In their continued quest to break new ground in the wrestling world, AEW have announced that they plan to serve up their first ever stadium show at the world famous Arthur Ashe stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York City on September 22nd.
The 24,000 capacity stadium hosts the annual US Open tennis tournament but has never before held a wrestling event. The likes of Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega and Miro will tread the hallowed ground that is normally the preserve of tennis greats such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
AEW President Tony Khan revealed the news in an interview with the NY Daily News and announced that the show would be a special edition of Dynamite titled ‘Grand Slam’.
The stadium itself is part of the USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center and will hold the US Open this year between August 30th to September 12th.
Interviewed in the piece, former AEW Champion Chris Jericho commented on AEW’s constant quest to do things differently and how that leads to iconic moments in wrestling. He said:
“I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re making our debut in New York City in a stadium WWE’s never been in. I’m sure we could have gone to the Garden or done the Barclays Center, but those do have a WWE brush on them. Let’s go somewhere else and make it our New York market arena. Let’s go to Arthur Ashe Stadium and that now becomes an AEW stronghold in the middle of New York, which is a McMahon country.”
Tony Khan announced that tickets will go on sale on July 16th with more information about the show coming soon.