Basketball has Springfield, Massachusetts, football has Canton, Ohio, baseball has Cooperstown, New York, and now the WWE has Orlando, Florida. Before the WWE hosts WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Attractions Management is reporting that the WWE will open a physical Hall of Fame space that will double as a restaurant.
While the venue will resemble more or less Planet Hollywood, or WWF New York if you’re old school, the report suggests that the venue will house famous wrestling memorabilia of the promotion’s legendary performers. The WWE Hall of Fame will be replacing NBA City at Universal CityWalk adjacent to the theme park.
Similar in style to The World – WWE’s former restaurant which occupied a prime spot in Times Square until its closure in 2003 – the restaurant element would incorporate WWE merchandise with a retail area, and multiple screens would show wrestling action while visitors eat their WWE-themed meals.
Orlando is becoming somewhat of a home-away-from home for the Connecticut-based WWE, which also has its Performance Center – the training facility where the professional wrestling organization hones its future stars – and Full Sail University, where it regularly films its NXT show.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that mayor Buddy Dyer, along with governor Rick Scott, Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs and WWE chair and CEO Vince McMahon will be on hand at the Citrus Bowl later today to make the formal announcement of WrestleMania 33’s location along with the announcement of the Hall of Fame.
The WWE Hall of Fame is aiming for a March 2017 opening, with the enshrinement ceremony taking place on April 2, 2017.
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