WWE has a close eye on the coronavirus as we're just over a month away from WrestleMania 36.
With fans from all over the world flying to Tampa to take in WrestleMania week and all the festivities, fear of the coronavirus spreading is a major concern.
Speaking to the Tampa Bay Times, Stephanie McMahon commented on the measures WWE is taking to ensure a safe event.
“The health and safety of not only our fan base, but also our superstars, really does come first. We don’t want to put anyone in a bad situation ever, regardless of the circumstance. Those are not risks worth taking.”
John Saboor, WWE’s executive vice president of special events, added, "Given the number of live events that (WWE) does, it’s constantly monitoring global events. There are active and ongoing discussions at play internally, like there are in any sector of American business, and certainly families as a whole. So I think those will continue.”
WrestleMania week not only features the biggest WWE event of the year but other events such as WWE Hall of Fame, SmackDown, NXT TakeOver, Raw, and local events like a 5K Fun Run, a block party, superstars visiting classrooms and hospitals, and much more. Plus, various companies running Independent wrestling shows throughout the week.
Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, said, “You’ve got to be nimble, and you’ve got to be ready. Thirty-six days is a long time, so it’s hard to predict. I think we just continue to information gather as much as possible, so that we are as prepared as possible.”
“And if necessary,” McMahon added, "enact those measures."
NJPW was forced to cancel events from March 1 through March 15 due to the coronavirus. DDT and Stardom have also canceled events.
According to NBC News, there have been at least 60 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the US.