WrestleMania 35 coming to MetLife Stadium in 2019

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WrestleMania is returning to MetLife Stadium in 2019.

The WWE, the Jets and Giants football team and state officials announced the 35th edition of the wrestling extravaganza will be held on April 7, 2019 at the arena. The weeklong showcase will also feature four events at Barclays Center.

The last time WrestleMania was held at MetLife Stadium was in 2013, and it drew a crowd of 80,000 people. It also marked the first time 16-time WWE world champion John Cena beat Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce officials say that the popular event will have a great financial impact for New Jersey.

"It doesn't have perhaps as big of a financial impact as something like a Super Bowl, but it's pretty damn close,” says CEO Jim Kirkos.

Kirkos says that the fans who visit for WrestleMania will most likely spend several days in New Jersey in order to attend the event.

"They're here for vacation.  It's not like they're in for a sporting event and gone the next day.  We get five, six days of hotel stay. They're shopping locally, they're eating at local restaurants,” he says.

WrestleMania will take place around the same time the American Dream project is set to open.

“The American Dream is supposed to create about 23,000 permanent jobs.  That is huge and obviously we look forward to working with them,” says New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority President Vincent Prieto. “Mass transit is going to be up and running the trains on a regular basis so that it'll help this area and I think it's only great things and exciting times."

Giants co-owner John Mara and Jets president Neil Glat attended the news conference. MetLife Stadium is owned by the teams.

Cena and fellow WWE stars Ronda Rousey, Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, Nikki Bella, Braun Strowman, Apollo and Titus O'Neil also were on hand.

Rousey, who recently joined the WWE, is scheduled to have her first match next month at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.

Go HERE for extended video from the announcement.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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