WWE Announces Major Deal With Indianapolis For WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam

WWE reaches deal with Indiana Sports Corp

In a major announcement today, WWE and Indiana Sports Corp have reached a deal that will see WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Royal Rumble emanate from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana beginning with Royal Rumble 2025 on February 1. When a two-night WrestleMania and two-night SummerSlam will take place in the home of the Indianapolis Colts has yet to be revealed. 

As part of the deal, Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and WWE house shows will also take place in arenas across Indiana. How much the WWE deal with Indiana Sports Corp is worth is unknown but Hollywood Reporter noted it is the "largest site fee ever for a WrestleMania and for a Royal Rumble."

WWE have emphasised securing site fees for pay-per-views since WWE President Nick Khan joined the company in 2020, with the company receiving funds from local governments in Wales and Puerto Rico for Clash at the Castle 2022 and Backlash 2023 as just two examples. This strategy has continued since the merger with UFC under the Endeavor-owned TKO Group Holdings. 

WWE EVP of Talent Relations and Head of Communications Chris Legentil said: "Indianapolis is a fantastic city for major events and we're excited to invite the WWE Universe to Lucas Oil Stadium for Royal Rumble in 2025, and a future SummerSlam and WrestleMania. Patrick and the team at Indiana Sports Corp have done a phenomenal job bolstering local economics and tourism, and we're proud to partner with them to shine a light on the great state of Indiana."

President of Indiana Sports Corp Patrick Talty added: "We are excited to bring this groundbreaking partnership to Indianapolis and our state. For over four decades, our city’s sports strategy has brought in millions of visitors and priceless hours of international brand-building media coverage. This partnership with WWE continues to push that strategy forward in new and exciting ways. We look forward to welcoming the WWE Universe to our community and state and showing them all that Indy has to offer."

When tickets go on sale for Royal Rumble 2025 will be announced at a later date. It emerged last week that WWE were close to a deal with the Indiana Sports Corp. 

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