Following the success of Wrestlemania 37 last weekend at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, WWE plans to have fans present at their next major pay-per-view.
According to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, sources within WWE have confirmed SummerSlam will be held in front of a live crowd. The date and location of the event have yet to be revealed.
During a recent interview with Variety, WWE President Nick Khan revealed once the company begins is back on the road, they would like to tour full-time, rather than have one-off events with a live crowd.
WWE recently started a new residency at the Yeungling Center in Tampa, FL. No fans are currently permitted to attend events inside that venue. The company’s lease with the arena ends this August.
In late 2019, The City Of Orlando made multiple bids to host future SummerSlam and Survivor Series pay-per-view events. City commissioners voted to use $125,000 from the city tourist development fund to bid on the 2021 and 2022 SummerSlam, as well as the 2020, 2021, or 2022 Survivor Series. If successful, the event(s) will take place at the Amway Center.
WWE originally planned to hold the 2020 Summerslam at TD Garden in Boston, but was forced to cancel that event due to the ongoing pandemic. It’s unknown if WWE has had discussions to host a future PPV in Boston.
The last SummerSlam event with live fans was at Toronto’s Scotiabank arena in 2019.