Rob Gronkowski to host 2-night WrestleMania event April 4-5
Gronk has his WrestleMania moment (1:29)

Rob Gronkowski jumps into the ring during the Andre the Giant Battle Royal and uses a powerful move to knock down Jinder Mahal. (1:29)

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  • Marc RaimondiESPN Staff Writer

Not only will WrestleMania go on amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it will also be a two-night affair.

WWE announced Wednesday that WrestleMania will take place over two nights, April 4 and 5. On top of that, the annual glitzy pro wrestling spectacular will be hosted by former NFL star Rob Gronkowski.

It was a tweet by Gronkowski that broke the news, followed by a WWE media release confirming the announcement.

It’s official! I’m hosting @WrestleMania this year…and it’s gonna be too big for just one night. For the 1st time, #WrestleMania will be a 🚨2-NIGHT🚨event: Saturday, April 4 AND Sunday, April 5 on @WWENetwork! Tell you more this Friday night on #SmackDown at 8 ET on @FOXTV.

— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) March 18, 2020

On Monday, WWE said WrestleMania would be moving from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, to the promotion’s training facility, the WWE Performance Center, in Orlando, Florida.

A WWE spokesperson told ESPN on Wednesday that the event will take place not only at the training facility but also at multiple other locations. The release Wednesday noted that the two-night event will be held with “only essential personnel” on a closed set during the production, which means no fans will be in attendance at any of the locations.

Upward of 70,000 were initially expected at Raymond James Stadium.

It was previously reported that Gronkowski was in talks with WWE and would appear on the promotion’s “Friday Night SmackDown” this week.

Since last Friday’s SmackDown episode, WWE has been holding its TV shows on a closed set at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.

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