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SummerSlam status in jeopardy after new Boston gathering restrictions


TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts

WWE may have to find a new location for its SummerSlam pay-per-view on August 23.

The live event, which was supposed to take place at TD Garden in Boston, is facing uncertainty after new gathering restrictions announced Friday by Boston mayor Marty Walsh.

Walsh announced Friday that all large events, such as parades and festivals, in the city will be canceled until Labor Day – which is September 7.

“We do not envision, at this point this summer, when it will make sense to have large scale crowds gathered in close contact for any prolonged periods of time,” Walsh said.

“This is a public health decision, and it’s the right decision, but it also affects some of our most beloved annual events that we love having here in the city,” said the mayor. “I urge everyone to who organizes annual parades and celebrations to preserve the spirit of your event.”

Smaller events will be looked at on a case by case basis. No events that would draw more than 10 people should be planned.

SummerSlam – even without a crowd in attendance – would take a much higher amount than 10 people to operate the event, just like any sporting or professional wrestling event. WWE has not made any official announcements regarding the pay-per-view as of now.

— Information from CBS Boston was used in this report.

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