Wrestlemania will hit
Houston in April 2001
By Ed De La Garza
Daily Cougar Staff
The World Wrestling Federation's Wrestlemania
17 will be hitting our fair city on April 1. The WWF, in Houston on Tuesday,
promised the event would be the biggest in the franchise's 17-year history.
"Wrestlemania will have its finest hour,"
WWF president Vince McMahon said. "Sixty-six thousand tickets will go on
sale. It won't be the highest attendance, but it will be the best."
Wrestlemania, referred to as the "grandaddy
of wrestling pay-per-views," will bring fans from around the world and
has the potential of bringing millions of dollars to the area.
"There have already been reservations from
38 states and countries," said Bob Collins, WWF senior vice president of
promotions. "There will be people from around the world -- even Beaumont."
Aside from the economic impact, Wrestlemania
will also bring Houston the WWF's roster of superstars who have infected
mainstream America with catchphrases and mannerisms.
Steve Austin addresses media and fans during the World Wrestling Federation's
Wrestlemania 17 press conference on Wednesday. Tickets for the show, to
be held at the Reliant Astrodome on April 1, 2001, go on sale at 10 a.m.
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"Wrestlemania 17, no question, is going
to be the biggest and without a doubt, the most electrifying Wrestlemania
in the history of the WWF," The Rock said.
Victoria native "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
said he looked forward to performing in a venue he traveled too many times,
especially after undergoing a lengthy rehabilitation process following
"Ain't nobody here more excited here than
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin," he said.
The event will be sponsored locally by
Gallery Furniture. Philanthropist Jim McIngvale said he became involved
with Wrestlemania after noticing a trend among customers.
"More people walk into my store wearing
WWF shirts than any professional sports team," McIngvale said.
Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.
They can be purchased at the box office, through TicketMaster at (713)
581-1993, online at wwf.com or at all Texas TicketMaster locations.
Prices range from $20 to $100 for lower and upper level seats, $150 for
ringside seats and $500 for commemorative ringside seats.