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A Tourist's Guide to WWE WrestleMania 32 in Dallas

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | March 31, 2016

A Tourist's Guide to WWE WrestleMania 32 in Dallas

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On Sunday, April 3, WWE will invade Dallas for the biggest event of the year, WrestleMania 32.

For wrestling fans, WrestleMania week has become a major spectacle, with marquee events each day leading up to Sunday’s main show. From NXT Takeover: Dallas to the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony to the episode of Raw the Monday following WrestleMania, Dallas will be a haven for wrestling fans this week.

This year’s edition of WrestleMania will be main-evented by the battle between Triple H and Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and the card will also feature top names such as Brock Lesnar, Shane McMahon, Undertaker, Dean Ambrose and so much more.

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While in Dallas, the WWE Universe should also be looking to have a little fun.

After arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport—most likely late Thursday or early Friday—tourists will be looking to grab some local cuisine. At the airport, travelers will find Cousin's Bar-B-Q, a staple of the Fort Worth area and some of the best barbecue in Texas.

Once wrestling fans have eaten their share of BBQ and have checked into their hotel, it’s time to head to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas to witness NXT Takeover: Dallas. The NXT brand started as WWE developmental territory, but with some of the best talent in the world on the roster, it’s become a force of its own. With a NXT Championship match featuring Finn Balor defending against Samoa Joe and the battle between Bayley and Asuka for the Women’s Championship, Takeover: Dallas has the potential to be the best show of the weekend.

After a good night of sleep following NXT Takeover, the WWE Universe should take a tour of the top historical wrestling locations in Dallas, which I covered extensively last week. After soaking in the heritage in the city, the next stop should be the American Airlines Center for the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony. With a prestigious class that includes Sting, The Fabulous Freebirds, Big Boss Man and more, the speeches and interactions from the Hall of Fame ceremony should be great. Expect the festivities to last into the early Sunday morning hours.

Having fun in Dallas usually entails having a few cocktails with your fellow wrestling fans, and the key to avoiding a major hangover on WrestleMania Sunday is a breakfast as big as the state of Texas. For the ultimate in southern cooking, look no further than Ellen's Southern Kitchen in Dallas, which has a huge array of breakfast foods available throughout the day.

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Once wrestling fans have filled up on southern cuisine, it’s time to head to travel to AT&T Stadium just outside Dallas in Arlington. Get to the arena as early as possible and explore the parking lot, which will be filled with fellow wrestling fans preparing for the festivities. Enjoy some quality BBQ and a few drinks with some friends and then enter the facility in preparation for one of the wildest WrestleMania events in history.

WrestleMania 32 has the potential to be one of the best wrestling shows in recent memory, but if travelers can afford to stay in Dallas through Monday night, Raw will also emanate from the American Airlines Center. The episode of Raw following WrestleMania is always full of shocks and surprises, so staying for an extra day could mean seeing an once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Whenever you eventually leave Dallas, the experience will stay with you for the rest of your life as long as you take advantage of what the city has to offer. From incredible food to historical locations to the best wrestling in the world, Dallas will be the wrestling Mecca during WrestleMania 32 week.

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