Back in November 2018, Esports Stadium Arlington, the largest dedicated esports stadium was opened. Located in Texas, it is a 100,000 square feet venue that can hold up to 2,500 spectators, which is quite amazing. Most recently, Envy Gaming was given the keys to the stadium, or to be more accurate, it got the rights to its operations.
The move marks a great moment in esports, with an organization fully operating a stadium and several franchised organizations using it as a home base.
Sports Expanded use of the stadium
Envy’s president and COO Geoff Moore told Star-Telegram that they are planning to use the stadium more often, which means there are going to be a couple of big changes. For starters, the public gaming center and the retail-based offerings like boot camps and private room leases are going to be closed down, as they haven’t been getting much attention.
Instead, there will be more frequent events, tournaments, and festivals, not only for the pros, but also for the amateur gamers. The stadium will also be used more to show off games that usually do not get big attention and opportunities to be played at a venue like this. Some of the games like Age of Empires for example will host classic tournaments.
If the stadium gets enough attention, Moore mentioned that the stadium could expand even further, adding upgrades to the facility like big screens for spectators along with other quality of life features that any spectator can enjoy.
With that said, if you happen to have an opportunity to visit this amazing stadium, even if you are not a huge fan of the games being played at the start of the season, you definitely should. Not only because it is going to be a blast to experience the stadium with Team Envy as its new host, but also because you will be supporting the esports scene and showing just how powerful its community is.
Sports Growth of esports in Texas
While Texas does have more popular sports teams like Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers, as esports is growing there, we are confident that it is slowly going to overtake the popularity of traditional sports. Texas based esports franchises like Dallas Fuel and OpTic Texas are bringing esports fandom to a whole new level.
It is expected from Envy to host their home game matches at the Esports Stadium Arlington now, not only for OWL, but also for Call of Duty, and Halo, as they have teams in those games as well. We expect plenty of matches and events to be held at the venue in the future, and potentially homestands to be held there if the franchised leagues decide to return to that format.
To make things even more exciting, the CDL Kickoff Cup is also held there from the 21st of January till 23rd of January. Team Envy is hoping to bring explosive growth to the esports scene, as tickets are already available. One can purchase a $20 one-day ticket, or spend $45 on a weekend pass, which is probably worth it considering how amazing the venue is, and how big of an event it is due to it being the first one this year.