Today WWE announced that the Royal Rumble will be held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Pro wrestling has a long history in Tampa going back all the way to the days of Dusty Rhodes at the Armory. Even now, many top WWE superstars you see on TV today got their start at a little gym on Dale Mabry in Tampa. And now St. Pete will get a chance to be in the spotlight.
WWE says this marks the first time that Royal Rumble will be held in Tampa Bay in front of fans since 1995. The wrestlers will be in the area for an entire weekend of events across St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa. Following the Rumble event on Saturday, January 27, WWE’s big weekly TV show Monday Night Raw will come from Amalie Arena in Tampa on January 29.
WWE held its biggest annual event WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium in 2021. There have been several live events since at Amalie Arena. Plus WWE’s developmental wrestling league NXT continues to showcase up and coming talent in small venues like The Minnreg Hall in Largo.
The 2024 WWE Royal Rumble will be headlined by the 30-man and 30-woman Royal Rumble matches. The winners of both receive a Championship match opportunity at WrestleMania 40. More information on the ticket on-sale will be announced in the coming weeks.