The Los Angeles area will get its fourth WrestleMania in 37 years in 2021 as WWE opted to “go to Hollywood” once again for next year’s showcase of the immortals.
“There is nothing quite like WrestleMania Week,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “It is a one-of-a-kind event that provides an economic boost to the region — and fans from around the world will find a city that is ready to host them and welcomes the spectacle.”
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. added, “The city of Inglewood is thrilled to say that WrestleMania will add to the growing number of national and internationally followed events that will be hosted in our city over the next eight years. WrestleMania brings excitement and is followed by almost every age demographic. With the scheduling of this marquee event, we can say without contradiction, the only thing that has changed in Inglewood is…everything.”
Jason Gannon, Managing Director at SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, said that WrestleMania remains one of the world’s most-watched events, and they are proud to welcome WWE to the Inglewood community. “WWE’s commitment to community is consistent with our mission to provide a lasting positive impact in the community. We look forward to making a difference with WWE.”
“On behalf of everyone at WWE, we are excited to bring WrestleMania back to Los Angeles,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “WrestleMania will set the bar for future sports and entertainment events held at SoFi Stadium as we add this facility to the list of iconic venues that have hosted our pop-culture extravaganza.”
A portion of WrestleMania 2 was held in Los Angeles back in 1987 at the Memorial Sports Arena, an arena which is no longer there and was eventually replaced by the Banc of California Stadium a few years ago. Split in three locations across three time zones, the LA part of WrestleMania saw Hulk Hogan battle King Kong Bundy in a steel cage in the main event. WrestleMania 7 was supposed to be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum but slow ticket sales forced it to be moved inside to the Memorial Sports Arena. That show was headlined by Hulk Hogan vs Sgt. Slaughter for the WWE title. Los Angeles last held WrestleMania in 2005 for WrestleMania 21 at the STAPLES Center, an event headlined by Batista winning the World Heavyweight title from Triple H.
WrestleMania 21 was also billed as WrestleMania going to Hollywood, an identical theme chosen for next year’s big event.
The last WrestleMania to be held on the West Coast was WrestleMania 31 in Santa Clara, with the states of Texas, Florida twice, Louisiana, and New Jersey hosting the following WrestleManias.