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2-18 2:10pm Spud talks to Mark Romig about Wrestlemania

Feb 18, 2013|

Spud talks to President & CEO of the New Orleans Tourism & Marketing Corporation Mark Romig about Wrestlemania XXX coming to New Orleans in 2014

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Joining me right now is on the world famous mark when it. Who is your world famous veterans and it's -- handling the ball on top of. Hey -- -- I wanna be around what I wanna I wanna be part wrestle mania because it's coming to do that Mercedes-Benz superdome. Man -- -- -- -- playing well I'm -- look let me -- let me go back to some of these text messages from when -- was on -- made some kind of comment. About a he -- got taken out by by dwarf wrestlers or something I don't know what and they were going you don't have to fess up go there we go -- redeem yourself. Get the ring for a charity match and gone you know what. Well what exactly -- 175000. People packed into the superdome next April home. And it's it's this is like these big events for the deputy and it is an amazing week of events it's not just the event on ballistics at 2.4. Not personal it's a weeklong event the did the biggest difference that I can see right off the bat is when the Super Bowl came. You have all these people showing up and that's route and end they. I mean I saw I saw jerseys from basically did just about every team out there in in some kind of numbers. But of course you mostly you saw San Francisco and and though Baltimore. But the difference would be is when wrestling comes here I don't think you'll see a lot of people wander around city -- vetoes. Nobody but I tell you what it was show the true fans what. That would end -- -- can go at this Debbie Debbie -- -- get more information at the official site but. This is this is really a tremendous event for the city and you know next year we only have the NBA all star game which will be in February of 2014. And less than a month -- you've got there wrestle mania thirty this is the thirtieth. Anniversary of all of this and it's a huge. But expect men and as a whole team where there earlier today to announce this. But Iraq was there at Johns -- it was there that those who follow this though these two guys -- the superstars of the of -- -- -- But there's a lot more than just that these folks were equipped to make a wish foundation they work with the military that is a big event we're gonna have people from all fifty states. And thirty countries attending this it's it's a huge. You know what -- I'm just wondering and I know you don't really. I mean you're you you do marketing of the city of Louisiana convention and visitors -- -- socially promote this but -- Very as they move I mean the wrestling is got a huge following and has got a big following worldwide -- has been definitely all the country people all the world gonna try to come out of this is a pay per view event as well so I don't think it'll be televised more than a hundred countries yelling hundreds wanna hear -- -- down around. But I also at the same time and the -- as the popularity of this is going up. I'm seeing that the Olympics are looking to do away with Greco Roman wrestling -- actually taken out one of the core sports over there. And I'm wondering what some of these wrestle mania people think about that I don't know if they began their careers and like that but still. The beginnings of of bare -- wrestle mania is wrestling -- all began with with V Greeks and the Olympics and in. And I saw that news over the weekend as well but you know this this focus today obviously is -- celebrate this. Wonderful event -- it's truly going to be a one of those where people come in a lot of feminists who come in our small businesses in the community are going to be affected and a very positive way and again -- you know here we are with another string of from events ahead of us as we had in the past fourteen months and that. Convention visitors bureau this sports foundation the saints this would not be happening without the support of the -- on saints and Rita Benson a -- that the approach numbers this morning. Explaining why it is so important to their. Their organization the -- be part of this and David says this would not happen without. This combination of -- -- a key members coming together and pushing this. And they have been sitting on the news for fifteen months that there be that did not make this announcement until we can make it and they made it today and made it big time it went all over the all over the world. Yeah well I mean there are a couple of weeks ago we have people don't it's gonna happen here going well we'll wait and see you know -- but yeah that's it's huge let me ask you this now. I'm not -- -- a path. I'll manage the people what. The guy did today that shook my hand in his hand literally went out to my elbow yeah it. It was that large. And and and I was I was so -- other than what we're talking about this I was fortunate. That I got to meet Andre the Giant god rest his soul -- while he was we were asked I was out of bachelor party and we started out the -- apparel -- wrinkle on the big huge or hurricanes. Well he was sit -- that another table in the on the patio over there would it was several of his friends -- 45 guys that managers yak and and he was drinking a hurricane and he was holding it by the bell you know it. Comes -- -- and his fingers what overlapping. But hold in the bill of a hurricane glass and on this guys and he stood up and it's like he's a jar and I and is. They -- they are the hard -- even bigger. All night you knew it was a nice guy yeah congratulations on the upcoming marriage Mecca and you know -- he was a nice nice to end. -- the rock as you've probably met him because he's been down here on several movie shoots he was so. Does this is so friendly and supportive of new Orleans city he referred to nor does Hollywood south and how much he enjoyed his time here and he played in the 1993. Unshakable when he played the universe in my. And Thomas. Still -- loss but you know -- -- get some but someone like that behind this is well it just it brings up that meant many more fans and it's it's gonna be another exciting. Time to be in the city. Now let me ask you this NN no it's it's actually I got to step away but -- -- went. Jay Cicero and those guys that sports foundation I mean they're really they started the norm once -- when their build them up real Good Friday we get more and more things open here and in the last sermon on the bodice and apart what would you like deceit coming army we have. Monster trucks must on digs that we go see stuff there's all kinds of things there was the possibility of spoke of opening up and branching more mean. Was getting I mean why don't we start like the -- a cop and have our own note you know start the beginning and raise ourselves up -- for big tennis match. We certainly have the manpower and I say that both with a male female volunteers stepped forward we've got the people here and Super Bowl proved it. A woman stepped up and creates some great things sports foundation has been on the on the cutting edge of all the sports and we have. Quickly become known as a sports capital -- not the sporting capital from the standpoint of the of that the venues. The events it's a -- they know he can walk around this city you can get everywhere at City Park Stadium is not -- -- at all as you know we had a Olympic trials there in the nineties. You know if you got a sport bring it to the world as we can put on a great party. Yeah but we cannot only put on a great party was the possibility of us branching into it so that we we not only become. The place for somebody to come to -- we can actually start creating our own here are sort of entrepreneurial -- yet kindness and just yeah I mean Wimbledon you know -- had to start someplace. Which -- they have they -- The brainpower as well as the manpower to make things like that happens so I think we're blessed to have the saints this sports foundation the CVB and those those groups that have come together with the Mercedes-Benz superdome and the convention center. That they we've got the best venues to make this happen so it's still had time. -- -- got a bunch a text questions here that I can't answer to your -- women won more segment go to bottom of the hour I'm just a point for the moment I'm here. -- to worry about tickets -- a lot of people know once the what was economic impact of a Super Bowl -- expecting. Wrestle mania thirty to be so was -- -- so -- seven my guess is mark will make. 866889087. We are told reminding semi semi got to keep it one more segment answer your questions and there was you know with the open lines scorer. Anything that has to do wrestling or other sporting events that you would like to -- come here or should we be able to start creating our own if we're such a great venue. Maybe we should also be. Say a place to. Thank you -- something like this to 670 stores -- get a cup of coffee we gotta talk. But show my guess. -- -- The world wrestling wrestle mania thirty coming to the dome next here and so. -- -- -- -- bunch of questions and -- people asking questions let me ask you this report their marketing go to the phones here. Was the official number of the impact the Super Bowl had dollar wise I know there estimate some wondering is wrestle mania will be could -- cool. We're -- city of diversity AKA gumbo and what's the expectation of podium you know of of of Russell -- at thirty come in here. -- it'll be awhile before we get -- a exact number of for a Super Bowl impact it was estimated prior to the event going into it. Would be about 432. Million dollars over the the region not just the city but this is an event the Super Bowl obviously that affected the -- -- -- -- and really other parts of Louisiana and on into the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Where everything was purchased. Rented. Hired. And then the impact both direct and indirect so that it will be at some point in the near future we have to get an exact figure but. Going to be somewhere between four -- limit on the war and. -- 404 and fifty million and then add to that we were in the middle of Mardi Gras always. It generally has about three million dollar economic impact on Orleans parish alone. What's what's the guesstimate for an army and hound like there was this is going to be a pay per view for event that. Bogey but tickets are gonna run and I'm looking at the web site for this year is event which occurs. And New Jersey at MetLife stadium on April this seven. Tickets are running anywhere from 64 dollars to 300 dollars report sheets and then they they go up from there obviously if you want also special stuff. But come to the estimated impact is going to be about a hundred million dollars for this week of events and you'll have. You have corporate events you have the first hospitality that runs the entire week. People will be coming in for several days prior so -- have a very -- positive impact on me at the door -- community at large. Now people -- -- announcing what we're kind of votes for would you like to see here of course Major League Baseball. We were talking about. None. Did the -- World Cup nor I mean. Right think about what you see on television now you've got soccer obviously as a -- you know continued support I'm -- We've got our men's golf professional golf you know some people have talked about bringing in women's professional golf here as well. Do you have -- events like the lacrosse is growing rugby is growing yeah. I think that New Orleans and does well we we were outstanding with the Olympic trials back in the early 1990s as park's stadium. You know -- other people talk about the opportunity to bring in an Olympics here at some point I don't know if that would work in the summer months. I don't think so I. I don't think it's just too is too hot over here I mean I think that's one of the reasons when they look at us in the summer in the wintertime. For winter events and all man let's go there because there's no storm but. There was certainly you can do Winter Olympics are all well we could adjust fuel they would own -- the snowball things but you know we'll we'll have The Who can who can make the best of syrup for -- -- But. I don't know I mean I think there would look at that and and -- is just two million miserably hot. But volleyball you know is is a huge sport as well yeah duck. He was done so well and. Certainly can do a lot of Olympic trials here I don't know about hosting a whole Olympics but do lots of that I mean look they got ping pong. That's but huge sport to -- you can Hamdan the national or international pink I don't think everything except the Olympics part of it but they have they have over. Basically all of these international sports have their championships and then they participate in the Olympics so correct I don't see why we couldn't put the the bidder for all that's. Timid when you've got three major venues downtown they can do this you've got the convention center which as we know has done to -- -- this nation before they arena as well as the Mercedes-Benz superdome so. And all within walking distance those are my own half of each other so. And -- own their own these hotels recorder and most rank and -- programs -- for a night. OK so all right -- Million dollar economic impact is what's being estimated four wrestle mania. Thirty. How can -- so they have their own website to. WW dot com -- looks like according to the cart web site that got beat. Tickets would normally go on sale for the the next year's event by November of this year so I think by November of two point thirteen likely you'd see tickets going on sale through Ticketmaster. And Adobe making announcement as we get closer but there will be a lot of hype moving forward. As you know we've we've built a -- interest but my sense is that there's going to be a great drive market event you can of people driving in. Obviously the hotels will be all that's a good time of the year anyway for the -- because we have from the convention business bureau does a good job of bringing this is and promote associations and trade shows at that time so they should be -- And exciting. But Bloomberg -- -- priciest thing at a time -- good good thanks I would like I say -- in my he would then Mary -- -- will do that certain night.

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