WWE Announces First Return To Touring Since COVID-19 Pandemic
By Jason Hall
May 21, 2021
WWE will officially return to a live touring schedule for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year.
The company announced it will run a 25-city schedule through Labor Day, which will kickoff with a trio of shows in Texas, according to the company's official website.
The three shows will all be lived televised tapings and include the following:
- Friday, July 16: SmackDown– Toyota Center in Houston
- Sunday, July 18: Money In The Bank – Dickies Arena in Fort Worth
- Monday, July 19: RAW – American Airlines Center in Dallas
Tickets for the live events in Houston, Fort Worth and Dallas will go on sale next Wednesday (May 26) at 11:00 a.m. ET.
WWE plans to announce additional tour stops for its 25-city schedule "in the coming weeks."
The company has continued to broadcast its televised shows in remote locations throughout Central Florida since the COVID-19 began in March 2020, which has included tapings at its Performance Center in the Orlando area, as well as multiple "Thunderdome" empty arena locations in Orlando, St. Petersburg and Tampa.
WWE welcomed back fans at a limited capacity for its two-night WrestleMania event last month at Raymond James Stadium, where it was initially scheduled to take place the previous year prior to the outbreak of COVID-19.
WWE's NXT brand has already resumed hosting fans at its Capitol Wrestling Center venue in Orlando, a much smaller venues than the arenas used to host its RAW and SmackDown events.
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