General

Tropicana Field, also commonly known as The Trop, is a domed multi-purpose stadium located in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States, that has been the home of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB) since the team's inaugural season in 1998. The stadium is also used for college football, and from December 2008 to December 2017 was the home of the St. Petersburg Bowl, an annual postseason bowl game. It is currently the only non-retractable domed stadium in Major League Baseball, making it the only year-round indoor venue in MLB. Tropicana Field is the smallest MLB stadium by seating capacity when obstructed-view rows in the uppermost sections are covered with tarps, as they are for most Rays games.

On November 19, 2020, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced that Tropicana Field would become the new site of their weekly Raw and SmackDown live broadcasts, as well as pay-per-view events during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic after a three month residency at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. While the length of the residency hasn't been disclosed, the residency is expected to last until March 2021. Due to local restrictions, all events will be held behind closed doors with only essential personnel in attendance. WWE installed screens in the seating areas, allowing fans to attend the events virtually. The set, billed as the WWE ThunderDome, also included lighting and pyrotechnic effects. The first show broadcast from Tropicana Field was the December 11 episode of SmackDown.

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