Minneapolis loses bid for WWE’s 2025 WrestleMania to Las Vegas

Next year’s WrestleMania, a theatrical WWE extravaganza that would bring hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits to the host city, will be held in Las Vegas — much to the disappointment of Minneapolis movers and shakers who had hoped to win the 2025 event .

Minneapolis was a finalist to host WrestleMania, following the city’s pitch by Minnesota Sports and Events (MNSE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing major attractions to the Twin Cities. The city’s bid was to hold the event at US Bank Stadium.

Instead, it will be held at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on April 19-20, 2025. Las Vegas was rumored to be the frontrunner among several cities vying for the event. Vegas-based Endeavor Sports and Entertainment took over majority ownership of WWE about a year ago.

This year’s WrestleMania was held last month at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, the home stadium of the NFL’s Eagles, and reportedly drew more than 145,000 fans.

Minneapolis has never hosted WrestleMania, despite Minnesota’s history as a hotbed of professional wrestling. The WWE roster includes Gable Steveson, the former University of Minnesota heavyweight national champion and gold medal Olympian.

The event attracts tens of thousands of visitors of all ages, who spend money on lodging, restaurants, rental cars and local attractions, totaling numbers the size of the Super Bowl. Los Angeles claimed a $235 million benefit last year.

MNSE is funded by congressional offices in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington, along with Minnesota corporations and professional sports teams.

Star Tribune staff writer Paul Walsh contributed to this story.