October 20, 2021

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WWE plans up in the air with show being ‘kicked out of Tropicana Field’ just a WEEK before WrestleMania starts

WWE will reportedly have to find a new home for its SmackDown and Raw recordings with Tropicana Field soon becoming unavailable.

The organisation has set up shop in the Florida arena during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vince McMahon must find a new home for WWE once it leaves Tropicana Field

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Vince McMahon must find a new home for WWE once it leaves Tropicana FieldCredit: Getty
The Florida venue is already being reconfigured for the start of the baseball season

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The Florida venue is already being reconfigured for the start of the baseball seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Some were filmed at Orlando’s Amway Center before local NBA side Orlando Magic moved back in at the end of last year.

And the same issue is set to strike WWE next month when MLB team Tampa Bay Rays begin their season in St. Petersburg.

According to journalist Jon Alba, the franchise has been told that its SmackDown taping on April 2 will be its last at Tropicana Field.

A new home must be found for the April 5 Raw show, it has been reported.

Undertakings to reconfigure the arena for baseball have already begun, with the 2020 World Series finalists Rays welcoming the New York Yankees to Florida for their first home game on April 9.

It is anticipated that WWE will remain in Tampa and Yuengling Arena, home to University of South Florida, is one venue under consideration.

No confirmation has arrived yet, with fans also not returning en masse during the pandemic.

In the meantime, WWE has set up under a ThunderDome aesthetic, with LED screens around the ring displaying fans watching on from home.

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The new venue must also be found amid final preparations for Wrestlemania 37.

The showcase begins on April 10 from Raymond James Stadium, the home of NFL champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Fans will be allowed to attend the two-night event, although less than half of seats will be filled due to covid protocol.

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