Report: ThunderDome Moving To Tropicana Field, Update On When Fans May Return To Shows
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New developments have surfaced regarding when WWE may potentially resume traditional shows with live crowds.
Since the start of the global coronavirus pandemic, WWE has been forced to adapt the way they present their weekly shows and pay-per-views. At first, all events, including WrestleMania 36, were held at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Shortly before SummerSlam 2020, they shifted gears to the WWE ThunderDome set up at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
Currently, it appears that the NBA will need the Amway Center available for the Orlando Magic beginning toward the end of December, and current plans according to a report from WrestleVotes on Twitter is for WWE to move to Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida.
According to the tweet, these shows would start in mid-December and run through WrestleMania, with the potential for fans to still be in attendance at the Royal Rumble in January, perhaps even at Tropicana Field. Beyond that point, it is reported that WWE is internally hoping to start having traditional shows with fans beginning with the night after WrestleMania.
Newest plan now is to have ThunderDome shows at Tropicana Field in Tampa starting mid December thru Mania season. Fans at the Royal Rumble still possible, potentially even at the Trop in TB. WWE is hoping to start traditional live arena shows w/ fans the night after WrestleMania.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) November 18, 2020
Traditionally, the Monday Night Raw following WrestleMania features a raucous crowd, which WWE loves to tout as a part of the WrestleMania week experience.