Full Sail University detailed plans to build a state-of-the-art esports arena in support of Armada, the university’s collegiate level varsity esports team, as well as other professional industry esports initiatives. The 11,200+ square foot facility would be the largest esports arena to date on any college or university campus in the US.
The venue is scheduled to be completed by early 2019. Known as “The Fortress,” the arena will be fully equipped to host collegiate and professional gaming tournaments, live esports streaming events, and will be used to explore activities including drone programming, possibly drone racing, and more. According to the school, the customizable facility can support 1 vs 1 games, as well as 100 esports athletes playing simultaneously, and will include occupancy for over 500, allowing spectators to cheer for games live onsite, while remaining flexible for a host of uses.
In addition to the arena, a separate dedicated practice space for Armada will be housed on the 210+ acre campus and equipped with the latest in gaming technology. Here, student esports athletes will have the opportunity to train for upcoming tournaments both on-campus and on the road, taking part in events across the country and internationally.
“We are excited about these additions to our campus as we continue to strive to make Full Sail the premier destination for students who want to pursue careers in entertainment and media, and specifically, gaming and the various aspects of the live event industry. Whether it be the business aspects of video game and sports management, the information technology behind synchronized gaming within esports, to shoutcasting, live production, game creation, streaming live-casts, and more, there are a multitude of diverse skills and opportunities for our students to explore. In addition, these efforts support our establishment as a leading global destination for students who want to participate in the esports lifestyle as part of their college experience, be it as a top competitive player, a casual player, a social follower and fan of esports, or an individual selected to learn from our industry partners.” said Ken Goldstone, Chief Operating Officer, Full Sail University.