New WWE ThunderDome Location Confirmed; Will Remain A Closed Set

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It had been heavily rumoured that the WWE ThunderDome would be looking for a new home next month.

The start of the baseball season would mean WWE needed to vacate Tropicana Field.

The company have today confirmed that The Yeungling Center in Tampa will become home to the ThunderDome from 12th April, the Raw after WrestleMania.

The official press release starts off explaining the move.

WWE® (NYSE: WWE) will bring its world-class viewing experience, WWE ThunderDome, to Yuengling Center as it remains in Tampa with a new residency starting with Monday Night Raw® on April 12 at 8 pm ET on USA Network.

The move to Yuengling Center continues WWE’s longstanding relationship with the state of Florida and marks the next phase of WWE ThunderDome, which launched to critical acclaim last August at Amway Center in Orlando and has continued over the past four months at Tropicana Field in Tampa. Yuengling Center sits on the campus of one of Florida’s largest universities, the University of South Florida.

WWE have stated that over 65,000 fans have taken part in the ThunderDome experience so far.

Interestingly, this also confirms that WWE will continue without fans in attendance after WrestleMania.

Whilst 25,000 fans are expected in Raymond James Stadium each day, the press release confirms the ThunderDome will remain a closed set.

Raw, SmackDown and pay-per-view programming will be produced at Yuengling Center on closed sets with only essential personnel in attendance. WWE will continue to administer 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.

It will be a busy few days for the company ensuring they have both venues are ready in time, but with the ThunderDome being a fixture for so long now the company no doubt know how to set it up effectively in a new location.

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