For the past two summers, the capstone event of TNA Wrestling's BaseBrawl tour has been a show at MCU Park in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2014, the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones will still host a pro wrestling event, but it won't be Impact. Ring of Honor (ROH) is moving in, and will bring Field of Honor to the 7,500 seat (closer to 10,000 standing room only for a non-game event) stadium.
Here's the press release from ROH:
Ring of Honor Wrestling ("ROH") announced today that on Friday, August 15th, it will present FIELD OF HONOR at MCU Park in Brooklyn, NY.
The event will feature championship bouts, top ranked wrestlers and the distinctive next generation wrestling that makes ROH the world's most innovative brand of pro wrestling in the world. A full line-up will be available in the coming weeks exclusively at: www.ROHwrestling.com.
"Wrestling has a rich history at ballparks dating back almost a hundred years and we are excited to celebrate that history by partnering with the Brooklyn Cyclones and MCU Park to bring ROH to their fantastic ball park," said Joe Koff, COO of Ring of Honor.
Tickets for this event will be on sale for Ringside Members on Wednesday, May 21st at 10 AM can be be purchased by clicking HERE. Ringside members click HERE for your Pre Sale Password.
If you are not yet a Ringside Member, click here for more info on how to sign up.
Tickets for the general public go on sale this Friday, May 23rd at 10 AM and can be purchased at brooklyncyclones.com, on the phone through 718-507-TIXX, or in person at the MCU Park Box Office.
Whether this means much in the growing "who's the second biggest promotion in North America?" conversation isn't cut and dry.
It's largely a public relations victory for Sinclair Broadcasting owned ROH, who are at a sizable disadvantage in their quest to attain #2 status due to not having a national television presence (their weekly show is available for free online and syndicated on most Sinclair-owned broadcast channels). TNA will still be holding BaseBrawl events in Maryland, Ohio and Kentucky this summer, but none in a market like Brooklyn/New York City. They will be in the Big Apple for a set of Impact tapings at The Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom June 25 - 27, however.
ROH is on a nice roll with hardcore wrestling fans, though, coming off of two well-reviewed and technically sound internet pay-per-views (PPV) co-promoted with New Japan Pro Wrestling in May, and heading into their first television PPV in June with Best in the World.
It will be interesting to see if ROH can keep making moves, and how or if TNA can respond.