The Dome holds final show

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The Dome held its last event Sunday.

The iconic arena opened its doors as Strelich Stadium in January 1941, with a professional wrestling match. It would change to Strongbow Stadium before eventually ending up as The Dome.

Over the last 77 years it has hosted boxing matches, concerts, church services, wrestling and more.

“It’s legendary, I mean it means a lot to me,” professional wrestler Billy Blade said “We build memories here. We build a lot of memories I mean this is larger than life when it comes to pro wrestling so I mean yeah the atmosphere is crazy, wild, fun, memorable.”

Sunday night, Vendetta Pro Wrestling returned to Bakersfield, for a fan appreciation show. Doors opened at 5 p.m. and the show started at 6 p.m. All admission was free.

According to The Dome’s owner, the building is in escrow with Geo Group, Inc, which owns the Mesa Verde Immigration Processing Center in Bakersfield.

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