WrestleMania Makes Close to $50 Million for Host City

Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:34am EDT

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STAMFORD, Conn.--(Business Wire)--
World Wrestling Entertainment announced today that The 25th Anniversary of
WrestleMania generated a $49.8 million dollar economic windfall for the greater
Houston area, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation.
Despite one of the biggest economic downturns in recent history, local and state
governments collected $5.7 million in taxes. This follows the $51.5 million of
economic impact WrestleMania XXIV brought to Orlando. 

"Having the opportunity to host The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania was a huge
honor and success," said Greg Ortale, President and CEO of the Greater Houston
Convention & Visitor`s Bureau. "The direct expenditure demonstrates that
WrestleMania is indeed economically on par with the world`s greatest sports and
entertainment offerings." 

"Our overarching goal with our public and private sector partners is to
consistently provide positive economic impact for WrestleMania`s host
communities and establish a lasting pro-social legacy, "said John P. Saboor,
Senior Vice President of Special Events for World Wrestling Entertainment. 

A capacitycrowd of72,744from all 50 states, 24 countries and seven Canadian
provinces attended the pop culture extravaganza. Key highlights from the study

* $49.8 million of direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by
non-locals visiting specifically for The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania,
equating to 600 full time jobs for the area. 
* During WrestleMania Week, 86% of out of state, overnight visitors who came in
for the festivities,stayed in local Houston area hotels. 67% stayed for three
nights or more. 
* Nearly 75% of fans that came to The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania from
outside of Houston traveled by air. 
* 23% of the fans that came from out of state were from California and New York.

* Nearly 65% of the fans that attended were between the ages of 10 and 34.

Next year, WrestleMania XXVI will take place March 28, 2010 from University of
Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 7 at 10
AM MT through the University of Phoenix Stadium box office, all Ticketmaster
outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The event
will be broadcast live on pay-per-view, and viewed in more than 100 countries. 

Enigma Research Corporation is an international consulting firm which
specializes in measuring the economic impact of special events. Enigma`s
economists developed a customized model which converted expenditures into
economic impact, employment created and taxes generated as a result of the

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