The Amway Center has sent a message of thanks to World Wrestling Entertainment for blessing it with the ThunderDome for the past few months.
Since the summer, Amway has been the home of WWE ThunderDome which housed every edition of Raw, SmackDown, Main Event and every WWE pay-per-view event from SummerSlam to Survivor Series.
The arena even made the headlines when WWE’s novel multi-screen concept won awards for its ability to allow fans back into arenas virtually.
However, WWE and Amway Center parted ways after the December 7 Monday Night Raw in order to allow the building to prepare for the upcoming MLW season, but not without a message of thanks and gratitude from the building that may otherwise have lain empty all this time:
“After a record-breaking 119 days and 37 shows, @WWE hosted its final broadcast from Amway Center. We loved welcoming all the incredible WWE fans into the arena virtually over the last four months and we can’t wait until our WWE family returns to Orlando again soon! #ThankYouWWE.”
After a record-breaking 119 days & 37 shows, @WWE hosted its final broadcast from Amway Center. We loved welcoming all the incredible WWE fans into the arena virtually over the last four months and we can’t wait until our WWE family returns to Orlando again soon! #ThankYouWWEpic.twitter.com/ALoVlXy7CR
— Amway Center (@AmwayCenter) December 8, 2020
WWE will now relocate to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, where construction on the WWE ThunderDome has already begun.
Tropicana Field will play host to the company from the December 11 Friday Night SmackDown until at least April 2021, being the site for Royal Rumble in January and potentially WrestleMania 37.
As noted by Dave Meltzer in The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the move should only benefit WWE as the forty plus thousand seat building should allow for fans to return to the promotion with social distancing in place.
WWE have put pressure on management for a decision to be made about the return of fans for the Royal Rumble. They have given a deadline on January 7 in order that tickets can go on sale and there is time for plenty of promotion to lure their audience back.