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WWE confirms it's looking for new SummerSlam home amid Izod Center's reported closing

Brock Lesnar celebrates with Paul Heyman after winning

Brock Lesnar celebrates with Paul Heyman after winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title from John Cena at SummerSlam in Los Angeles on Aug. 17, 2014. Credit: WWE

WWE isn’t wasting any time looking for a new SummerSlam venue.

Although Wednesday’s reported closing of the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey is not yet official, WWE confirmed to Newsday Wednesday night that the search is on for a place to hold the company’s No. 2 annual show.

SummerSlam had been scheduled to take place at the Izod Center -- the former home of the NBA’s Nets and NHL’s Devils -- on Aug. 23.  

“WWE is currently looking at alternatives, and we are confident that we will come up with an equivalent, if not better, option,” a company spokesman said in an email. reported that as part of the deal to close the Izod Center, the Prudential Center will have the first right of refusal for scheduled Izod events.

SummerSlam had been held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the last six years. But WWE decided to move the event to the East Coast, presumably because it’s holding March 29's WrestleMania at Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.

The Prudential Center website was not operational Wednesday night. The Madison Square Garden website currently lists only one event scheduled for August, a Billy Joel concert on Aug. 20. Nassau Coliseum’s website lists events only through May.

WWE potentially has more flexibility in rescheduling the date than it would have had in the past. Due to last year’s launch of the WWE Network and the move away from a pay-per-view business model, the company’s dependence on PPV vendors is minimal.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the date for WrestleMania.

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