WWE has confirmed that the ThunderDome is on the move from Tropicana Field to the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida.
The company’s residency at Tropicana Field is due to come to an end as the baseball season gets underway. The stadium is home to MLB side the Tampa Bay Rays.
The ThunderDome concept began in the late summer of 2020, with video screens showing fans at home surrounding the ring. The ThunderDome’s first home was the Amway Center in Orlando before moving west to ‘The Trop’.
A full statement has been released by WWE announcing the change of venue:
“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.”
“Featuring a state-of-the-art set, video boards, pyrotechnics, lasers, cutting-edge graphics, and drone cameras, WWE ThunderDome provides an immersive viewing atmosphere and virtually brings thousands of fans into the arena via live video, in conjunction with The Famous Group and its proprietary technology, for every Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and WWE pay-per-view event. WWE ThunderDome received top honors at last year’s Sportel Awards for Best Virtual Fan Experience.”
— WWE (@WWE) March 24, 2021
The statement continued with comments from WWE’s Executive Producer and Chief, Global Television Production, Kevin Dunn, and the EVP of Vinik Sports Group, Kevin Preast:
“WWE has always been a highlight of our event mix and bringing this world-class residency to Yuengling Center only strengthens our relationship,” said Kevin Preast, Executive Vice President of Event Management at Vinik Sports Group. “Hosting WWE ThunderDome is another step towards a full return of hosting more events in the area.”
“WWE takes great pride in providing our fans and network partners with cutting-edge production and one of the most interactive atmospheres in all of television every single week,” said Kevin Dunn, WWE Executive Producer & Chief, Global Television Production. “We look forward to the next iteration of the WWE ThunderDome at Yuengling Center as we continue to take the fan experience to a whole new level.”
WWE is no stranger to the Yuengling Center. Under the venue’s previous name of the USF Sun Dome, WWE ran Saturday Night’s Main Event from the arena in 1985 and 1988. The arena also held the 1995 Royal Rumble.