SUMMERSLAM Heads To Minneapolis In 2026 As Two-Night Event After City Missed Out On WRESTLEMANIA 41

SUMMERSLAM Heads To Minneapolis In 2026 As Two-Night Event After City Missed Out On WRESTLEMANIA 41 SUMMERSLAM Heads To Minneapolis In 2026 As Two-Night Event After City Missed Out On WRESTLEMANIA 41

WWE has announced today that SummerSlam will take place in Minneapolis in 2026, with the PLE taking place over two nights for the first time ever! Find more details about the event after the jump...

By JoshWilding - May 23, 2024 11:05 AM EST
Filed Under: WWE

Next year's WrestleMania was supposed to take place in Minneapolis, but plans changed, and the Show of Shows is heading to Las Vegas instead.

We'd heard WWE might make the change up to the city, and that will be with the first-ever two-night SummerSlam in 2026. At this point, it seems inevitable that the Royal Rumble and Survivor Series will eventually follow suit with this Saturday/Sunday formatting. 

All signs point to SummerSlam remaining a stadium event, putting it on the same level as WrestleMania. However, as we write this, the 2025 location still hasn't been announced. 

This year's SummerSlam is taking place in Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 3, with the expectation being that CM Punk will square off with Drew McIntyre in the main event. 

Check out the announcement video, along with a press release, below. 

STAMFORD, Conn., May 23, 2024 – WWE, part of TKO Group Holdings, in partnership with Minnesota Sports and Events (MNSE), today announced that Minneapolis will host WWE SummerSlam over two nights on Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2, 2026, at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The 2026 edition of SummerSlam will be the first Premium Live Event in Minneapolis since TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs in 2019 and will mark the first time WWE will host a stadium event in the city. In addition to the massive two-night event, WWE and MNSE will deliver a host of fan and community events in the days leading up to and after SummerSlam

"U.S. Bank Stadium is an absolutely world-class venue, situated in a city with rich wrestling history and an amazing fan base," said Chris Legentil, WWE EVP, Talent Relations & Head of Communications. "We’re excited to bring two nights of SummerSlam to Minneapolis in 2026."

"U.S. Bank Stadium is honored to host WWE’s SummerSlam on Minnesota’s biggest stage in 2026," said Michael Vekich, Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. "We look forward to providing a warm welcome and best-in-class experience at U.S. Bank Stadium for WWE Superstars, staff, fans, and guests."

"We are thrilled to welcome the WWE Universe to Minnesota for SummerSlam," said Wendy Blackshaw, President and CEO of Minnesota Sports and Events. "We will make this summertime wrestling extravaganza accessible for fans of all ages. Through a variety of festivities and ancillary events in the Twin Cities and affordable tickets to the main events at U.S. Bank Stadium, this will be a SummerSlam for all."

U.S. Bank Stadium, the home of the Minnesota Vikings, is a state-of-the-art indoor facility in the heart of Minneapolis which opened in 2016. The stadium has hosted several high-profile events such as Super Bowl LII (2018) and the NCAA Men’s Final Four (2019). In 2023, The Athletic named U.S. Bank Stadium the NFL’s top venue.

The announcement comes on the heels of a record-breaking ticket on-sale event for this year’s SummerSlam which will take place at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Saturday, August 3. In 2023, SummerSlam at Ford Field in Detroit set a gate record for any non-WrestleMania event with $8.5 million, which has since been surpassed by the 2024 Royal Rumble in January.

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