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Arlington: eSports Stadium

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jrd1964
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Arlington: eSports Stadium

Postby jrd1964 » 15 Mar 2018 08:09

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports/Larg ... 53393.html

The eSports Stadium will open this fall in a portion of the current Arlington Convention Center. The article says it will be the biggest eSports venue in the US.

(Supposedly, eSports are basically glorified video game tournaments played between different teams. Recently, North TX was named the site of a pro team, the Dallas Fuel. The Fuel were not mentioned in the Arlington eSports stadium article.)

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Re: Arlington: eSports Stadium

Postby exelone31 » 15 Mar 2018 11:51

Guhhhhhh, another "sports" venue in Arlington. Doesn't the Dallas Convention Center have a formerly-primo venue that could have been used for this? Note: I have no idea where the Dallas Fuel play, so they could be planning to play somewhere in Dallas proper.

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Re: Arlington: eSports Stadium

Postby DPatel304 » 15 Mar 2018 11:56

Yeah, why Arlington. I feel like this is a sport which doesn't (currently) need a big venue to house it either, so plenty of space to host in the city.

Still, I'm glad to see DFW is getting in on this early on. It's honestly not my cup of tea, but I do recognize it's a huge industry and will be massive in a decade or so.

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Re: Arlington: eSports Stadium

Postby tamtagon » 15 Mar 2018 12:15

exelone31 wrote:Guhhhhhh, another "sports" venue in Arlington. Doesn't the Dallas Convention Center have a formerly-primo venue that could have been used for this? Note: I have no idea where the Dallas Fuel play, so they could be planning to play somewhere in Dallas proper.


Yes, the Dallas Convention Center Municipal Auditorium has been all but forgotten and discarded by city decision makers. Sometime during Dwaine Caraway's first stent on the city council, he tried to 'champion' an $80 million renovation of the Auditorium, but I guess the fancy bridges and Great Recession buried that half-hearted attempt.

I'm still not sure why The Dallas Wings have not been courted to play in the Municipal Auditorium.

Fort Worth Convention Center suffers from similar tunnel vision in this regard. Landing the big trade shows and conventions is certainly still big business and relevant for tourist bureaus (possibly even reaching the break even point on municipal $ponsorship$), but it seems the bigger the CVB the less likely it is to understand the future.


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