WWE sent out this press release earlier today:
World Wrestling Entertainment Invades The Big Apple Starting Wednesday, March 10
STAMFORD, Conn.– 03/09/2004 — School Programs, Autograph Signings, Voter Registration, City Hall Proclamations, a Superstar-Studded News Conference, and a Hall of Fame Ceremony Are Among the Activities Leading up to WrestleMania XX
World Wrestling Entertainment invades New York City from Wednesday, March 10 through Sunday, March 14. During that time, WWE will undertake a series of events that will lead up to WrestleMania XX, which it predicts will be one of the most momentous events in Pay-Per-View history.
On Sunday, March 14, 2004, WWE will present WrestleMania XX to a sold-out Madison Square Garden filled with fans from 16 countries, 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Fans from more than 90 countries will have the opportunity to watch the event. WrestleMania XX can be purchased on Pay-Per-View through your local cable affiliate or satellite provider.
On Wednesday, March 10, the New York City Council will present the WWE with a City Proclamation to highlight the company’s charitable and community support of New York City for more than two decades.
On Thursday, March 11, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon will preside over a Superstar-studded news conference and fan appreciation event at Planet Hollywood in Times Square. Expect much bluster and bravado as the Superstars square off to discuss their WrestleMania events and take questions from the media.
On Saturday, March 13, the WWE will induct 11 members into its Hall of Fame, including former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and its first-ever celebrity inductee, Pete Rose. Also to be inducted are Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Sgt. Slaughter, Superstar Billy Graham, Tito Santana, Don Muraco, Harley Race, Junkyard Dog and Big John Studd.
On Sunday morning, March 14, at its Bacon, Bagels, and Biceps Brunch, WWE will honor its Circle of Champions, a dozen children from around the United States and Canada who have shown courage in dealing with serious illnesses. Organizations participating in the event are Make-A-Wish Foundation, Starlight Foundation, New York Foundlings, Children’s Wish Foundation and Dreams Come True Foundation.
Then, at 7 p.m., it’s the Main Event, WrestleMania XX at Madison Square Garden.
A listing of WWE activities in New York City is below:
Wednesday, March 10:
WWE Get REAL Safe Schools Program at Intermediate School 222 from 10am – 11am, with Spike Dudley and The Hurricane
New York City Council Proclamation Presentation at City Hall, Council Chamber from Noon – 1:30pm, with Lita, Booker T, Mick Foley, Eddie Guerrero and New York City Councilman Lee Conyers
(Contact: Rance Huff- 718-207-1158 (cell), 718-287-8762 (office))
WWE Get REAL Safe Schools Program at Academy of Careers in Sports from 1pm- 2-pm, with Chris Benoit and Molly Holly
WWE Get REAL Safe Schools Program at Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club from 4pm-5pm, with Val Venis, Lance Storm and Victoria
Autograph Session and Hall of Fame Display at Toys “R” Us in Times Square from 4pm-6pm, with Ric Flair and Triple H
FYE Autograph Session at the Westfield Shopping Center from 7pm-9pm, with Matt Hardy and Test
Thursday, March 11:
WrestleMania XX Press Conference and Fan Appreciation Event at Planet Hollywood in Times Square (1540 Broadway) from Noon-1 p.m., with Vince McMahon, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, Bill Goldberg, Kane, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, Torrie Wilson, Sable, Stacey Keibler, Miss Jackie, John Cena, Big Show, Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman.
Modell’s Autograph Signing at Modell’s at 51 E 42nd St. New York, NY from 4pm-6pm, with Stacey and Miss Jackie.
WWE Get REAL Safe Schools Program at Middle School 172 Beacon from 4:30pm- 5:30pm, with Stevie Richards, Teddy Long, Rosie and Jazz.
Game Champ Autograph Signing at 534 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY from 7pm-9pm, with Rikishi and Scotty Too Hotty.
WWE Superstar Challenge at Planet Hollywood in Times Square (1540 Broadway) from 9pm-11pm, that features Voter Registration through Smackdown Your Vote!
Friday, March 12:
Ringing of the Bell at the New York Stock Exchange at 9:30 a.m. with the McMahon Family.
WWE Get REAL Safe Schools Program at Mark Twain I.S. 239 from 11am-noon, with Mick Foley, Jazz, Teddy Long, and Farooq.
WWE Get REAL Safe Schools Program at the Dunlevy MilBank Center from 4pm-5pm, with Scotty Too Hotty, Orlando Jordan and Paul London.
Modell’s Herald Square Autograph Signing at 1293 Broadway from 4pm-6pm with Eddie Guerrero.
FYE- Jersey Gardens Autograph Signing at 651 Kapkowski Road in Elizabeth, NJ from 7pm-9pm, with John Cena.
Wrestlemania Night of the Races at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ
at 7:30pm, with With Batista and Randy Orton
Saturday, March 13:
Staten Island Pool and Spa Autograph Signing at 4820 Arthur Kill Rd, Staten Island from 10am-noon, with Mick Foley.
WWE Get REAL Safe Schools Program at the Kennedy Center (34 West 134th Street) from 11am-1pm, with Jamie Noble, Nidia, Bashams, Rosie, Funaki, Shannon Moore and
Orlando Jordan. Features Voter Registration through Smackdown Your Vote!
Modell’s Times Square Autograph Signing at 234 West 42nd St. from 1pm-3pm, with Booker T and Rob Van Dam.
WWE Hall of Fame Reception & Induction Ceremony at the New York Hilton (1335 Avenue of the America’s) from 6:45 pm – 11:00 pm.
Sunday, March 14:
Circle of Champions Ceremony “Bacon, Bagles and Biceps Brunch” at the New York Hilton (1335 Avenue of the America’s) from 10am – Noon, with Mick Foley, Test, Rob Van Dam, Hardcore Holly, Rey Mysterio, A-Train, Jazz, Teddy Long, Dawn Marie, Bill Demott and Al Snow.
WrestleMania XX Pay-Per-View at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m., which features Voter Registration through Smackdown Your Vote! before the event.