Philly airport preps for WrestleMania influx

This week, Philadelphia International Airport will be buzzing with WWE fans traveling in for this weekend’s WrestleMania XL events at the Linc, and around the city

To help everyone passing through PHL– and those working there– get hyped for all the suplexes, DDT’s and top-rope frog splashes in store this week, staff at the airport held a pep rally Wednesday morning to unveil a replica wrestling ring in the connector between Terminals B and C, as well as special championship belts on display around the airport. 

“The airport has stepped up their game, shown a welcoming spirit for this event and this is all the airport staff here coming out to say ‘we’re ready to welcome the world for this big event,’” Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Gregg Caren said.

City Representative and Director of Special Events Jazelle Jones (left) and Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Gregg Caren pose next to PHL’s replica wrestling ring. (Nick Kariuki/Billy Penn)

The ring — scaled down from the 20-square-feet dimensions required for the likes of the Rock to throw down — has a small stage in front of it where travelers can pose for photos against the backdrop displaying Sunday’s headline fight between Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and challenger Cody Rhodes. A championship belt with the Philadelphia Eagles logos on it is mounted between the two men’s snarling profiles.

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