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It’s almost time to play ball for the Tampa Bay Rays, so WWE is getting the boot from The Trop.

Since the pandemic has shut down live shows for World Wrestling Entertainment, they have been filming their TV shows at the “ThunderDome.” It’s basically an arena filled with monitors showing fans watching at home. At first, WWE shot their matches at their training facility in Orlando. To have more space to work with, they moved to the Amway Center in Orlando. With NBA season beginning, in December of 2020, they moved operations to Tropicana Field. But now that baseball season is about to kick off, the WWE needs a new home and they found one in Tampa.

Amalie Arena is out since the Tampa Bay Lightning season is in full swing so Variety reports that the Yuengling Center at USF will be the new home for Monday Night Raw and other programming beginning April 12. That will be right after WWE hosts WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium. Mania will have about 25 to 30% capacity with actual live fans instead of TV screens. Tickets went on sale last week, but even with the reduced capacity, plenty of seats still remain. It did not sell out.

As was the case with the Trop, fans will not be let in to the Yuengling Center. It’s a closed set just for WWE employees. [Source: Variety]

Some of my WWF parking lot encounters from the ’80s…

I was a huge pro wrestling fans back in the WWF days of the ’80s. I found these photos from my Kodak Disc (remember those?) photos from the parking lot behind the Cumberland County Civic Center World Wrestling Federation events.

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Many WWE stars you see on TV got their start right here at a little warehouse in South Tampa.

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