Best Esports Arenas of the World
The popularity of esports is so great that it literally broke through the monitor screens and nowadays it conquers new summits: trade centers, sports stadiums and cinemas.
Today, we are going to mention best esports arenas of the world.
One of the most popular esports stadiums of today: the most important events of the Overwatch league take their place exactly here, in Los Angeles. Many teams dream of playing on the Blizzard Arena: if you are there, you have reached many things already and are one step away from victory. Still, this arena does not have too big capacity: it can place only 450 viewers. But matches played inside the arena are always broadcasted online and they gather thousands of fans.
The largest esports arena of Russia: 5000 square meters contain almost 1000 people. It was opened in 2017 on the place of Moscow Cyber Stadium. Yota Arena has a high-quality interior design: there are multiple interiors stylized in colors of different famous games. Fans can find a big shop with topical souvenirs and collectible items for gamers. On usual days, amateur matches take place on Yota Arena: you come and you play and enjoy your time.
Kiev Cybersport Arena
Kiev esports arena opened in 2010 still holds CS:GO events and can contain nearly 3000 people. This is one of the very first esports arenas in the world that pushed other countries to go the same way: they started building stadiums of the same type massively after 2010.
The first event held by the Arena was the Arbalet Arena Female Cup 2010: the CS tournament among female teams was played on the day when the arena first opened its doors for visitors. After that, this stadium also placed events on StarCraft II (WCS), Starladder and Intel Extreme Masters in such disciplines as CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, Quake Live.
CSKA Arena is the newcomer of esports arenas, and the very first serious stadium of this type in Moscow. Its capacity reaches nearly 12000 people. First matches took place in 2016 here, and nowadays this stadium has several serious esports events in its portfolio. For instance, EPICENTER: Moscow in CS:GO and Dota 2. In addition, the arena holds World of Tanks events, and on August 12, 2018 the big League of Legends event final took place here.
The Eastern Europe is one of the popular regions for esports events. “Spodek” in Katowice used to be a hockey stadium and is now turned into the Intel Extreme Masters event platform. IEM place matches in League of Legends and CS:GO. In 2018, the ESL One Katowice event in Dota 2 and IEM Katowice 2018 in CS:GO took place on Spodek Arena, too.
The capacity of this arena is not that big: 11 to 12 thousand people, though there gathered almost 170 000 in 2017 during the Intel Extreme Masters grand final event.
It is the multifunctional sports complex in Los Angeles which can contain 12000 people. Staples Centre became a serious esports arena after holding final events of League of Legends in 2013 and 2016 gathering crowds of their fans. Unfortunately, this complex never placed other events except of LoL tournaments.
This one is located in Seattle, and it is the main place to hold Dota 2 The International during the last couple of years. Fans used to doubt it was a suitable place. They thought the stadium to be too small despite the capacity at 12-15 thousand people.
Still, Valve organized The International 2014-2017 here quite successfully. Like the Staples Centre, Key Arena was the exclusive stadium: only Dota 2 events took place here. Since October 2018, they closed Key Arena for reconstruction, and The International was moved to the Rogers-arena in Vancouver.
Sang-am World Cup Stadium
In 2014, the second biggest Korean sports stadium became the leader of world esports arenas. Its capacity reaches nearly 45000 people. At least, this was the number of tickets sold for the League of Legends finals in 2014. This event confirmed the meaning of Sang-am arena in the history of esports.
And here are some words about future: it is promising. For instance, Canada plans to open their first esports arena in Richmond, BC, in 2019. We’ll wait!