Over the last decade, esports gained popularity and now challenges traditional sports. Alike to professional football or basketball teams, major franchises in competitive gaming now have whole stadiums to broadcast their games to the public and host live viewers. The Overwatch League even required all teams to be physically based in the home cities they represent, to play home and away matches.
Stadiums have long conquered the most prestigious halls of the globe to host sporting events (the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Zenith in Paris, the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin), however, the appearance of dedicated and permanent arenas is a relatively new phenomenon. The pro players visiting such arenas can earn millions of dollars a year, we can only dream about such sums of money or try your luck at an online casino.
What are the best esports arenas? Find out more in this Esports Arena list.
- The Esports Arena
The Esports Arena in downtown Orange County, California, is the world’s first venue dedicated to esports. Launched in 2015, this 15,000 square foot facility hosts daily video game tournaments and rents space for major esports events. The Esports Arena organizes various competitions, such as the National Weekly Leagues and the NBA 2K20 Global Championship.
- Blizzard Arena
The Blizzard Arena is can welcome 450 esports enthusiasts in Burbank, California. This arena of over 54,000 square feet was built in 2018 to host matches of the Overwatch League, Blizzard’s first-person shooter official competition. Once dedicated to host landmark TV shows as part of the Burbank Studios, the Blizzard Arena has been completely renovated to include practice areas, full-service studios, spectator boxes for special guests, as well as a competitive scene. Following the success of its building in Los Angeles, Blizzard inaugurated a second arena in Taipei, Taiwan. As the 2020 season of the Overwatch League will run exclusively on homestands, time will tell what Blizzard will do his its arena, now empty during the regular season.
- HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas
Since 2018, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey are no longer the only ones to bring people in stadium in Las Vegas. The HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas is a 30,000-square-foot, multilevel complex designed to host competitive video gaming competitions in the famous Luxor hotel and casino pyramid. When no gaming event is live in the arena, visitors can enter the center free of charge. They can even purchase game time and play right where their idols perform.
- Esports Stadium Arlington
The Esports Stadium Arlington is the largest dedicated esports facility in North America. Located in Arlington, Texas, this 100,000 square feet facility was built especially with esports in mind. It is home to several esports events, such as the Madden 20 Championship Series and the Overwatch Battle for Texas. Players can also come and play with their own controllers and headsets, or rent some from the staff.
- Fusion Arena
The Overwatch League team Philadelphia Fusion is the first Overwatch team to presents its homestand stadium, called the Fusion Arena. This $50,000,000 project welcomes up to 3,500 esports fans in the heart of the Philadelphia Sports Complex. During the offseason and between Overwatch games, the Fusion Arena will host various live entertainment programming. On March 2019, Comcast Spectacor, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League and former owner of the NBA Philadelphia 76ers announced the plans for this new facility. The 60,000 square foot arena is part of Comcast's $250,000,000 "Transformation 2020" project to modernize the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.
- Chongqing Zhongxian E-Sports Stadium
Designed by Hong Kong architect Barrie Ho, the Chongqing Zhongxian E-Sports Stadium in southwestern China is the world’s first purpose-built esport stadium. With over 60,000 square foot dedicated to esports, the Chongqing Zhongxian E-Sports Stadium has the capacity to seat 7,000 people and accommodate an additional 13,000 people on top of the outdoor plaza. For those who can’t attend the events inside the stadium, outdoors transparent LED screens turn the building into a massive video display, broadcasting the games. As most of the action in esports comes through watching a screen, architect Barrie Ho focussed the stadium around LED screens to let as many people as possible enjoy watching esports events.