TAMPA — The WWE, which has produced its live events in the Tampa Bay area for the past six months, announced Friday that it will soon be hitting the road again.
The company’s residency at the Yuengling Center — where WWE’s Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and pay-per-view events have been held since WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium on April 10-11 — will end with the July 12 Raw show.
WWE plans to resume hosting full-capacity shows across the country, something it hasn’t been able to do since the pandemic started in March 2020. A 21-city summer tour will include a SmackDown show on Aug. 6 at Amalie Arena.
The tour also includes nearby stops in Fort Myers (Aug. 7), Gainesville (Aug. 8), Orlando (Aug. 9), Jacksonville (Sept. 3) and Miami (Sept. 6).
Beginning in December, WWE relocated its ThunderDome set, which allowed fans to attend events virtually through video conferencing, to Tropicana Field until the Rays’ season began. After WrestleMania, which was attended by 25,675 fans for each of its two nights, the set was moved to the Yuengling Center on USF’s campus.
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