In an interview with Sports Business, Leslie Duncan, WWE’s Senior Vice President of Event Technical Operations, spoke about the WWE ThunderDome and how it will re-strengthen their relationship with their audience.
“We’re looking to use our technical and design prowess to creatively enrich the experience for the fans. To me, having been here a while now, this almost feels like a mini-WrestleMania setup. We’ve used so much of the available space to us because there are no physical fans here, and we’ve replaced them with artistic elements. The video boards surround the ring almost in the same way the fans did when they were here in person.”
Duncan also commented on using the ThunderDome outside of the Amway Center:
“Anything’s possible. The set’s very complex. But I think we’re being very pragmatic about it. We’re here and we’re going to make the best use we can of the arena we’re in.”
Duncan also spoke on the usage of elements of the WWE ThunderDome in a post-COVID-19 world, saying they now have the “technical firepower” to bring a new experience to these in the arena and at home.
“I think we’re going to have a proven design that is still amenable to change. As we go forward, whatever happens, we’re still going to have a lot of technical firepower to enhance both the in-venue and at-home viewer experience.”