SummerSlam will head to the Las Vegas Strip in August, WWE announced. The annual event will be held at Allegiant Stadium on August 21, the first time the card will take place in an NFL Stadium.
“Coming out of the pandemic, it was important to us to have a big event like SummerSlam in Las Vegas,” says Nick Khan, WWE President and Chief Revenue Officer. “We expect to deliver a great night of sports-entertainment for the people of the city and a boost in foot traffic for the casinos and local businesses.”
The event will be among the first at Allegiant, which opened during the pandemic as the home of the Las Vegas Raiders, but has not yet been opened to full capacity. A July show by EDM star Illenium is currently expected to be the first such event, followed by Garth Brooks’ rescheduled Stadium Tour performance in early August. The Raiders have yet to play in front of a full capacity crowd, but are planning on it for games in 2021, as is the rest of the professional football community.
“The Raiders are thrilled to join WWE in hosting SummerSlam at Allegiant Stadium in August,” said Raiders President Marc Badain. “WWE is a leader in global entertainment, and to host one of its signature events in the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World is a perfect fit. The Raiders look forward to SummerSlam and a full schedule of events and entertainment to come at Allegiant Stadium.”
Tickets for the event will go on sale Friday, June 18. There is also a presale available through WWE – those interested can register for access at www.summerslam.com/presale. The event will stream live on Peacock in the United States.
Las Vegas saw a number of high profile events relocate in 2020 due to heavy restrictions on fan attendance due to the pandemic. Texas was the beneficiary in more than one instance, as the PBR World Finals and National Finals Rodeo both headed east to the Lone Star State, which allowed fans at a far higher capacity beginning last summer than much of the United States. But the city is in full reopening mode now, and demand is high, as evidenced by Cirque du Soleil’s ticket sales strength for the two shows it is reopening soon. The city will also be host to what is expected to be the largest ticketing trade show in history, as Ticket Summit joins with ALSD for an August return.
“We couldn’t be more excited to host SummerSlam for the very first time and welcome WWE, its Superstars and the WWE Universe to Las Vegas this August,” said Steve Hill, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Live entertainment and sporting events are returning to the destination in a big way, and SummerSlam is the perfect addition to the Las Vegas summer calendar.”