WWE abandons Orlando's Amway Center, but not the ThunderDome. In fact, through a long press release on its official website, the Stamford company has made known the new location in which it will organize the next shows.
Which, exactly as has happened so far, will provide for the possibility that fans connect from home via large LED screens visible on the sides of the ring. And the new headquarters, like the previous one, is also located in Florida.
It is, in fact, the Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, which will host all the WWE shows starting from the episode of SmackDown on December 11th. Home of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball, the arena will therefore be the new home of wrestling.
Taking advantage, as already happened for the Amway Center, of the off-season of his sport and his major reference (in this case the MLB, in Orlando the NBA and the great basketball).
Update on WWE ThunderDome
The WWE then wanted to explain the initiative in more depth through a long official statement, which we report: WWE will bring its world-class viewing experience, WWE ThunderDome, to Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, which will become its new home starting with SmackDown on Friday, December 11.
"The Tampa Bay Rays are thrilled to welcome WWE to Tropicana Field and to put the spotlight on the Tampa Bay area for WWE fans around the world," said Matt Silverman, president of Tampa Bay Rays. "The baseball field will be transformed to host the WWE ThunderDome show, allowing fans to virtually enjoy this popular experience."
The move to Tampa Bay marks the next iteration of WWE ThunderDome, launched in August and critically praised as WWE's home at Orlando's Amway Center. Featuring a state-of-the-art set, video cards, fireworks, lasers, state-of-the-art graphics and drone cameras, the WWE ThunderDome offers an immersive viewing atmosphere and virtually brings thousands of fans to the arena via live video, in combination.
with The Famous Group and its proprietary technology, for every Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and WWE pay-per-view event. WWE ThunderDome recently received top honors at this year's Sportel Awards as the best virtual experience for fans.
"We are proud to have reinvented the atmosphere in the arena and to provide an unrivaled interactive experience in sports and entertainment with the launch of WWE ThunderDome," said Kevin Dunn, executive producer and head of WWE, Global Television Production.
"Our fan response and industry-wide recognition are both a source of pride and further confirmation of the innovative spirit and passion that exists throughout the WWE organization." Fans can register for their virtual seat to participate in upcoming WWE shows via www.WWEThunderDome.com or on WWE's Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages.
"Hollywood celebrities, WWE legends and millions of fans around the world have all enjoyed what the WWE ThunderDome has to offer," said Brian Flinn, WWE Chief Marketing & Communications Officer. “This new residency will allow us to continue to offer an unparalleled live show and it would not have been possible without the strong support of the organization of the Tampa Bay Rays.
We remain grateful for the hospitality provided by the Amway Center over the past four months." Raw, SmackDown and pay-per-view programs will be produced at Tropicana Field within sets closed to the public, with only essential staff present.
WWE will continue to manage its health and safety protocols for talent, crew and employees in conjunction with each production, including PCR testing for COVID-19, social distancing, and wearing masks.