A proposal for a 7,000-seat, theater-style esports venue in Exhibition Place is going to the Toronto City Council for approval. If the proposal makes it past this committee, the facility would be scheduled for completion in mid-2025.
“I’m excited — excited for the opportunity and what it does for Exhibition Place,” said Don Boyle, CEO of Exhibition Place. “It truly opens up a whole new book of business for us. The 400-room [hotel] tower allows us to compete for the meeting and convention sector of the business that we weren’t able to before. And the addition of the venue allows for keynote speakers — so it’s a real differentiator for us, competing for business with other North American cities.”
The venue would be owned by Library Hotel Collection and be an addition to its Hotel X building at Exhibition Place. It would be co-operated with OverActive Media, an esports and entertainment company.
The venue would also become home to two of OverActive’s esports teams, Toronto Ultra of the Call of Duty League and Toronto Defiant of the Overwatch League. Audiences would be able to watch them compete there, live, throughout the year.
(All information was provided by The Toronto Star)
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