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Ford Field happy to host the 'Mania
There are only a handful of cities and arenas that can claim to have played host to WrestleMania since its 1985 inception. Detroit's Ford Field is the latest in that line, and WrestleMania is the latest in a line of big events held at the five-year-old stadium.
Ford Field has seen the Super Bowl and will see an NCAA tournament regional next year, but according to Dan Jaroshewich, Ford Field's Director of Sporting Events, WrestleMania is shaping up to be the biggest of them all.
"I can't quite compare the atmosphere of WrestleMania to anything we've had because we haven't seen the finished product yet," Jaroshewich said, "but the setup is unlike anything else I've ever seen."
Ford Field will hold over 75,000 screaming WWE fans for WrestleMania, and they're already here in full force, which was easily noticeable to Jaroshewich and me as we stood by one of the entrances to the stadium.
"There are just so many people around, with all the travel packages and all, and they're all here for WrestleMania," Jaroshewich remarked. "Right now, with Fan Axxess going on, there are thousands of people here right now already. I'm standing at Gate A just looking outside, and the streets are filled."
As Detroit's Chief Development Officer George Jackson noted in earlier in the week in an interview with WWE.com, WrestleMania is a huge economic boom for Detroit. Nowhere is that more evident than at Ford Field, where those thousands of WWE fans that have made their way here have already
"It's sure been helpful," Jaroshewich laughed.
Most of all, it's an honor for Ford Field to be one of the few venues to have hosted WrestleMania.
"It means a lot. Looking at some of the other venues to hold WrestleMania, such as Toronto's Rogers Centre or Safeco Field in Seattle, and especially the Pontiac Silverdome 20 years ago, it's a great list. On the twentieth anniversary of WrestleMania III out in Pontiac, it's nice to have the show come back home to Detroit."
It can only get better, as tomorrow night there will be 75,000 plus raucous WWE fans packed inside for the twenty-third edition of sports-entertainment's greatest spectacular.