In honor of WrestleMania 33, members of the PTBN Staff has gathered to create a series of 33 lists, all dedicated to the rich history of WWE’s grandest spectacle. Each contributor assigned a ranking of 1-10 and votes were tallied accordingly. We will be releasing one list per day, with the final list to be posted on April 1, 2017, the day prior to WrestleMania 33! Be sure to share your feedback with us on social media! You can view the complete series here!
Day Seven: Best WrestleMania Venues
Others Getting Votes: Citrus Bowl – WMXXIV (16), Levi’s Stadium – WM31 (15), AT&T Stadium – WM32 (11), Hoosier Dome – WMVIII (7), Arrowhead Pond – WMXII & WMXVI (7), Sun Life Stadium – WMXXVIII (6), LA Sports Arena – WMII & WMVII (5), Trump Plaza – WMIV & WMV (2), University of Phoenix Stadium – WMXXVI (2), Reliant Stadium – WMXXV (2)
10. Caeser’s Palace – WrestleMania IX (18 Points)
Highest Ranking: #4 (Chris Jordan)
While the arena itself wasn’t the most grand, the WWF did all that they could to make the outdoor venue at Caesar’s Palace as grandiose as possible for their tribute to Ancient Rome. Easily one of the most aesthetically pleasing WrestleManias, the hard work and ingenuity was enough to bump a very ordinary outside arena into the top ten.
9. Ford Field – WrestleMania 23 (19 Points)
Highest Ranking: #6 (Mike Eller & Jason Greenhouse)
As WrestleMania returned to Detroit twenty years after the big showdown in the Silverdome, they were also able to showcase the beautiful and relatively new Ford Field. The building is a magnificently designed structure with a great looking set of windows across the top and the subtle blue hue that baked the stadium that night reminded us we were in the home of the Lions.
8. MetLife Stadium – WrestleMania 29 (26 Points)
Highest Ranking: #4 (Scott Criscuolo)
When WrestleMania returned to the metro New York area, most fans assumed it would nestled into its home at Madison Square Garden. They were wrong. Gone are the days of small arenas, tradition be damned, because WrestleMania had grown to a full on stadium show and the centerpiece of a festival weekend. Enter MetLife Stadium, a mammoth, expansive football stadium that’s design lent itself perfectly to a gorgeous set dedicated to the Big Apple.
7. Rosemont Horizon – WrestleMania II, 13 & 22 (26 Points)
Highest Ranking: #2 (Glenn Butler & Steven Ferrari)
As basic as a standard arena gets, the Rosemont Horizon stands out due to its rich WWF tradition and ballistic crowd that fills its cramped seats. It has that tight, homey feeling that lends itself to a rowdy atmosphere, especially when presented with the perfect match, which is exactly what happened in 1997.
6. Safeco Field – WrestleMania XIX (40 Points)
Highest Ranking: #5 (Brian Bayless & Steve Riddle)
One of the most beautiful baseball parks in America played host to WrestleMania in 2003 and it led to one of the most unique looking Manias of all time. The way the ring and entrance way were angled stood out as did the giant video screen off to the back of the field. It was the perfect stadium venue to welcome in the transition between the Attitude Era and the next wave of stars that occurred that night: a massive stadium but classy and unique.
5. Mercedes-Benz Superdome – WrestleMania XXX (45 Points)
Highest Ranking: #3 (Jason Greenhouse)
It took 30 years, but WrestleMania finally made its way to the legendary New Orleans Superdome where the upbeat, festive atmosphere of the city mixed perfectly with the proceedings of the evening, designed as the ultimate payoff for jilted, blue balled fans. Bathed in purple and gold and rising high into the sky, it was the perfect choice for the 30th edition of WWE’s supershow.
4. Reliant Astrodome – WrestleMania X7 (59 Points)
Highest Ranking: #2 (Mike Eller, Jason Greenhouse & Steve Riddle)
With the Attitude Era reaching its peak, 2001’s WrestleMania being held in a massive football stadium was an easy, natural choice. It was the first supersized Mania arena since 1992 and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It was as big of a show as WWF would ever put on and housing it in one of the biggest arenas in Steve Austin’s home state made perfect sense.
3. SkyDome – WrestleMania VI & X8 (70 Points)
Highest Ranking: #2 (Scott Criscuolo)
For just the second time in the show’s history, WWF held their biggest show of the year in a massive domed stadium in 1990, a perfect setting for the monstrous clash between Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan. And 12 years later, they returned to that same building for another mega battle featuring Hulk Hogan as this time he tussled with The Rock in his Mania return. The Dome itself, in WWF hotbed Toronto, was a big selling point of the show in 1990 as the announcers constantly referenced all of its unique amenities. Soaked in WrestleMania history, it was an easy choice to open up the top three when it comes to memorable WrestleMania venues.
2. Pontiac Silverdome – WrestleMania III (76 Points)
Highest Ranking: #1 (Neil Trama & Brian Bayless)
93,173. Whether it was legit or not, that is the number that resonated for WWF fans for years as it was the announced attendance for one of the biggest events in company history. They packed it in the massive Silverdome for the iconic showdown between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant and it is impossible to think about that show without picturing the massive structure that housed it. Your memories may shift with the match, as the early part of the card still saw daylight seeping through the roof but by the time the main event rolled around, it was that deep, dark setting that allowed the lights to glow brightly on the slam heard around the world.
1. Madison Square Garden – WrestleMania I, X & XX (98 Points)
Highest Ranking: #1 (Scott Criscuolo, Glenn Butler, Mike Eller, Tim Capel, Steven Ferrari, Chris Jordan, Jason Greenhouse & Steve Riddle)
WrestleMania. Madison Square Garden.