The WWE ThunderDome is coming and it will present a new kind of fan viewing experience. This new virtual fan experience will debut on SmackDown just in time for SummerSlam, and this will be quite a large setup.
Executive Vice President, Television Production Kevin Dunn recently spoke to Sports Illustrated where he laid out WWE’s plan for the Amway Center. They will be flying drones inside the arena as well as putting up 1,000 LED boards.
Of course, pyro is coming back as smoke and lasers will also be featured. This should be quite a spectacle on a weekly basis.
“We can now do things production-wise that we could never otherwise do. We’re flying drones in the arena, we are putting a roof inside the Amway Center, and we’ll be able to project content onto the roof. So when a big star like Drew McIntyre comes down to the ring, the whole arena will turn into his content with lasers, pyro, smoke, projections on the top of the building and on the floor. It will be a big, beautiful entrance, better than WrestleMania.”
“Like the NBA, we’re doing virtual fans, but we’re also creating an arena-type atmosphere,” said Dunn. “We won’t have a flat board, we’ll have rows and rows and rows of fans. We’ll have almost 1,000 LED boards, and it will recreate the arena experience you’re used to seeing with WWE. The atmosphere will be night and day from the Performance Center. This is going to let us have a WrestleMania-level production value, and that’s what our audience expects from us. We are also going to put arena audio into the broadcast, similar to baseball, but our audio will be mixed with the virtual fans. So when fans start chants, we’ll hear them.
We will have all of the latest updates on this new era in WWE’s history as they take viewing from home to another level. This is certainly an interesting way to go, but it looks like the ThunderDome will be the new normal until at least November.
For more information on how you can be a part of this new fan viewing experience visit WWE Thunder Dome’s official website.