Toronto’s esports world is undergoing a huge makeover. A new $ 500 million entertainment venue, with seating for up to 7,000 fans, is currently planned for an opening in 2025.
OverActive Media, owners of the Overwatch League’s Toronto Defiant and Call of Duty League’s Toronto Ultra, announced plans for the new venue on Monday. The currently unnamed venue, which will be located on a four-acre parcel north of Lakeshore Blvd on Toronto’s 192-acre Exhibition Place grounds, will be the first sports or entertainment venue built in the city since the construction of BMO Field. in 2007.
Take a look at the concept art of the arena, showing how it will look both from the outside and inside.
Toronto Esports Arena Concept Art
OverActive Media says the facility plans to host more than 200 events each year, mostly entertainment and music reservations, while also facilitating conventions, corporate events, award shows and esports competitions. The venue will serve as the home to the Toronto Defiant and Toronto Ultra, but OverActive hopes it will also attract other esports organizations and teams.
“It has always been our intention to develop a venue and accommodation strategy and build a facility that can not only serve as an iconic home for our two franchises, but ultimately emerge as a global hub for major international sports events,” he said OverActive President and CEO Chris Overholt said in a statement: “We are already in active discussions to attract some of the biggest esports events in the world.”
The venue is being designed by Populous, a design firm responsible for work on events such as the London Olympics, the Super Bowl, and Yankee Stadium.
However, the plan for the venue is still in the early stages. The Toronto City Council and the Exhibition Place board of governors have yet to give final approval to the proposal.
“We are in the final stages of joining our trade terms with city officials and we are optimistic that we will soon be able to conclude our discussions to everyone’s satisfaction,” an OverActive spokesperson told the Toronto Star.
Joseph Knoop is a Mercy writer / producer / principal for IGN.