"WrestleMania 32" in Dallas, Texas will be this journalist's tenth consecutive "WrestleMania" weekend vacation. With such a wealth of knowledge and experience, it seemed about time to document the excursion to let other members of the WWE Universe know exactly how things play out when you plan a trip to WWE's biggest weekend of the year. While WWE offers their own "WrestleMania" Travel packages, planning things for yourself allows for a more nuanced (and affordable) rendezvous.

So as to not rely on Uber and airports, driving to "WrestleMania" is generally a better experience. Also, with the events taking place at multiple locations, it's important to find a good hotel in a good location.

Also, as a general rule, it often pays to wait until the last minute to get tickets through a second-market vender like StubHub. However, this year's "WrestleMania" event only accepts hard tickets: no .pdf print-outs or e-tickets.

The drive

The distance from my home in Des Moines, Iowa to my hotel on Composite Drive in Dallas, Texas, is around 700 miles. For a bit of variety, the route to Dallas will go through Oklahoma City, while the drive back will involve a stop in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Despite a difference of about 40 miles, the time is a little under 11 hours either way (per Google Maps). Using estimates from DollarTimes.com and GasBuddy.com, I can expect a 1400-mile trip in the Midwest in a 2004 Honda Element to cost about $150 at the pump.

Beginning the trip well rested and anxious, the entire drive to Dallas from Des Moines will be done in one day, beginning early on Wednesday, March 30th.

Anticipating significant fatigue and emotional exhaustion, the return trip will be split into two days, a stop in Arkansas lasting overnight.

The hotel

Like purchasing a permanent home, your choice of temporarily living accommodations is all about location, location, location. With definite plans to attend "NXT TakeOver," "WrestleMania 32," and "Monday Night RAW," my week-long headquarters needs to be centrally-located.

Located 20 miles from AT&T Stadium (WM32), 11 miles fromKay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (NXT), and just 10 miles from the American Airlines Center (RAW), I was able to book a nice room at a reputable chain for about $130/night.

The tickets

As a broadcast journalist, "WrestleMania" is a business expenditure, so I'm shopping for single tickets. While I may wait for some last-minute deals on NXT and RAW tickets, I have to get a hard ticket for Mania purchased before the trip begins. Thanks to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, I often find myself in seats that aren't the exact locations I paid for. This year, I spent about $500 for a floor seat near the entrance ramp.

By comparison, a single ticket in a third row floor seat across from the main television cameras is currently listed at $10,000.

Standing-room-only "party pass" tickets are available for about $20.

The equipment

As a broadcast journalist, I'll have my trusty Surface Pro, which is a very convenient laptop/tablet combo for traveling. I purchased it just prior to last year's San Francisco trip, and it worked spectacularly on the plane and in the airports. I'll also pack my sturdy Dell laptop, which is more convenient for traditional work.

"WrestleMania 32" happens April 3 in Dallas, Texas.

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