New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced that its annual pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania XXIX, will come to MetLife Stadium on Sunday, April 7th, 2013 with events throughout the New York/New Jersey region. Governor Christie was joined by WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, New York Football Giants President and CEO John Mara, New York Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson, NYC & Company CEO, George Fertitta and WWE’s Senior Vice President of Special Events John Saboor to make the announcement at a press conference held earlier on February 16th. WWE Superstars John Cena®, Triple H®, Sheamus®, Mark Henry®, Brie and Nikki Bella™ and special guest Dwayne "The Rock®" Johnson were also on hand at MetLife Stadium for the historic announcement.
"We are excited to be hosting WrestleMania XXIX in the great state of New Jersey," said Governor Chris Christie. "Having WWE’s preeminent international event here will strengthen both the regional and local economies and continue to showcase MetLife Stadium as a world-class venue for sports and entertainment. Fans will travel from around the world to enjoy and participate in the WWE’s biggest event of the year."
A week-long celebration, WrestleMania has generated more than $200 million in cumulative economic impact for its past four host regions. The 2013 event will mark WrestleMania’s fifth trip to the metropolitan area with past visits in 1985, 1986, 1994, and 2004.
"WWE would like to thank Governor Christie, the New York Jets, the New York Giants and NYC & Company for rolling out the red carpet to host WWE’s biggest event of the year," said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. "We look forward to making history and adding MetLife Stadium to the rather long list of impressively iconic venues that have hosted WrestleMania."
"When WrestleMania comes to town, related activities will occur throughout the New York and New Jersey area, but we are looking forward to hosting the main event," said New York Jets Chairman and CEO, Woody Johnson. "We are confident that both the Superstars and fans of WWE will feel at home in MetLife Stadium."
"WrestleMania has long been considered one of the most successful sports entertainment events in the world," said John Mara, President and CEO of the New York Giants. "We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the highly-anticipated 29th installment to MetLife Stadium." WrestleMania Week activities will occur throughout both the New York/New Jersey region including: the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s interactive fan festival; The Make-A-Wish Pizza Party hosted by John Cena; Monday Night Raw; the finals of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge and various other community-based events.
"NYC & Company looks forward to partnering with New Jersey on another world-class event in the tri-state area," said NYC & Company CEO, George Fertitta. "We invite all of the WWE fans to visit New York City for its unparalleled shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment options across the five boroughs that will surely make WrestleMania Week an unforgettable experience."
The pay-per-view event will be televised in more than 100 countries and 30 languages. In 2011, a sold-out crowd of 71,617 fans from all 50 states and 30 countries converged on the Georgia Dome for WrestleMania XXVII. This year WrestleMania XXVIII will take place on Sunday, April 1st at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL. The main event will feature the highly-anticipated match between John Cena and The Rock.