The three-day festival, held last month, was set in the sprawling expo hall at the Austin Convention Center and showcased esports tournaments, the latest gaming and tech gear, cosplay, non-gaming events and much more.
The UT Arlington Esports organization, which travels throughout Texas and beyond for esports events, attended DreamHack in Austin to compete in tournaments such as Hearthstone, Starcraft, and League of Legends. But the UTA players will soon be able to square off with competitors at a state-of-the-art esports arena much closer to home.
The City of Arlington’s $10 million esports stadium is set to open this November in the Entertainment District, which is just 2 miles north of Downtown Arlington. The 100,000-square-foot stadium, with seating for up to 2,000 spectators, will be the largest and most flexible esports stadium in the country. The City is remodeling the Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way, to feature a Competition Arena, Esports Gallery and Production Studio for live events and video content creation.
Patrick Smiley, past president of UT Arlington Esports who attended DreamHack, expressed his excitement for Arlington’s new esports stadium as “a great contribution and push for competitive and casual gaming into a more mainstream light …”