Detroit Mayor on 'Mania

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March 29, 2007

For the first time in 20 long years, WWE and Detroit will make history on April 1 when an all-grown up WrestleMania 23 emanates from Ford Field. On behalf of the Motor City, Mayor of Detroit Kwame M. Kilpatrick welcomed the "Grandest Stage of Them All" which returns to its roots this year after two unbelievable decades.

"We are proud to have WWE and WrestleMania 23 in our great city," Kilpatrick said in a statement issued to WWE.com. "We have a great track record for successfully hosting large-scale sporting events. We are excited to be the host city for WrestleMania."

Detroit is certainly familiar with major events that draw massive crowds to the city's many avenues. Within the past two years, both the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and the World Series have originated from the Motor City, as well as Super Bowl XL, which also took place at the famed Ford Field.

"[With these events], fans from across the globe left our city with a new perspective of the Motor City," Kilpatrick added. "When the more than 70,000 WWE fans from around the world come to Detroit for the April 1 spectacular, they will have the same opportunity to experience the revolutionary transformation taking place in [Detroit]." 

From the Hall of Fame to the World Premiere of The Condemned, the city is ready for the droves of frenzied WWE fans, the invasion of WWE Superstars and Divas, and all the festivities of WrestleMania week.  Much like the unmatched spectacle that is WrestleMania, Kilpatrick stated that Detroit has "all the ingredients necessary to leave fans wanting more."

Even though Mayor Kilpatrick and the city of Detroit may be ready now, it's possible that after WrestleMania 23, the Motor City may never be the same again.

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