In an article on, it was officially confirmed that the WWE ThunderDome will be moving to the Tropicana Field stadium in St. Petersberg, FL starting with the December 11th edition of WWE Smackdown. 

Tampa Bay Rays President Matt Silverman commented on the move: 

“The Tampa Bay Rays are excited to welcome WWE to Tropicana Field for this residency and shine a spotlight on the Tampa Bay area for WWE fans around the world.” 

“The ballpark will be transformed to host the spectacle of WWE ThunderDome, allowing fans to enjoy this wildly popular experience virtually.”

Ryan Satin noted that for the time being, all events at Tropicana Field “will be done so on closed sets with essential personnel in attendance only.”

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