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WrestleMania XXX official for Superdome in New Orleans
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


WWE officially announced Monday that WrestleMania XXX will take place April 6, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The Superdome, site of the 2013 Super Bowl and home of the National Football League's New Orleans Saints, will host the "Granddaddy of 'em all" for the first time.

"WrestleMania is a celebration, it's what we do," WWE chairman Vince McMahon said. People from all over the world will come to New Orleans. ... There's nothing like it."

WrestleMania is no stranger to the south, with the event being held in places like Miami, Atlanta and Houston in the past, but this will be the first time down in the Bayou.

"We've been keeping this secret for quite sometime now and I couldn't be happier to be bringing WrestleMania to this great city," New Orleans Saints vice chairman Rita Benson LeBlanc said.

The Superdome, which opened in 1975, has a listed capacity of around 73,000 for football games. It has hosted the Sugar Bowl since 1975 and has also been home to seven Super Bowls. The Superdome also has hosted five NCAA men's basketball Final Fours and will host the NCAA women's basketball Final Four this year.

"The week they come to us, we can expect it to be like a Super Bowl or a Final Four coming in," New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu said.