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29th annual WrestleMania is hosted at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

(from The New York Times, April 7, 2013) World Wrestling Entertainment (W.W.E.) has built excitement for its 29th annual WrestleMania. The popularity of the event has been growing and more than 75,000 fans are expected to attend WrestleMania at MetLife Stadium.

WrestleMania has been out growing arenas, and in 2007 W.W.E. began hosting the event in football stadiums to accompany the large crowds attracted by the event. WrestleMania has also spawned a week of events leading up to Sunday matches. New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and other celebrities joined with W.W.E. to commence the Superstars for Sandy Relief on Thursday. The event also included a benefit auction with proceeds donated to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Hurricane Sandy relief fund. Saturday night prior to the match, the W.W.E. sold-out at Madison Square Garden hosting an event to honor former company stars like Mick Foley and Bruno Sammartino.

WrestleMania has become similar to other major sporting events, where cities now bid to host the event. Ron VanDeVeen, Senior Vice President for events and experiences at MetLife Stadium, said that the stadium pitched hosting the event to W.W.E. in 2009. The stadium officials saw it as an opportunity to make money and boost the economy of the region. The stadium sold W.W.E. merchandise out its main merchandise store and fans were lined up when the store opened. Every seat in the stadium was sold-out and W.W.E. bills WrestleMania as a sporting event similar to the Super Bowl. Not only is there wrestling action but special performers will also be entertaining fans. Sean Combs and the band Living Colour are performing at the event drawing in more attendees. WrestleMania has also gathered a host of social media ambassadors including Donald Trump, Snooki, and Jimmy Fallon, increasing the media spread. WrestleMania is Sunday, April 7, 2013. It is expected to draw a crowd similar to the 78,000 individuals who attended the event in Miami last year.