WWE Acknowledges "Ongoing Discussions" Regarding Coronavirus And WrestleMania 36

"Health and safety comes first" acknowledges Stephanie McMahon...

As of March 1, 2020, a reported 88,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported throughout the world, with over 3000 reported dead against 42,000+ recoveries.

As the outbreak remains at the forefront of news and discussion, those holding major public gatherings have been forced to weigh the risk of going on with their events.

WrestleMania 36 is no exception.

At a luncheon with Tampa business and community leaders on Thursday, Stephanie McMahon and other WWE officials discussed the ongoing coronavirus issue, and how it relates to WrestleMania.

“The health and safety of not only our fan base, but also our superstars, really does come first,” McMahon said. “We don’t want to put anyone in a bad situation ever, regardless of the circumstance. Those are not risks worth taking.”

John Saboor, WWE's executive vice president of special events, added, “There are active and ongoing discussions at play internally, like there are in any sector of American business, and certainly families as a whole. So I think those will continue.”

WWE has events scheduled in Tampa on five consecutive nights during WrestleMania weekend, including WrestleMania itself at Raymond James Stadium, as well as Raw, SmackDown, NXT TakeOver, and the Hall of Fame ceremony, inside the Amalie Arena.

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