ORLANDO, Fla. (WFTV) -- Gov. Rick Scott was on hand for the announcement of World Wrestling Entertainment opening its first ever Global Performance Center, which will create nearly 100 jobs and will inject $2.3 million of capital investment for Florida families.
The Performance Center is scheduled to open this summer and will serve as the new home to WWE's talent development system, recently re-branded NXT®, and will house seven training rings, a world-class gym and cutting-edge edit and production facilities.
The new center will be the training ground for talent that includes former professional and collegiate athletes, Olympians and entertainers, and will offer a sports medicine program, creating a central location for all WWE talent to receive care both in and out of the ring.
"Our economy has created nearly 300,000 new private sector jobs in just over two years, meaning that thousands of Florida families now have the opportunity to pursue their dreams," said Scott. "WWE could have chosen anywhere in the world to house this new Global Performance Center – and they chose the Sunshine State."
"WWE is proud to call central Florida home to the new, state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center," said Paul Levesque, WWE executive vice president, Talent and Live Events. "The creation of this world-class facility, and our continued partnership with Full Sail University, underscores WWE's commitment to the region and is an investment in our future as we develop the next generation of WWE Superstars."
Last year, WWE and Full Sail University solidified a partnership offering students in media broadcasting concentrations the ability to gain on-the-job training while working on live tapings of the WWE NXT series.
WWE utilizes Full Sail Live, the university's performance venue, and directs all proceeds to a scholarship foundation for Full Sail students.