city has already hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, among others.
Toronto is one of 14 North American cities – including Miami, New York and Vancouver – in the running to host WrestleMania either in 2012, 2013 or 2014. Atlanta is next year’s host city.
Ross also said WrestleMania would generate millions of dollars for Toronto.
“An event of this scale will fill thousands of hotel rooms. It will make a major contribution to the economy,” he explained.
And according to Ross, the event is about more than just what goes on in the ring.
“The modern large-scale event has evolved into almost a week-long celebration.”
In recent years, WrestleMania host cities have seen up to $50-million pumped into their economies.
According to WWE officials, the decision would likely be announced in February 2011.