Belong Gaming Arenas opened its doors to its newest esports and gaming center in Franklin, Tennessee at CoolSprings Galleria. The Franklin Arena will serve as a home to the Middle Tennessee gaming community, who can come together to watch, play, and compete in their favorite game titles on top-of-the-line gaming equipment, as well as try out for the city’s local esports team. The arena features gaming PCs, equipment, next-generation consoles, and several TVs. It also includes seating areas, and much more to accommodate community watch parties for esports tournaments and events.
“Esports and gaming fosters connection, and Belong champions these communities and allows them to flourish,” said Martyn Gibbs, CEO of Belong Gaming Arenas. “Nashville has developed an incredible gaming scene and we can’t wait to provide a home for the Middle Tennessee gaming community to continue growing.”
Belong’s Franklin Arena will serve as the home field of the Franklin Phantoms, the city’s local amateur esports team, who will represent their hometown as they compete in organized tournaments, leagues, and scrimmages against other teams across the Belong Arena network. Competitive programming will be provided by Belong’s sister company Esports Engine, operator of the world’s top esports leagues, to establish a local amateur esports ecosystem and talent development pipeline in Nashville, and across the country.
Belong’s Franklin Arena is the company’s fourth U.S.-based location, joining its Pearland, Texas; Polaris, Ohio; and Grapevine, Texas Arenas stateside, as well as its existing network of 27 locations in the United Kingdom. Additional U.S. venues will open in Chicago, Illinois, and more locations in the coming months, as Vindex executes its plan to establish 300 esports and gaming centers in the U.S. over the next several years.
(All information was provided by Williamson Source)
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