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Former WrestleMania Venue Spared From Demolition

WrestleMania 18 SkyDome Crowd

An iconic WrestleMania venue from years gone by has been spared demolition after a quarter of a billion dollar deal was agreed to redevelop the building.

Toronto’s Rogers Centre has been the home of Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays since the building opened in 1989. Formerly the home to the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts, the building may be more familiar to wrestling fans by its original name of SkyDome.

Renamed Rogers Centre in 2005, the building looked like it had been earmarked for demolition as the Blue Jays explored options to build a new state-of-the-art facility but those plans now appear to have been scrapped.

Venues Now have reported that PCI Construction Group and architects Populous won the bid to redevelop Rogers Center with owners Rogers Communications slated to be investing between $200 – $250 million in the deal.

SkyDome played host to two of the most iconic WrestleMania moments of all time when it held WrestleMania 6 in 1990 and WrestleMania 18 in 2002.

In 1990, the main event of The Show Of Shows saw The Ultimate Challenge take place as Ultimate Warrior battled Hulk Hogan in a champion vs. champion encounter. In the end, Intercontinental Champion Warrior bested Hogan to win his first WWF Championship.

Eleven years later inside the same venue, Hulk Hogan was front and centre again, but this time his opponent was The Rock. The reported 68,237 fans in attendance went wild for the rebirth of Hulkamania as they cheered the black and white clad Hogan with one of the loudest ovations of all time. Unfortunately for Hogan, SkyDome has not been a happy hunting ground as he lost to The Great One in that bout as well.