Starting December 11, WWE will be airing Raw and Smackdown from the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, as the “next iteration” of the ThunderDome takes shape inside the domed baseball stadium.
“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.”
In a press release issued today, WWE said that Raw, Smackdown, and pay-per-views will continue to take place behind a closed set 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.
“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 industry-wide recognition are both humbling and further validation of the innovative spirit and passion that exist across the entire WWE organization.”
Brian Flinn, WWE Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, said that the new location will give them “unmatched” live spectacle and it would not have been possible without the support of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Flinn also thanked the Amway Center for their hospitality over the past four months.