WWE Thunderdome sign up process explained. Here’s everything you need to know about being a WWE virtual fan and supporting your favourite Superstar.
The WWE has been airing without an audience since the Coronavirus Pandemic. They have been taping their shows at the Performance centre with NXT trainees watching the event as audience. However, the WWE is now ready to bring back real audiences to their shows without compromising guidelines and safety precautions.
With the world getting used to life with Covid-19, it is only natural for Sports to follow suit. Like the NBA, WWE will welcome virtual fans to attend their shows. The difference however, is in the WWE’s attempt at creating an arena kind of atmosphere that one is used to seeing in the WWE.
What is the WWE Thuderdome?
As part of WWE’s new deal with the Amway Center, the WWE will finally move out of the performance center and take place at what the WWE has been calling the Thunderdome. It will feature a “state-of-the-art set, video boards, pyrotechnics, lasers, cutting-edge graphics and drone cameras.” The new presentation will also allow virtual fans to be in “attendance.”
Footage from inside the Amway Center in Orlando, where WWE is working on its newest creation, the ThunderDome pic.twitter.com/WBx8Xx3U8a
— Justin Barrasso (@JustinBarrasso) August 19, 2020
Unlike the NBA where these virtual fans will appear on a 17 foot LED screen, which has been placed court side, the WWE will have rows and rows of fans to simulate the atmosphere of an arena.
“Like the NBA, we’re doing virtual fans, but we’re also creating an arena-type atmosphere,” Pete Dunn, WWE executive vice president of television production, told Sports Illustrated on Monday. “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.”
How to be a Virtual Fan? WWE Thunderdome sign up explained
To sign up to be a WWE virtual fan, you have to go to WWEThunderdome.com to register for an event. You only have to submit your full name and your email to register.
Once you have registered you will receive an email conforming the same.
Each show, whether it be Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, or a pay-per-view event, will have its own registration. On the day of the show, fans will be sent an email. Those who confirm will then be selected on first-come, first-served basis.
Those selected by the WWE will however, have to follow a set of guidelines. The WWE reserve the right to remove those who fail to adhere to the rules. So what are these rules, guidelines and conditions one must follow in order to be a WWE virtual fan?
Guidelines to be a WWE Virtual Fan
- Position yourself in front of your camera from your midsection up
- Good Lighting
- Only one fan per seat
- Appropriate attire
- WWE licensed clothing preferred
- No immoral graphics, images or text, political statements, slogans, logos or other commercial identification of third-parties other than WWE
This is what the email from the WWE regarding their guidelines read:
“All registered fans are further selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Please make sure you are camera ready. Remember, you will be appearing on a live show. We reserve the right to remove you from the live stream at any time, for any reason. The audience will be refreshed throughout the night and you may not be included in the entire broadcast. In addition, we may remove you from the live stream for any inappropriate conduct or technical issues. Watch the show through the stream on your device. Position yourself in front of your camera from your midsection up, leaving a little room above your head.
Make sure you have good lighting. Only one fan permitted per seat. Your attire must be appropriate and must remain on at all times. Officially licensed WWE clothing is preferred, if available. We reserve the right to terminate your participation at our sole discretion if your attire contains any immoral graphics, images or text, any political statements, slogans, logos, graphics or other commercial identification of third-parties other than the WWE, its athletes and sponsors.”
WWE Thunderdome schedule
The WWE reached maximum capacity for their SmackDown episode this week within an hour. However, there are still a number of shows left for the month of August. These are the final dates this month for tapings at the Amway Center.
- Friday, August 21 – Friday Night SmackDown, Amway Center, 8 pm ET on FOX
- Sunday, August 23 – SummerSlam, Amway Center, 7 pm ET on WWE Network
- Monday, August 24 – Monday Night Raw, Amway Center, 8 pm ET on USA Network
- Friday, August 28 – Friday Night SmackDown, Amway Center, 8 pm ET on FOX
- Sunday, August 30 – Payback, Amway Center, 7 pm ET on WWE Network
- Monday, August 31 – Monday Night Raw, Amway Center, 8 pm ET on USA Network
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