Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. had to walk over the gravel, dirt, step on loose wooden blocks, endure the dust, noise and busy construction workers before he finally reached the inside of SoFi Stadium for the historical announcement of WrestleMania 37.
Once inside the 85 percent completion of new epicenter of sports and entertainment, the mayor shuffled to the railing over looking the center bowl of what will soon be home of the Rams, Chargers and in 2021 host of the universally beloved WrestleMania.
“Before now in eight of the next 10 years there is going to be an event of national or international significance right here in this nine square miles of Inglewood. WrestleMania will make it nine out of 10 years that we have something that everybody wants to see. Everyday of the week, we will make history that will be recorded to take notice of this city, not only the resurgence but surpassing anything that we’ve ever did in the past. We were once known as the City of Champions, we are the City of Champions once again,” Butts explained to Inglewood Today at SoFi Stadium on Feb. 11th.
Joining Mayor Butts for the monumental announcement was WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, Jason Gannon, Managing Director, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, in addition to champions Becky Lynch and Andrade.
Gannon spoke to how significant it is that the citizens of Inglewood enjoy what’s unfolding at the venue.
“It’s incredibly important for us to not only have citizens of Inglewood here on game day, but really 365 days of the year. You look at the design itself, Stan Kroenke and his vision to build that sports and entertainment destination that will have a tremendous global economic impact on the community,” Gannon said.
McMahon hailed WrestleMania as the most unique event in to world.
“It is the greatest combination of pop culture and sports entertainment. It’s part rock concert, it’s part live action, it is part story telling and it is the most incredible thing that you would ever be a part of,” added McMahon
The Mayor and Gannon were presented with replica commemorative WWE Championship Belts to celebrate the occasion, that will also involve Los Angeles as host of other signature WWE event that will take place during the week leading up to the blockbuster WrestleMania on March 28, 2021.
“Actually we’re in the embryo, this is the first child to be born and there are many more to come, so to sit here on the precipices of writing history is humbling and its awe inspiring for myself and the residents,” Butts concluded.