NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Simmons Bank Arena is about to put the SmackDown on a live attendance event with the WWE returning to central Arkansas for the first show since the pandemic began.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown will be at the arena Friday, August 27 with the show beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 11 at 10 a.m. at the Simmons Bank Arena Box Office and through Ticketmaster.
The WWE plans on kicking off their first tour since the beginning of the pandemic at a SmackDown event in Houston on July 16 and announced on Friday 21 added events to their summer-tour schedule which includes the major card event being held in North Little Rock.
A return to live events at Simmons Bank Arena has come into focus with vaccination rates rising and with mask and social distancing guidance loosening because of those rates.
Officials with the arena say the August event will be the first time WWE has brought a television event to North Little Rock since July 29, 2019. A non-televised event was at the Arena at the end of November of 2019.
Simmons Bank Arena general manager Michael Marion said the upcoming show would have a capacity similar to shows pre-pandemic.
However, fans will still see COVID-19-driven changes, with masks being recommended for those who are unvaccinated or immunocompromised and plenty of hand sanitizer stations around the concourse.
Marion is excited for the return of live shows like this and believes continues growth in the number of Arkansans getting vaccinations will keep the fun coming to the area.
“We are delighted to have WWE back as we return to full capacity in August. We know the WWE fans in Arkansas are excited and we are, too,” he said. “Everyone should get vaccinated so we can continue to have shows like this.”
Over the past month, events have been announced to resume at Simmons Bank Arena that include the ‘In Real Life’ comedy tour, Disney on Ice and the Professional Bull Riders Bad Boy Mowdown event.
Concerts are also starting to resume at the arena with Foreigner, Banda MS and Toby Mac planned for the remainder of the year.