After holding the last six years of WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view events at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the pro wrestling promotion is bringing the action back East. But it won’t be at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, where the mega event got its start back in 1988. Instead, the 2015 event is scheduled to take place on Aug. 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. WWE made the announcement, which had earlier been reported by New York Daily News, official on Thursday afternoon.
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“SummerSlam in New York matches one of the most iconic sports and entertainment celebrations with one of the world’s greatest cities,” WWE executive vice president for special events John Saboor told the Daily News. “We thought it made great sense to come back to the East Coast and we could not think of a better host city.”
SummerSlam will be the highest profile WWE event hosted at the Barclays Center since Dec. 12, 2012’s “TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs” pay-per-view, and it is likely to sell out to the region’s notoriously raucous crowd.
Officials of the arena, which is home to the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Islanders and NCAA basketball, are welcoming the partnership.
“Brooklyn is an international brand and is the perfect stage for a major global event like WWE SummerSlam,” the arena’s chief executive Brett Yormark told the Daily News.
Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Saturday, March 14, at 10 a.m. EST.