WWE will be out of Tampa's Tropicana Field for the home game that the Tampa Bay Rays will play on April 9 against the New York Yankees for MLB baseball. This means that the episode of Raw on April 5 is the last possible day of the company at the stadium, in that ThunderDome has been accompanying WWE in all its shows for almost a year (after the first months in Orlando).
And in the meantime, confirmations have arrived on what the new location of the structure will be. Steve Carrier of 'Ringside News' was in fact able to confirm what you have already read on these pages about the next location of the ThunderDome.
The American journalist in fact stated that "unless something changes, it will be the Yuengling Center" Information that, according to his words, would have been reported to him in a "very explicit" way.
Certainly a logical solution, given that WWE is still organizing their own shows complete with ticket sales in the Tampa area after WrestleMania. So this is certainly a very clear indication that the Stamford management intends to stay in the area again.
And, as mentioned, the rumor of the Yuengling Center is not new, but the confirmation by 'Ringside News' that in the WWE plans that will be the next home of ThunderDome must be recorded.
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Formerly known as the USF Sun Dome, the Yuengling Center is located on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa.
This is a truly historic location, as WWE broadcast us the 1995 Royal Rumble and two Saturday Night's Main Event events, in December 1985 and 1988 respectively. The change would not have too many problems from a logistical point of view because the building is only 30 minutes away from Tropicana Field.
At the time of writing, it is not known whether WWE will allow live fans to sit in the stands with this move, parallel to the installation of the ThunderDome screens. And this is a real possibility, as Florida now allows public access for all events, internal and external (albeit to a very small number of people).
Ringside News can confirm that WWE will not be moving out of the Tampa Area for their next ThunderDome location. This has been independently confirmed by multiple sources. The issue is that the exact location of the Thunderdome's new home hasn’t been revealed.
“I don’t know which facility in that area,” one tenured member of the creative team told us, “but we are supposedly continuing to be based out of the Tampa Bay area”. There is thought that WWE might utilize the Yuengling Center, formerly known as the USF Sun Dome, but that has not been confirmed. That arena is a likely candidate.