Florida Mayor Opens Door for WWE Live Events to Resume by July

Florida Mayor Ron DeSantis held a press conference yesterday where he discussed the state’s plans to temporarily loosen the COVID-19 restrictions, paving the way for live sports with fans in attendance to return by the June or July timeframe. DeSantis noted that social distancing measures would still need to be followed but expressed optimism that fans would be able to watch games in person. He also spoke of the state’s dealings with WWE, clearly saying that he wants to maintain a strong relationship so that the promotion is encouraged to invest in the state, talking specifically about WWE WrestleMania being worth “hundreds of millions of dollars” for the area.

“You would do some social distancing at some of the larger venues. I would like to get to a point…I’m not saying we’re gonna get it in May, but I’ve helped recruit…I wanted the wrestling to be filmed in Orlando. I’d like them to do WrestleMania. They were gonna do WrestleMania in April. That was hundreds of millions of dollars. I want to keep that good relationship. I want them to invest in Florida.

We got UFC to come to Jacksonville. Again, there’s not gonna be any fans but I think that’s gonna be a good event for people. There’s gonna be a lot of good stuff going on. I don’t think we’re probably ready to have fans but I do think if the trends are good, as you get into June/July, I think there is a window to have some fans. You’re not gonna have everyone packed in, but man, in 90 degree weather, in the state of Florida, if you’re out there and someone’s 10 feet away from you and you want to watch a ball game or something, you may be able to do that. So this is something that we’re just gonna have to do. We’re gonna be driven by the facts, driven by the data. But I think that Major League Baseball coming back, I’m hearing this…I think that that’s gonna be very exciting for a lot of people and I think that there are gonna be a lot of possibilities. So let’s just be resourceful and creative.”

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