Beginning Wednesday, July 24, NWA-TNA: Total Nonstop Action events will be broadcasting from the Nashville Fairgrounds.
Fans in the Nashville area can get ticket information by calling 366-8036 or by emailing email@example.com
The Fairgrounds box office will be open special hours this Saturday from Noon to 2pm and will be open on Wednesday's from 3pm until showtime.
Reserved ringside seats are $15, and General Admission will cost $10 per ticket.
Just my opinion, of course, but having to move out of the Nashville Municipal Auditorium less than a month after moving in is not a good thing, especially when you consider that the place was being referred to by the promotion as the "TNA Dome". I suspect the problem was they just couldn't get enough people to pay to come see the show, and that those who were paying to see it live weren't too thrilled that so many others were being let in for free just to try to keep the place from looking empty. In addition, I've seen broadcasts of "USA Championship Wrestling" featuring matches that were held at the Nashville Fairgrounds; IMHO, it's going to be quite a challenge to the production crew to put on a quality broadcast from that venue. On the other hand, consider Jeremy Borash's comments from his column on the NWA-TNA web site:
A lot of people will be talking about our move to the Nashville Fairgrounds, which starts next week. We are moving for a number of reasons, first and foremost are the conflicts that would interfere with keeping our show live on Wednesday nights, including a P.O.D. concert later in the month. Secondly, the Fairgrounds do not require us to use union staff, which will save an incredible amount of the cost of the production. That building is probably one of the most historic wrestling buildings in the country, as the Rock, Hogan, Flair, Austin, and just about every name youíve heard of has performed there. I think a smaller, louder crowd will be best for the product. As a fan, I have never experienced the magic like Iíve seen at shows in venues like the ECW arena, the Manhattan Center, and even the first Nitro at the Mall of America. Hopefully, this will have a similar feel.
A nice bit of spin-doctoring by Borash, IMHO (though admitting that you're going to use non-union labor in order to save money may just alienate more potential fans). Perhaps NWA-TNA will be able to turn this into a huge positive; but from where I sit, it looks like one more sign that this promotion is sinking fast.
BTW, you can Click Here to see the announcement for yourself on the NWA-TNA web site. You can also Click Here to read Jeremy Borash's July 19th "From the Inside" column in full (and I promise this will be the last post I make where I quote and/or link to that column!).
Every wrestling fan had better hope that this is not a sign that TNA is sinking fast. If it goes, so too does innovative wrestling, and even a reasonable alternative to WWE (besides simply getting the F out of wrestling entirely).
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Originally posted by Downtown BookieReserved ringside seats are $15, and General Admission will cost $10 per ticket.
So these guys are going to charge the same or more for a ticket to watch the NWA live? Not a smart way to do business if you ask me.
I don't get this argument. By having it cost slightly more to see the show live, you know that those in attendance are going to be more rabid fans who enjoy the live product. As long as the arena is filled, it is good for the product. Also, I can see people paying more for live entertainment than a TV show.
You know, it costs a hell of a lot more to see Smackdown live. And anyone with a TV and an antenna can see Smackdown at home for free.
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