TAMPA, Fla. — WWE moved Wrestlemania from Raymond James Stadium to Orlando due to coronavirus safety concerns on March 16. It joined the Valspar Classic and NCAA Tournament as events that have been canceled or moved because of the pandemic.
But Tampa Bay Sports Commission Executive Director Rob Higgins says this is still plenty of work for his group to accomplish. Super Bowl LV is less than 10 months away, and Higgins' focus has shifted to football's biggest stage.
"There's no time to sit back and feel sorry for ourselves, or sit back and take a break here," Higgins said, via video chat. "Your windshield is a lot bigger than your rear view mirror for a reason. I think we've gotta look forward."
There is no timetable for the NFL to resume normal operations, but when it does, Higgins thinks it will mean even bigger things for Tampa.
"You look at the way this Super Bowl, specifically, is setting up. This is going to be the most important Super Bowl of our lifetimes. Every minute we spend getting ready, every minute we spend working on the details is critically important right now," he said.
Super Bowl LV is scheduled for February 7, 2021.
WrestleMania 36 is streaming on the WWE Network Saturday and Sunday night at 7 p.m. eastern. The matches were filmed last week at the WWE Performance Center with essential personnel allowed in the building during production.