The WWE ThunderDome is leaving Tropicana Field and moving 30 miles to the University of South Florida’s Yuengling Center.
The change was necessary, because the Tampa Bay Rays of Major Leage Baseball are the primary tenant at Tropicana field and their season begins April 9. It is likely that WWE will have to pre-tape Raw and SmackDown prior to WrestleMania, though that has not been formally announced by the company.
The new ThunderDome at the Yuengling Center will be WWE’s home for the foreseeable future. The current plan is to remain at the Yuengling Center while gauging whether it is prudent to return to a weekly live event model in different cities.
“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.”
Fans can sign up to sit in the virtual audience and be part of both Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and WWE pay-per-view events by visiting wwethunderdome.com.