STAMFORD, Conn — WWE, part of TKO Group Holdings, announced that WWE Backlash France will be the first-ever WWE Premium Live Event to be held in France, emanating from the LDLC Arena in Lyon-Decines on Saturday, May 4, 2024.
— WWE (@WWE) November 16, 2023
This announcement comes after Backlash 2023, being held at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which became WWE’s highest-grossing and most-viewed Backlash in company history. In addition to the premium live event, WWE will be hosting SmackDown on Friday, May 3, 2024, being the first time a Smackdown event will be broadcasted in France.
It’s rather fitting for the WWE and TKO Group Holdings to capitalize on pre-Olympics hype as the country hosts the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad starting in mid-July.
Another reason for the significance of this event is that the LDLC arena in Lyon-Decines, France, is actually not even finished with its construction, with the arena doors being opened sometime in the next few weeks with the likes of mainstream music acts like the Jonas Brothers, Sting and Green Day having concerts and the new state of the art venue.
According to the official website of the architectural firm Populous, the same firm that’s heading the new Buffalo Bills stadium, the renovations of the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minn. and many other projects around the world, the LDLC Arena will be the largest indoor arena in France outside Paris and one of the most technologically and environmentally advanced in Europe.
The news also follows the announcement of Bash In Berlin, which will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday, August 31, 2024.
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