The global entertainment industry has been adapting to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including the world of professional wrestling.
The WWE had been poised to bring WrestleMania 37 to Los Angeles County next March, the first time the company’s marquee pay-per-event has come to L.A. since 2005. Due to the global health crisis, however, the Mayor of Los Angeles announced a moratorium on all concerts and professional sporting events until 2021. Additionally, the pandemic has impacted construction on Iglewood’s SoFi Stadium, where the main event was slated to take place. With speculation that this public ban and delayed construction could continue into 2021, potentially affecting WrestleMania, the WWE has quietly begun looking into alternative host cities for the event.
The WWE had announced this past February that WrestleMania 37 would occur in Los Angeles, with a week of events throughout the county leading up to the main event in SoFi Stadium, which had been slated to open this July before delays due to the pandemic.
In the meantime, the WWE has adapted to additional challenges stemming from the pandemic. Despite being declared an “essential business” by the state of Florida and permitted to resume business operations in the Sunshine State, the professional wrestling organization has experienced staff layoffs, while executives have endured salary reductions.
WrestleMania 37 is currently scheduled to take place in Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium on March 28, 2021.
The WWE is developing backup plans if Los Angeles' ban on sporting events impacts WrestleMania 37.