Florida man has spoken!
Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis spoke on the possibility of live crowds at WWE events during a press conference yesterday and his outlook was a very optimistic one that potentially puts crowds back into venues as soon as early July. The governor also spoke about wanting WrestleMania back in Florida, briefly referencing hundreds of millions of dollars that the state missed out on by not having WrestleMania 36 in Tampa.
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“I’m not saying we’re going to get it in May. I’ve helped recruit. I wanted the wrestling to be filmed in Orlando. I’d like them to do WrestleMania. They were going to do WrestleMania in April. That was hundreds of millions of dollars…” noted DeSantis. “I want to keep that good relationship. I want to invest in Florida. We’ve got UFC to come to Jacksonville again. There’s not going to be any fans. But I think those are going to be a good event for people. I work with Phil Mickelson on making sure they have what they need for that Tiger Woods match. So it’s gonna be a lot of good stuff going on, but I don’t think we’re probably ready to have fans.”
He continued, “But I do think if the trends are good, I think as you get into June/July, I think there is a window to have some fans. You’re not going to have everyone packed in. But, man, in 90-degree weather in the state of Florida, if you’re out there and someone’s 10 feet away from you and you want to watch a ballgame or something, you may be able to do that. So this is something that we’re just gonna have to do. We’re going to be driven by the facts, driven by the data. But I think that Major League Baseball is coming back, I’m hearing this. I think that that’s going to be exciting for a lot of people. And I just think that there’s going to be a lot of possibilities. So let’s just be resourceful and create.”
While the state of Florida is set to begin Phase 1 of reopening on Monday, May 4th, 2020, Vince McMahon did note on the Q1 financial earnings call, should Florida have to shut down, for whatever reason, many other states would be willing to host WWE.
credit Robert DeFelice of WrestleZone for the transcription.