I’d call it a bargain. One of the biggest stories from over the weekend was WWE moving into the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The arena is being dubbed the Thunderdome and offers WWE a way out of the Performance Center, where they had been stuck for five months thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is quite the upgrade but it does come with some additional costs.
Moving into the Amway Center immediately made WWE feel like a much bigger deal all over again. At the end of the day, the Performance Center is a small arena and not something that seems to fit the image of the biggest wrestling company in the world. The move was very necessary and something that was overdue. It is a good thing that WWE got to make the change, and there are some more details that make it seem like a better deal.
Spectrum News 13 in Orlando, Florida has tweeted out an image of the WWE’s lease with the Amway Center which reveals some additional details. The agreement runs through October 31 but both sides can agree to extend or shorten it with two weeks’ notice. There is also a pay per view event scheduled for September 27 which has yet to be announced by WWE. Finally, WWE is paying $12,500 for Sunday events, $10,000 for Monday and Friday events, $7,500 for other day events and $2,500 for non-event days.
Just got full contract between WWE and City of Orlando.
Deal extends 78 days until October 31.
WWE is getting a great deal. Paying at least $200K to rent Amway Center.
$12.5K for Sunday events
$10K for Monday/Friday events
$7.5K for any days WWE works inside Amway@MyNews13 https://t.co/gJi8jNT2GW pic.twitter.com/MSDKXSoG87
— Greg Angel (@NewsGuyGreg) August 25, 2020
The Thunderdome has looked good so far. Check out what WWE is doing with it:
Opinion: It might seem a little pricey, but WWE had to do something to get out of the Performance Center. The new image might not be the favorite choice for every fan but it is a lot better than a dimly lit shoe box that they had been stuck in for months on end. This is an improvement and that hardly seems like the highest price in the world. It might be annoying paying for something when they aren’t using it, but how much are they saving by not having to move everything around?
What do you think of the changes? What other improvements can be made? Let us know in the comments below.
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