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Update on WWE venue once the ThunderDome deal ends

The WWE ThunderDome has become the home of the WWE fanbase in the middle of the pandemic
The WWE ThunderDome has become the home of the WWE fanbase in the middle of the pandemic
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Modified 30 Oct 2020, 20:42 IST
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The third-quarter earnings call for WWE took place recently. During the earnings call, Stephanie McMahon got on the call and put over the WWE ThunderDome as well as WWE's ability to get through the pandemic in the safest way for fans possible. She also talked about how the ratings had increased since they moved into the ThunderDome.

The Chief Financia Officer, Kristina Salen, also provided an update about WWE's venues and the ThunderDome.


Update on the future of the WWE ThunderDome

The WWE ThunderDome has served as the home for WWE's main roster shows, RAW and SmackDown, over the past few months. Before SummerSlam, WWE moved into the Amway Center, where they set up their arena, enabling it to be possible for fans to attend from home, thereby bringing back some of the ambience the company had been missing since the start of the pandemic.

According to reports, WWE's original deal with Amway Center allowed them to be in the arena for WWE ThunderDome until the end of October. However, it was later announced that the deal had been extended for one month until the end of November.

WWE CFO Kristina Salen said on the call that there would be 'some kind of center for the foreseeable future' in WWE, and that it would continue into 2021. She added that there were a lot of places for WWE to go, even if they have to move out of the ThunderDome.

This statement was similar to the report that had come out previously about WWE not being able to stay in the ThunderDome once November is over, thanks to the NBA's plan to start their new season in December.

According to another report from Jon Alba, the contract runs through 24th November officially.

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Alba's report further stated that with the NBA starting off their games in Orlando in December of this year, it would signal the end of WWE shows being broadcast from the Amway Center.

Given the current status of things, the company may not remain in Amway Center's ThunderDome and will find another arena.

Published 30 Oct 2020, 20:00 IST
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