Mayor Buddy Dyer unveiled a 30-foot wide wrestling belt Thursday as part of the lead up to WrestleMania 33 coming to Orlando.
“Go big or go home!” Dyer said before the belt was revealed. “When it comes to spectacles, there is nothing bigger than WrestleMania. And since we’re talking about big spectacles, what better way to emphasize the grand scale of WWE’s week-long pop culture extravaganza than by unveiling the ultimate prize.”
The belt was created by two local fabricators and will be on display through out WrestleMania, which is set for April 2 at Camping World Stadium.
Dyer expects the event to make a $125 million of economic impact in Central Florida, making it one of the biggest events in sports, and certainly a step up from when Orlando hosted the event at the Citrus Bowl eight years ago.
“The size and scope of Wrestlemania has changed dramatically just in the eight years since Orlando last hosted it,” said John Saboor, the WWE’s senior vice president of special events. “Our job is to make it completely different than it was in 2008. We will bring people on a journey where we attack their senses with the sights and sounds of WWE and leave them wanting more.”
The event proper will be preceded by four days of WrestleMania Axxess, a fan experience set to be held in the Orange County Convention Center from March 30 through April 2, as well as four nights of events at the Amway Center.