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WWE reveals new location for SummerSlam 2015

Originally announced for East Rutherford, New Jersey's IZOD Center, the 2015 version of WWE's August pay-per-view (PPV) SummerSlam had to go looking for a new home when the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority board moved to close that facility due to increased competition in the area.

Having already gone to the trouble of designing a logo touting the first SummerSlam away from Southern California since 2008, the company was in need of a new venue in their biggest market.  Per a story in The New York Daily News, WWE has settled on a building that is quickly becoming their new home base: Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center.

Not that having a show in the City that Never Sleeps needs any spin, but WWE Executive Vice-President of Special Events offered one anyway:

SummerSlam in New York matches one of the most iconic sports and entertainment celebrations with one of the world's greatest cities.

A formal announcement is expected later today.  Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, March 14th at 10AM Eastern.

You New Yawkas, excited?

UPDATE: Here's the official press release from WWE -


STAMFORD, CT AND BROOKLYN, NY - March 5, 2015 - Barclays Center and WWE® announced today that WWE's biggest event of the summer, SummerSlam, will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. and will be available online at,, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Monday, March 16 at noon (pending availability).

SummerSlam, featuring the biggest stars of WWE in action, will be broadcast around the world on WWE Network and pay-per-view. SummerSlam weekend will also include fan events, autograph signings, Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies, hospital visits and other community outreach programs designed to leave a lasting impact throughout the region.

"We are thrilled to be back in New York for WWE's second largest destination event of the year," said John P. Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President, Special Events. "We look forward to continuing our wonderful relationships with both Barclays Center and NYC & Company in what will surely be a memorable weekend in Brooklyn."

"We are happy to have WWE's SummerSlam back in New York City. There's no better place for WWE's biggest event of the summer," said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company. "Events like SummerSlam bring people from around the world to New York City, giving them yet another reason to visit and explore the five boroughs. Thanks to WWE, there's another fantastic reason to visit us this summer."

"Brooklyn is an international brand and is the perfect stage for a major global event like WWE SummerSlam," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center. "Our strong relationship with WWE has enabled us to host many successful events together at Barclays Center. We are excited to build on our partnership by bringing SummerSlam to Brooklyn."

This marks the first time that SummerSlam will be held at Barclays Center. The event has previously been held in New York in 1988, 1991, 1998 and 2002. The Staples Center in Los Angeles hosted the sold-out event the past six years, and other major venues such as Wembley Stadium in London, Target Center in Minneapolis, SAP Center in San Jose, Air Canada Centre in Toronto and TD Garden in Boston have also played host to the historic event throughout its 27-year history.

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