WWE is moving all of its TV production to the Amway Center in Orlando – home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.
Throughout the pandemic, WWE has maintained a regular filming schedule for its weekly TV shows and PPV events inside its Performace Center, also based in Orlando, but will be moving to the much larger Amway Center from August 21st, ahead of the Summerslam PPV on August 23rd, and has dubbed the new location the ‘WWE ThunderDome’.
In a press release, WWE said the ThunderDome will deliver “a state-of-the-art set, video boards, pyrotechnics, lasers, cutting-edge graphics and drone cameras, [which] will take WWE fans’ viewing experience to an unprecedented level”.
“WWE has a long history of producing the greatest live spectacles in sports and entertainment, yet nothing compares to what we are creating with WWE ThunderDome,” said Kevin Dunn, WWE Executive Vice President, Television Production. “This structure will enable us to deliver an immersive atmosphere and generate more excitement amongst the millions of fans watching our programming around the world.”
“As WWE takes residency at the world-class Amway Center, we have reimagined our live event experience for today’s environment,” added Brian Flinn, WWE Chief Marketing & Communications Officer. “In partnership with The Famous Group, we will virtually bring our fans back into the show and recreate the interactive in-arena atmosphere that has been a staple of WWE events for decades.”
WWE’s Amway Center residency will continue for the foreseeable future and Raw, SmackDown and pay-per-view programming will be produced on closed sets with only essential personnel in attendance.