Wrestlemania 37: Fans Told To ‘Seek Shelter’ as Major Storm Blows into Tampa Before Event

by Evan Reier

After a year of buildup and the promise of fans in attendance, the WWE Universe is on edge as a storm rolls into Tampa.

The two-day event is set to begin in full at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 10. However, over the course of Saturday evening, a large storm rolled into Tampa. The event is scheduled to take place at Raymond James Stadium, which is also the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Initially, WWE is trying to keep their options open, attempting to clear out fans from seats in the buildup. At 5:17 p.m. ET, Twitter user @SammyMaggio updated fans at home that fans were being cleared.

“JUST IN: @RJStadium officials are clearing the seats as severe weather has now entered the Tampa region. Any further updates we’ll keep you posted. #WrestleMania”

Shortly after, local reporter for 10 Tampa Bay, Angelina Salcedo, tweeted a video showing the ominous weather building.

“It’s almost time #FLwx Storms are moving into the downtown #Tampa area now. You’re going to want to stay weather aware through the night and into tomorrow. @AutumnWTSP has you covered on what you can expect! @10TampaBay”

WrestleMania Issues in Tampa

It seems like the WWE isn’t having much luck in Tampa. WrestleMania 37 is supposed to be taking place at Raymond James Stadium just over a year after WrestleMania 36 was supposed to. However, the influx of the COVID-19 pandemic saw WWE move it to their Performance Center in Orlando.

Further, the lack of fans made for a completely new experience for the world’s biggest pro wrestling event. But while it didn’t go to plan, WWE had hoped that 2021 would be the chance to rebound.

Sadly, a storm is causing issues for the second straight year. Conversely, at the time of writing, it is unknown what the WWE plans to do. Either way, it’s a bad beat for WrestleMania, the WWE and wrestling fans.