- A great show.
- Should we expect many more Esports stadiums?
Reigning League of Legends World Champion Edward Gaming has revealed plans to build a new esports stadium in Shanghai. The new home of the LPL team will be called Shanghai International NCC&E (New Cultural and Creative Esports Center). This place is built by EDG, Chaojing Group, also known as SuperGen.
The construction area will be divided into 500,000 square meters, which would create the world’s first new cultural and creative esports city. The space will include two football stadiums, Super e-Sport and Super Show, with a large stage located in the center of the site.
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The Super Showyard is a huge place.
The first hall measures 10,000 square meters and can accommodate 33,000 people. This arena is intended for international competitions and could act as a multifunctional arena for other sports, including concerts.
Super Show consists of 10,000 square meters and three thousand fixed seats. It is a national event. It can be arranged with flexible arms to create multiple types of theaters for small concerts, fashion events, sports like basketball.
The Super Show, which spans 6,000 square meters, will be Edward Gaming’s home ground and features a total of 27,000 retractable seats. This stadium will host all EDG matches and serve as the main esports venue.
The project, to attract esports, is a huge commercial enterprise that includes multiplex cinemas, restaurants, shopping malls, dining halls, sports-themed shops, to name a few. With a total investment of $72.20 million (5 million yuan), SuperGen Arena will become one of the biggest esports companies in the world, if it passes. The entire project will likely exceed $1.4 billion (10 billion yuan). Construction is expected to start in 2023 and the deadline is expected to end in 2025.
Can we expect more stadiums?
There aren’t many places dedicated to esports tournaments anymore, but the landscape is changing. Currently, organizers use existing sports stadiums and convention centers that can be equipped with local networks and modified accordingly.
Nevertheless, the population of gamers is growing exponentially. It went from 193 million in 2019 to 223 million in 2020, a sum that will reap another 70 million until 2023. And that’s just the enthusiasts, so if it were just the gamers casuals and viewers, they would have already made it even bigger. Several big brands and esports organizers have started to realize this, and building the massive LPL property is just the beginning.
The Glytch esports team is thinking hard, with the goal of building 32 esports arenas across the United States over the next decade. Their goal is to promote the use of digital games in the individual public interest like traditional sports, and also to promote a culture of pure art through a centralized infrastructure. A stadium would cost between 55 and 75 million dollars, on a total of 1,220,000 square feet, with 500 to 3,000 seats.
Glytchs company hasn’t had a big sponsor yet, but they have already built a stadium in Los Angeles for the first time: many esports teams and game companies like TSM, Immortals, Cloud 9, Team Liquid and FaZe Clan are founded. Of course, unlike South Korea and China where people are already bumping into a new market for live gamers, this group could still use some help in the West.