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Next year’s WrestleMania will be held at a renamed Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, reports the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.
The football stadium is now called Camping World Stadium after stadium officials reached a naming agreement with the Camping World recreational vehicle company.
The eight-year naming rights agreement was announced Tuesday as part of the Citrus Bowl’s transformation that was able to lure WrestleMania back to the stadium for the second time.
The Florida Citrus Sports organization put over $200 million worth of renovations into the stadium. The efforts attracted WM33, an MLS franchise, a high-profile 2019 college football kick-off game between the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes, and now a stadium sponsor.
“Because of the types of events we’re now able to attract that we would not be able to attract in the old stadium… there’s more value to someone who wants to have their name associated with a building, if you’re putting premiere events into the building,” said Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer.
WWE was referenced by Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan in his comments on the naming rights deal.
When you look at where we were in pitching for the venues and where we are today with Camping World Stadium it just blows you away to think that the only venue in the Southeast to host the Rolling Stones. The only venue I think to host WWE now twice in that setting,” Hogan said. “You look at with Guns N’ Roses coming … Copa America … now all these kickoff games and now the opportunity to compete at least for the NFL Pro Bowl potentially a number of years.”
WrestleMania 24 was held at the Citrus Bowl in 2008 and WWE returns to the renovated and now renamed stadium for WM33 in 2017.