The city of Arlington is excited to announce plans for a state-of-the-art esports stadium designed to draw competitive gaming players and fans from around the world.
The 100,000-square-foot space, which would be the largest esports stadium in the country, is set to open its doors this fall in Arlington’s Entertainment District.
Mayor Jeff Williams announced the city’s venture with Esports Venues, LLC, during a news conference at the Arlington Convention Center, which would become home to Esports Stadium Arlington.
“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 Williams. “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 longer to experience everything Arlington has to offer.”
By collaborating with 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.
“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 stadium renovation and equipment investments would be repaid through annual lease payments, event revenue, stadium naming rights revenue and other opportunities associated with catering to the esports industry.
Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO, Ron Price, is eager to tap into this emerging sports entertainment market. “We’re ready to make strategic investments to attract the esports tournaments and other high-tech entertainment events,” said Price. “Our investment reflects the city’s drive to remain a thriving tourism destination!”
Price was also amazed at the prospect of creating the most unique and technologically advanced space available for meetings and conventions in North Texas. “The production capabilities and technological innovations being introduced to the current facility are like northing the market has seen before,” said Price.
NGAGE Esports, an entertainment-marketing firm, will manage the stadium.
“We are extremely excited for the opening of Arlington’s esports stadium and see it as nothing short of a milestone for the industry,” said Jonathon Oudthone, NGAGE president. “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.”
University of Texas – Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari also takes pride in the esports industry. “We are proud of our students and pleased they will be able to share in the events and competitions that will take place in this world-class facility just 10 minutes from campus,” said Karbhari. “I’m grateful for the wonderful collaboration that exists between UT Arlington, our community, and look forward to another partnership that will keep Arlington and the metroplex at the forefront of this new, exciting enterprise.
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,” Williams concluded. “We’re ready for the biggest tournaments in the esports industry to call Arlington home.”