A major esports project is taking shape in Arlington, TX, where plans are in the works for a new $10 million esports stadium.
Through this project, 100,000 square feet of the existing Arlington Convention Center will be converted into a new esports venue. This will result in Esports Stadium Arlington, which is expected to be the largest esports facility in the United States, and provide Arlington with another entertainment venue.
Construction will unfold in two phases, with the second phase–which will convert former meeting rooms into a training center–beginning in December. More from NBCDFW.com:
In early June, the Arlington Convention Center will begin its transition into a new $10 million e-sports stadium. At 100,000-square-feet, it would be the largest such facility in the country.
Phase one of the project will see the old ballroom and lobby become the main stadium with a huge video board, camera platforms and a large competition stage.
The main lobby will have 30 gaming stations, enormous video screens and banners and life-sized avatars of characters.
The storage area will morph into a broadcast center with audio and visual control rooms for live broadcasts and online streaming of events.
Aside from its shear size, one aspect of the Arlington Esports Stadium that is notable is its location. The venue will be near two major league sports venues, including the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park at Arlington and the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
This is also represents the latest initiative to convert existing space into an esports venue. Just as a recent example, the Esports Arena Las Vegas opened at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in March, occupying what was once a night club.
Rendering courtesy City of Arlington.