WWE officially announced earlier this week that WWE ThunderDome will move to the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida. The first show at that location will be the post WrestleMania 37 episode of Monday Night Raw, which airs live on April 12.
In the meantime, however, the possible date on which the WWE could also abandon its new home is already ticking. In an update, published on the most reliable source possible (the website of the Yuengling Center itself), it appears that WWE is currently scheduled to stay there until Tuesday, August 3.
That would make RAW's Monday, August 2nd episode of RAW the last show hosted at WWE's upcoming ThunderDome venue. The Yuengling Center is located on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa and was once known as the University of South Florida Sun Dome.
The arena has the ability to accommodate a total of 10,411 spectators on its stands. The maximum capacity, of course, can only be reached when there are no health emergency protocols in place. And therefore certainly not for the debut on April 12 (when in any case, in addition to the LED screens, several live spectators should also find space).
It will be interesting to see if the situation can change again in view of August.
ThunderDome: WWE is being forced to move out of Tropicana Field
WWE is starting to wrap up its current residency at Tropicana Field in the upcoming recordings of WrestleMania 37.
The company has been there since December 11 and previously debuted the WWE ThunderDome at the Amway Center in Orlando, in an experience that is started last August. A few days ago a report came out in which it was said that WWE has no intention of resuming touring America in the first half of 2021 in the recordings of its shows, and this second 'WrestlinINC' even leads to wondering if the company will revert to its weekly live event model or not.
Since last August, over 650,000 fans have registered for the ThunderDome virtual audience, according to figures released by WWE itself. It is unclear where WWE will go after July. They could find themselves with the ability to book a few touring live events on the road to SummerSlam.
This would also fit into the company’s goal to start running live events again by the second half of the year. WWE will record double episodes of Raw and SmackDown next week to give them time to get out of Tropicana Field. They also need to prepare for WrestleMania. It is unknown whether the next ThunderDome will remain a closed set for fans.