The only thing that is consistent in life is change. Earlier today, WWE announced that its ThunderDome will be moving from the Amway Center in Orlando to the Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay. This change is scheduled to begin with the Friday, December 11 episode of Smackdown.

The ThunderDome has been WWE’s virtual home since August of this year. Featuring multiple LED boards, pyrotechnics and other impressive elements, this arena has served as an opportunity for fans to connect virtually with the WWE talent, during the difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“The Tampa Bay Rays are excited to welcome WWE to Tropicana Field for this residency and shine a spotlight on the Tampa Bay area for WWE fans around the world,” said Matt Silverman, Tampa Bay Rays President. “The ballpark will be transformed to host the spectacle of WWE ThunderDome, allowing fans to enjoy this wildly popular experience virtually.”

“We are proud to have reimagined the in-arena atmosphere and provide an interactive experience like nothing else in sports and entertainment with the launch of WWE ThunderDome,” said Kevin Dunn, WWE Executive Producer & Chief, Global Television Production. “Our fans’ response and industry-wide recognition are both humbling and further validation of the innovative spirit and passion that exist across the entire WWE organization.”

“Hollywood celebrities, WWE Legends and millions of fans from around the world have all enjoyed what the world-class WWE ThunderDome has to offer,” said Brian Flinn, WWE Chief Marketing & Communications Officer. “This new residency will enable us to continue offering an unmatched live spectacle and would not have been possible without the strong support from the Tampa Bay Rays organization. We remain grateful for the hospitality provided by the Amway Center over the past four months.”

Editor’s Opinion:

I think that this is a good idea, and is a good way to keep things fresh for WWE. It also allows the opportunity to not have aerosols in one place for a continual amount of time, which will be important as things will hopefully continue to open up in 2021. Looking forward to see what WWE can do in its new home!

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