[toc]On March 3, Millennial Esports in Neonopolis will unveil its state-of-the-art 15,000-square-foot esports arena.
The arena features 200 stadium-style-seats and a secondary stage that can accommodate another 300 guests with a three-day Halo tournament.
The arena will be open 24/7, and is located at the Neonopolis Mall in downtown Las Vegas, not far from the Fremont Street Experience.
In addition to the arena and hosting live events with a dedicated ESPN-Gameday-style commentary booth, the property will also host viewing parties for major esports events taking place around the globe.
It also features broadcasting studios for esports streamers to make use of when they’re in town.
“Whether it’s PS4 or Xbox or PC, you’re going to be in a really cool environment.
If you’re in town for an event and you’re a YouTuber and you want a good place to stream and don’t want to do it from a hotel room where the internet is iffy, you can go into one of those alcoves and broadcast to your fans.”
Upcoming events at the esports arena
The Halo tournament is a big event in the esports world, as it’s a feeder into the Halo World Championships, the last qualifying event before the World Championships. It will feature a $50,000 prize pool, and the top six teams will qualify for the $1 million Halo World Championship Finals.
Following the kickoff Halo tournament, the arena has scheduled a Madden 17 NFL tournament (sanctioned by EA Sports) that will take place on March 25 and 26.
Igelman told the Las Vegas Sun he expects the facility’s calendar to fill in even more over time.
“We’re building a complete content calendar, and we’re in talks with various publishers that have heard about us and what we’re doing that are looking to utilize our technologies,” Igelman remarked to the Las Vegas Sun.
“We should have multiple events throughout the year, including ones that we put on ourselves, and invitationals.”
Las Vegas’s fascination with esports continues to grow
The new arena at Neonopolis is just one piece of a larger esports puzzle being put together in Las Vegas.
Last year, the Downtown Grand Casino ratcheted up esports in Las Vegas.
Downtown Grand CEO Seth Schorr (who also happens to be on the board of Millennial Esports and involved in the esports arena) opened an esports lounge inside the casino, where it hosts local esports tournaments and contests.
Downtown Grand also accepted the first legal wager on esports in Nevada last year.
MGM opened a dedicated lounge, LEVEL UP, to attract millennials and esports fans.
The lounge hasn’t caught on quite yet, but MGM is still tinkering around with it, recently adding the state’s first skill-based slot machine to the mix, Frogger: Get Hoppin’.
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