WWE ThunderDome is coming to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg this December. The illuminated wrestling spectacle known as ThunderDome will begin with the episode of SmackDown airing December 11 on Fox featuring our own Tropicana Field. Episodes of Raw, SmackDown, and WWE pay-per-views will now be filmed at Tropicana Field for the foreseeable future.
The WWE began with the ThunderDome back in August as the company reconfigured its operations to perform shows in front of no fans — aka the “empty arena era.”
The ThunderDome features large LED screens that allow wrestling fans to virtually attend events.
Ready to rumble at Tropicana Field
“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,” said Matt Silverman, Tampa Bay Rays President. “The ballpark will be transformed to host the spectacle of WWE ThunderDome, allowing fans to enjoy this wildly popular experience virtually.”
“We are proud to have reimagined the in-arena atmosphere and provide an interactive experience like nothing else in sports and entertainment with the launch of WWE ThunderDome,” said Kevin Dunn, WWE Executive Producer & Chief, Global Television Production. “Our fans’ response and industrywide recognition are both humbling and further validation of the innovative spirit and passion that exist across the entire WWE organization.”
This means top tier performers such as Roman Reigns, Sasha Banks, Daniel Bryan, Asuka, and others will be headed to the Sunshine City to practice their craft.
Register to be a part of the virtual wrestling experience
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.
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.
Tropicana Field is located at 1 Tropicana Drive.
WWE® THUNDERDOME™ TAKES OVER TROPICANA FIELD (Photo: Business Wire)
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