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WWE announces SummerSlam weekend, including NXT and Raw, staying in Brooklyn through 2017

After years on the West Coast where WWE's big August pay-per-view (PPV) felt like it was going to become synonymous with Hollywood, the company this year moved SummerSlam to the trendiest locale on the East Coast when the set-up shop in New York City's Brookyln borough.

Setting a record by selling out the swanky new Barclays Center three straight night's - Saturday's NXT TakeOver event which also ran on WWE Network and Monday's Raw, in addition to Sunday, August 23's main show - the change was a hit. Enough so that the company announced this morning that they'll be sticking to home of the NBA's Nets and the NHL's Islanders for a couple more years.

Here's the word from

STAMFORD, Conn. and BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Barclays Center, NYC & Company and WWE have agreed to a multi-year deal to bring SummerSlam, Monday Night Raw and NXT back to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in August 2016 and August 2017. This announcement comes on the heels of an extraordinary SummerSlam Week last month which saw WWE sell out Barclays Center for an unprecedented three consecutive nights with NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, SummerSlam and Monday Night Raw.

2016 Key Dates:

Saturday, Aug. 20 - NXT
Sunday, Aug. 21 - SummerSlam
Monday Aug. 22 - Monday Night Raw

2017 Key Dates:

Saturday, Aug. 19 - NXT
Sunday, Aug. 20 - SummerSlam
Monday Aug. 21 - Monday Night Raw

This year's SummerSlam Week combined the best of sports and entertainment while leaving a lasting impact on the host community. Jon Stewart served as host of SummerSlam in his first public appearance since retiring as host of "The Daily Show," and "Arrow" star Stephen Amell teamed up with WWE Superstar Neville to take on WWE Superstars Stardust and King Barrett. ESPN's coverage of SummerSlam included exclusive interviews with WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar, and ESPN's SportsCenter broadcast live from SummerSlam throughout the day. In addition, WWE joined forces with Charity Buzz to raise more than $200,000 for Answer The Call, the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund, while hosting 10 community outreach events, including the record-setting 500th wish granted by WWE Superstar John Cena for Make-A-Wish.

"We are thrilled to build on the success of the 2015 SummerSlam and welcome WWE back to Brooklyn in 2016 and 2017. Big events like SummerSlam help cement New York City's appeal as a dynamic, high-energy destination," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We're thankful for WWE's commitment to Brooklyn, and look forward to a long partnership that benefits the City."

"We're excited to be hosting WWE SummerSlam for the next two years," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center. "We had an incredible experience this past August and are looking forward to continuing our partnership with WWE and NYC & Company."

"Barclays Center, NYC & Company and the City of New York have been incredible partners to WWE, and we are pleased that SummerSlam Week will once again take over New York City in August of 2016 and 2017," said John P. Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President, Special Events. "We look forward to building on the success of this year's event to take SummerSlam Week to even greater heights."

SummerSlam, which is broadcast around the world live on WWE Network, features the biggest stars of WWE alongside other celebrities, entertainers and athletes. SummerSlam Week in Brooklyn will feature a series of activities including fan events, autograph signings, WWE's Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies, hospital visits and other community outreach programs designed to leave a lasting impact throughout the region.

Ticket information for SummerSlam in 2016 will be announced in the near future.

You lucky New Yorkers excited? Other folks making travel plans?

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