WWE Moves WrestleMania 36 to Performance Center in Orlando Due to Coronavirus Concerns

After weeks of speculation, the WWE has made the decision to move WrestleMania 36 from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to the Performance Center in Orlando amid the spread of the coronavirus.

The biggest event in WWE's calendar—and all events taking place in Tampa—will still go on as planned, but without live crowds.

Here's the official statement from the WWE:

"In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place. However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE's training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania."

Other WWE events in the Tampa area include the 2020 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, SmackDown, and NXT Tampa.

wrestlemania 36 logo
WWE

WWE has begun to put on its live shows from the Performance Center in Orlando in recent days. The first was the March 11 episode of NXT, which could not use its usual venue at Full Sail University due to the school booking that date in advance. There was a small crowd for that taping.

The March 13 episode of Friday Night SmackDown also took place at the PC but without a live audience and only essential personnel were in attendance. The March 16 episode of Monday Night RAW is also scheduled to take place without a live crowd at the Performance Center.

With the news of WrestleMania being moved, it's safe to presume that all live tapings of the WWE product will be taking place at the PC for the time being.

The WWE isn't alone in deciding to hold events for no audience. The NCAA announced that its March Madness tournament would continue with a "restricted audience" in the stands. The NBA, on the other hand, has suspended all games until further notice due to a member of the Utah Jazz coming down with the coronavirus.

The news of WrestleMania's move comes soon after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended gatherings of more than 50 people be postponed or canceled for the next eight weeks. President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday as the coronavirus continued to spread through the United States.

According to the CDC, there are currently 3,487 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States. More than 130 confirmed cases are in the state of Florida.

What do you think of the WWE moving WrestleMania into the Performance Center? Let us know in the comments section.