ESports Stadium Opens in Arlington

Alan Scaia
November 19, 2018 - 3:10 pm
ESports Stadium

Alan Scaia

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ARLINGTON (KRLD) - Arlington has cut the ribbon on its $10 million transformation of its convention center. The city spent the past four months rebuilding the convention center into the biggest "ESports" stadium in North America.

"This new venue provides us with the opportunity to create jobs, and I can't wait to see the positive impact these esports events will have on tourism," says Mayor Jeff Williams.

Williams played the first game in the arena Monday morning, playing Rocket League with City Manager Trey Yelverton. Williams and Yelverton lost to executives from two competitive gaming organizations.

"I must admit my gaming days are mostly behind me," Williams says. "I do remember being consumed when Doom first came out."

Students from UT-Arlington attended the ribbon cutting. UT-Arlington has an esports club that has won championships in other parts of the country. Students say they have attended events at locations like Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie but having one arena dedicated to esports lets organizers create a better experience.

"It's really exciting to see a stadium like this in Arlington," one student said. "It's completely dedicated to esports year round."

The arena in Arlington will host its first event starting this Saturday.