Largest Esports Stadium in U.S. Coming
If you are into gaming and the boom of this pop culture, you would know that Esports is making a major impact on the industry. In 2017, the global esports market was valued at nearly $493 million. By 2020, esports is estimated to be a $1.5 billion industry. Esports has been international for a while but now the USA is stepping up its game big time. Teams are popping up everywhere and tournaments are being developed by the week. California and Las Vegas has already set the pace with its locations dedicated to hosting tournaments with the creators behind Esports Arena, but now we have the biggest venue of them all about to open.
The City of Arlington, TX, home of the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and the WNBA’s Wings, has announce plans for a state-of-the-art esports stadium designed to draw competitive players and fans from around the world. The 100,000-square-foot space, which would be the largest and most flexible esports stadium in the country, is set to open its doors this fall in Arlington’s world-class Entertainment District.
Mayor Jeff Williams announced the City’s innovative venture with Esports Venues, LLC, during a news conference Wednesday at the Arlington Convention Center.
“Being on the forefront of new ideas and setting trends is in our DNA and part of who we are as The American Dream City,” Williams said. “Esports Stadium Arlington will further cement our city’s status as a national and international tourist destination. Players and fans will come here for the tournaments and they’ll stay even longer to experience everything Arlington has to offer.”
By collaborating with award-winning sports and entertainment architecture firm Populous, the City of Arlington and Esports Venues, LLC, plans to invest $10 million into the Arlington Convention Center to transform it into a stadium that offers the most immersive spectator experience in the live esports event market.
“This esports stadium will transform the Arlington Convention Center and position the city as the epicenter for esports in the heart of North America,” said Brian Mirakian, senior principal at Populous. “Esports fans will encounter a live experience unlike any other, by way of space for up to 1,000 spectators, VIP amenities and year-round event potential.”
Arlington’s ability to adapt to an emerging sports entertainment market and readiness to make strategic investments to attract the esports tournaments and other high-tech entertainment events reflects the City’s drive to remain a thriving tourism destination, said Ron Price, Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO.
The stadium will be managed by NGAGE Esports, one of the nation’s leaders in the field of entertainment marketing. NGAGE has a proven track record of working with some of the world’s biggest companies to combine social media, design, asset building, brand partnerships and activations to optimize fan engagement.
“We are extremely excited for the opening of Arlington’s esports stadium and see it as nothing short of a milestone for the industry. Our collaboration with the City of Arlington will give Texas and American esports a platform worthy of the vitality and impact it’s so swiftly developed,” said NGAGE President Jonathon Oudthone.
The City’s planned stadium, which displays the adaptive re-use potential of esports, would feature a major competition event space, gaming, retail and social spaces, VIP hospitality, a broadcast studio and team training areas.
“I know the gaming community across the globe is going to fall in love with this stadium and with Arlington,” Mayor Williams said. “We’re ready for the biggest tournaments in the esports industry to call Arlington home.”