The Windsor Star published a report in which Dave Beachnau, Detroit's Sports Commission's Executive Director, noted that the city had lost the bid to host WrestleMania 32.
The article notes that Beachnau claimed he was told in June that Detroit would not be hosting the event. However, several weeks ago, there was reportedly an uproar among politicians in Windsor over potential money that would be spent to help bring the bid as part of a partnership with Detroit.
The article also says that Orlando, Florida and Dallas, Texas are the other front runners for WrestleMania 32. Orlando has also been pushing for a WrestleMania return and has also been looking into an upgrade of the Citrus Bowl to assist with the process.
Here is the article from the Winsor Star:
The joint bid between Detroit and Windsor to bring WrestleMania 32 to Ford Field in 2016 has been turned down, said Dave Beachnau, Detroit Sports Commission executive director.
Despite many rumours circulating Friday in social media stating Detroit as the front runner to host the professional wresting pay-per-view event, they didn’t make the short list.
“We were notified back in June,” Beachnau said, who wants to put the gossip to rest. “There is no truth to it. I don’t know where people are getting this information.”
There were many blogs and tweets stating Detroit was among the final three, with Orlando, Florida and Dallas, Texas. Reportedly, the WWE is expected to make its decision at the end of the month and an announcement is expected to be made in early 2014.
“We haven’t heard from them since,” Beachnau said, after talking to them in June. “If we are back on that list, they haven’t told me.”
According to Beachnau, the WWE’s decision process is very confidential and they haven’t publicly announced the WrestleMania 32 short list.