You Won’t Believe How Much WWE Is Spending For The SummerSlam Venue

Published 08/19/2020, 11:01 AM EDT


After many speculations in the Wrestling world, WWE confirmed on August 18th that they will be shifting the shows to a new venue. Authorities confirmed that shows would be programmed from the Amway Centre in Florida until further notice.

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The Monday Night RAW of August 17th was the last program filmed in the WWE Performance Centre. From now onwards, all the shows, including WWE SummerSlam, are going to be filmed at the new venue.

WWE spends a fortune on the new venue

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This shift will also mark the beginning of a new virtual era, thanks to ‘WWE ThunderDome.’ The shows filmed in the Performance Centre had constant low ratings.

WWE is now teaming up with The Famous Group to combat that with a new space equipped with flying drone cameras, lasers, LED boards, and enhanced pyrotechnics. According to reports, WWE is paying almost $500,000 for the venue.

A tweet by sports journalist John Alba revealed the deatils.

The strategy is similar to the NBA. With the technologies used, the fans will get the feeling of a live show. The first show to be filmed at the arena is the upcoming Friday Night SmackDown. It will be followed by SummerSlam on Sunday, August 23rd.

In addition, the show will feature live fans! The fans can reserve their tickets on the official ThunderDome website.

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Expectations Are High

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, WWE Executive Vice President of Television Production, Kevin Dunn said –

We’re flying drones in the arena, we are putting a roof inside the Amway Center, and we’ll be able to project content onto the roof. So when a big star like Drew McIntyre comes down to the ring, the whole arena will turn into his content with lasers, pyro, smoke, projections on the top of the building, and on the floor. It will be a big, beautiful entrance, better than WrestleMania.

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WWE confirmed they don’t plan to have a live audience in the Amway Center anytime soon. As a result, SmackDown, Raw, and other special events will be filmed in closed sets with the essential personnel only. However, NXT will be filmed on the Full Sail University campus.

Dunn ensured that all necessary safety protocols like COVID-19 testing, social distancing, mask-wearing, and sanitizations will be implemented at war mode.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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