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Esports Stadium Arlington Opens its Doors Thanksgiving Weekend
By Office of Communication
Posted on October 24, 2018, October 24, 2018

Esports Stadium Arlington, the largest gaming and esports events facility in North America, celebrates its grand opening with FACEIT's Esports Championship Series Season 6 Finals, a $750,000 prize pool Counter Strike tournament. The ECS Season 6 Finals are scheduled to coincide with Thanksgiving Weekend on November 24-25, offering esports and CS:GO enthusiasts a new fan experience to complement the iconic football festivities of the season.

Esports Stadium Arlington, located in the heart of the city's entertainment district, is a $10 million, 100,000 square foot dedicated esports facility built to serve the unique and technologically advanced demands of the esports industry. The Stadium-which was designed by award-winning architectural firm, Populous-features a Competition Showroom with a built in 85ft LED wall that's accompanied by an immersive sound and theatrical lighting system. The broadcast is powered by a first of its kind Production Facility that harbors Grass Valley systems, a dedicated Observer Room, Caster Studio, Data Center and Control Room. Players will be able to stay on top of their game by utilizing the dedicated Team Area which includes 8 "Team Rooms", a space for players to strategize and practice, a "Player Lounge" where players can relax and socialize as well as dedicated rooms for media, staff and talents.

"Arlington is always on the forefront of economic development trends and opportunities," said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. "With Esports Stadium Arlington, we have positioned ourselves as both a national and international leader in the emerging esports industry. I can't wait for people to see this state-of-the-art facility, the largest and most flexible esports stadium in the country. The opportunity to provide jobs combined with growing tourism is phenomenal."

The Esports Championship Series, founded by FACEIT and supported by YouTube, will conclude its sixth season with a four-day Finals event that will see the world's top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) teams compete for the title of ECS Champions and the grand prize of $250,000 USD, the largest piece of the $750,000 USD prize pool for Season 6.

"There was never a doubt that we would want to bring the action and excitement of ECS Season 6 to the Esports Stadium Arlington," said Michele Attisani, CBO and co-founder of FACEIT. "Already the largest esports venue in the United States, it's also extraordinarily innovative and we felt that no other arena could offer the electric combination of fan, team and production resources found at the Esports Stadium Arlington."

"We are extremely excited to have partnered with an amazing city such as Arlington that shares our vision of building a foundation for growth in the competitive gaming ecosystem. By working with FACEIT to host the ECS Season 6 Finals as our inaugural event, we will be able to show the world that our facility truly is one of a kind." says Jonathon Oudthone, President of NGAGE Esports.

"We applied 35 years of creating event venues to bring Esports Stadium Arlington to life, and it will undoubtedly be the place where people will love to gather for esports events," said Brian Mirakian, senior principal at Populous. "The energy in the venue, being able to feel the excitement and pulse of the game and having the ability to powerfully connect players and fans signifies a new era for esports." said Brian Mirakian of Populous.

For more information on Esports Stadium Arlington, follow them on Twitter @esports_stadium or visit their website esportsstadium.gg. Tickets for the ECS Season 6 Finals can be purchased at esarlington.csgoleague.com.

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