Arlington Site Proposed for Largest Esports Stadium in U.S.

Arlington is proud to be home of the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys and the WNBA’s Wings. But now the City has set its sights on a different but rapidly growing corner of the sports entertainment market competitive gaming.

The City of Arlington is excited to 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, which would become home to Esports Stadium Arlington.

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“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.”

The City’s proposed agreement with Esports Venues, LLC, includes an initial 10-year lease with a 10-year renewal option. Arlington’s 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’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.

In 2017, the global esports market was valued at nearly $493 million. By 2020, esports is estimated to be a $1.5 billion industry.

“We are 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 nothing the market has seen before,” Price said. “Arlington’s ability to deliver an elevated customer experience can only serve to expand the meeting and convention market for the city.”

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.

Arlington is already home to an active, engaged gaming community at the University of Texas at Arlington.

“We are proud of our students and pleased that 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 UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari. “I’m grateful for the wonderful collaboration that exists between UT Arlington, the city and our community and look forward to another wonderful 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,” Mayor Williams said. “We’re ready for the biggest tournaments in the esports industry to call Arlington home.”

 

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Linda Pruett
Guest

So will the Convention Center still be available for graduations, Christmas Parties etc or will it just be office headquarters. Seems this is going to be so huge, it will not keep space for anything else. It is very misleading if it doesn’t serve Arlington in the same capacity to call it a Convention Center.

Naw Mai
Guest

Very excited for this. Where can I apply for a position?

Koji Sujaritpakdee
Guest

They’re hiring through infinite.gg/

Peter
Guest

This is the smartest and most forward-thinking move idea yet, the industry in the most rapidly growing in the WORLD. if we want to be considered one of the TOP cities in the WORLD and a model for everyone around the GLOBE. we need MORE projects like this.

MORE INVESTMENT IN TECH, GET AMAZON HERE, GET GOOGLE HERE, TRAIN OUR CHILDREN TO CODE FROM GRADE SCHOOL, LETS BE THE HUB FOR TECH ADVANCEMENTS ON THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD, SHOW THEM ARLINGTON IS WHERE THE SMARTEST AND BRIGHTEST COME FROM.

Greg
Guest

Does this mean Arlington no longer will have a convention center?

Jordan
Guest

Indoor track, Football, soccer space? Maybe can we include it 🙂

Logan
Guest

There’s actually hundreds of those venues in our metroplex, we don’t need anymore. Feel free to let us all know how many ESPORTS venues there are here.

Tommy Leonard
Guest

GREAT….JUST WHAT WE NEED AROUND HERE….MORE TRAFFIC FOR THE PEOPLE AROUND HERE TO CONTEND WITH….WE CAN’T GET OUT OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AS IT IS AND THE CITY WANTS TO THROW MORE ON TOP OF THAT….THANKS JEFF WILLIAMS, OR SHOULD I SAY, THE SECOND ROUND OF BOB CLUCK ….YOU DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE CITIZENS OF THIS CITY, ALL YOU CARE ABOUT IS THE MONEY !!!!

Chrisdobson
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Could you please produce the contract for the inspection of the general public

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