Nerd Street Gamers is taking its Localhost esports facility chain to Wells Fargo Center in partnership with Comcast Spectacor, one of its investors.
The installation is said to mark the first time a major sports arena in the United States will house an esports centre.
Localhost Wells Fargo Center will be equipped with professional-grade PC and console gaming stations and will be open before, during, and after events for Wells Fargo Center patrons. The area also features a dedicated separate entrance and will host competitive gaming events in conjunction with event theme nights.
Rob Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of Nerd Street Gamers discussed the venture in a release: “We’re connecting traditional sports and esports for fans because there’s a direct connection between their love for their favorite traditional sports franchises and their love for video games. At the Wells Fargo Center, fans will now have access to the excitement of their favorite teams coupled with the thrill of their favorite games.”
Localhost Wells Fargo Center will be open to fans attending the Overwatch League Grand Finals on Sunday 29th September, with regular opening starting Wednesday 9th October.
Valerie Camillo, President of Business Operations for Wells Fargo Center added: “Through this new gaming space and partnership, we have created another unique destination for our guests within the Wells Fargo Center. We know that many of our fans were first exposed to hockey through video games, so this gaming space will provide a way for fans to show off their skills.”
Nerd Street Gamers currently hosts Localhost venues in Philadelphia, Denver, and Huntington Beach. Furniture company DreamSeat‘s brand Zipchair Gaming was recently named official chair sponsor of Nerd Street Gamers and its Localhost facilities.
Esports Insider says: It’s cool to see that an iconic venue such as the Wells Fargo Center is looking to embrace esports with a Localhost facility. It’s a great way of targeting people who will be attending the sporting events that it hosts and possibly getting them interested in what esports has to offer also.