The city of Arlington, Texas has partnered with Esports Venues to build the largest esports stadium in the US.
The Esports Stadium Arlington is scheduled to open later this year, and will take up 100,000 square-feet with a 1,000 person capacity. It will feature a major competition event space, gaming, retail and social spaces, VIP hospitality, a broadcast studio and team training areas.
The project will see the City of Arlington and Esports Venues invest US$10 million to transform the Arlington Convention Center into a state-of-the-art esports arena. The city’s proposed agreement with Esports Venues includes an initial ten-year lease with a ten-year renewal option.
The venue’s design and construction will be managed by sports and entertainment architecture firm Populous, while entertainment marketing company Ngage Sports will be tasked with managing the stadium.
Arlington is already home to the National Football League’s (NFL) Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB), but the city is now tapping into the esports market in an attempt to draw competitive players and fans from around the world.
“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,” said Jeff Williams, mayor of Arlington. “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.”
“This esports stadium will transform the Arlington Convention Center and position the city as the epicentre 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.”
“We are extremely excited for the opening of Arlington’s esports stadium, and see it as nothing short of a milestone for the industry,” added Jonathon Oudthone, president of Ngage. “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.”