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WWE Confirms New Location For ThunderDome & Start Date

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WWE has today confirmed that the ThunderDome will be moving from the Amway Center to Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay – beginning a new residency starting with the December 11th episode of SmackDown. The stadium is home to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays President Matt Silverman commented:

“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. The ballpark will be transformed to host the spectacle of WWE ThunderDome, allowing fans to enjoy this wildly popular experience virtually.”

WWE confirms that RAW, SmackDown and pay-per-view programming will be produced at Tropicana Field 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.

Sports Illustrated are also reporting that the Royal Rumble will emanate from the venue, and that the residency will run through until March/April/

Yesterday, it was reported that the move was imminent, with eWrestlingnews, Wrestling Inc, and Dave Meltzer reporting that the new home would be Tropicana Field with a residency at the stadium lasting until April 2021 due to the new MLB season not starting until Spring of next year.

We, at Inside The Ropes, had reported on plans to leave the ThunderDome back in September, but the contract was since extended for one month.

Fans can register for their virtual seat to be part of upcoming WWE shows via www.WWEThunderDome.com or at WWE’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages.