Wednesday, August 29, 2001
T.O. has a hold on Wrestlemania
Toronto has pinned down Wrestlemania XVIII, sources say.
SkyDome has been chosen to host the 2002 wrestling spectacle and the announcement will be made Monday by officials from the World Wrestling Federation, SkyDome and Mayor Mel Lastman, sources said yesterday.
Several WWF stars will also be on hand for the official announcement at noon Monday at Nathan Phillips Square.
WWF Canada president Carl DeMarco was surprisingly coy when he emerged from a City Hall meeting yesterday with Lastman and SkyDome managing partner Jake Geleerd.
"A decision has been made and you will hear the decision soon," said DeMarco, who then invited wrestling fans to Nathan Phillips Square for the announcement.
$40M FOR ECONOMY
Lastman, who plans to attend his first wrestling match at the Air Canada Centre on Monday, said Toronto needs events like Wrestlemania, which will put $40 million into the city's economy.
"We've got to keep after as many things as we possibly can to keep our economy going," the mayor said.
"We're going into a year that's going to be very, very difficult. There have been a lot of layoffs and there's a lot more coming."
The wrestling extravaganza was last held in Toronto in 1990, when Wrestlemania VI set Canadian attendance records by attracting 67,678 fans to SkyDome.
An audience of more than 50 million people in 40 countries tuned in to watch Ultimate Warrior defeat Hulk Hogan for the WWF championship.
With current stars like The Rock , the numbers may be even bigger.