WWE confirmed yesterday that from this week’s SmackDown, all episodes of TV will be broadcast live from the Amway Center in Orlando. Since March, all TV has been filmed at the Performance Center.
The move to the Amway Center will also see the introduction of WWE ThunderDome. For those that missed the announcement, this will see virtual fans brought in on massive LED screens. You can read more about the plans by clicking here.
According to Jon Alba, who was one of the first people to report that WWE was going to be moving to the Amway Center last week, the company is paying just shy of $500,000 to use the venue.
Alba noted in his tweet that the deal seems to work well for both WWE and the Amway Center. Here’s exactly what he had to say on the matter:
My @MyNews13 colleague @News13JeffAllen says City of Orlando officials tell him Amway Center will be making about $450,000 off #WWE‘s residency. Given WWE has been off the road for most of the year, that’s a bargain for the company, and good money for venue.
According to reports, WWE won’t be allowed to welcome fans back into the venue until at least November. For the latest on WWE allowing fans back into shows, stay tuned to WrestleTalk.com.