WWE will be showcasing its world-class viewing experience, WWE ThunderDome, at the Yuengling Center as it remains in Tampa with a new headquarters starting Monday Night Raw on April 12 at 8 p.m. ET on USA Network.
The move to the Yuengling Center continues WWE’s longstanding relationship with Florida and marks the next phase of WWE ThunderDome, which received critical acclaim last August at the Amway Center in Orlando and continued for the past four months at Tropicana Field in Tampa. The Yuengling Center is located on the campus of one of Florida’s largest universities, the University of South Florida.
Equipped with cutting edge kits, video cards, pyrotechnics, lasers, cutting edge graphics and drone cameras, WWE ThunderDome provides an immersive viewing experience and virtually draws thousands of fans to the arena via live video in conjunction with The Famous Group and its proprietary technology for each event Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and WWE Pay Per View. WWE ThunderDome won top honors at last year’s Sportel Awards for Best Virtual Fan Experience.
“WWE has always been a highlight of our events, and providing this world-class accommodation at the Yuengling Center only strengthens our relationship,” said Kevin Prest, Executive Vice President, Events, Vinik Sports Group. “Hosting WWE ThunderDome is another step towards a full return to hosting more events in the area.”
“WWE is proud to provide our fans and network partners with cutting-edge production and one of the most interactive atmospheres on television every week,” said Kevin Dunn, Executive Producer and Head of WWE Global Television Production. “We look forward to the next version of WWE ThunderDome at the Yuengling Center as we continue to take the fan experience to a whole new level.”
To date, more than 650,000 fans from around the world have signed up to participate in WWE ThunderDome. Fans can register for their virtual seat for upcoming WWE shows via www.WWEThunderDome.com or on WWE’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages.
Raw, SmackDown and pay-per-view programs will be produced at the Yuengling Center in closed venues with only core staff in attendance. WWE will continue to administer its health and safety protocols for talent, crew, and employees in connection with each production, including COVID-19 PCR testing, social distancing, and wearing masks.