Glytch, the professional esports stadium company, today announced Columbus, Ohio, as the second official site for its large-scale esports stadiums.
The new Ohio Stadium will be a location-based entertainment and broadcasting studio. Significantly, the Glytch Esports Stadium will reach a size of more than 100,000 square feet with stadium seating for up to 2,000 esports fans.
The stadium will be built in partnership with a group of organizations including the Buckeye Group, Populous, and Scenario.
Ohio has a booming esports fan base. We are proud to be serving the Buckeye State with a true, professional esports stadiumMichael Williams, Chief Visionary Officer for Glytch
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The Columbus location joins Los Angeles, California, as part of Glytch’s mission to build 32 esports stadiums across the U.S. and Canada over the next seven years. Moreover, the company intends to have each esports stadium to serve as the official home venue of a professional esports team.
“Ohio has a booming esports fan base. We are proud to be serving the Buckeye State with a true, professional esports stadium,” said Michael Williams, Chief Visionary Officer for Glytch. “We firmly believe this is the next step in esports. Instead of hosting every major esports league and all the teams in Los Angeles, we believe in regional stadiums with local teams. We want everyone across the country to enjoy what this phenomenon has to offer.”
In essence, Glytch is eager to engage with the active esports and gaming community in the metro Columbus area. The goal is to partner with game publishers, developers, producers, and collegiate organizations.
“As a huge Ohio fan, it’s incredibly important to our state that we bring innovative companies like Glytch to provide an interactive and immersive experience for the gaming community,” said Billy Goldberg, CEO of the Buckeye Group. “It’s such a validation to Columbus to bring Glytch to our neighborhood.”
Glytch plans to officially break ground on the new venue in spring 2023. The stadium is slated to open within the 2024-25 timeframe.
Glytch is embracing the future of digital sports by opening 32 esports stadiums across the U.S. and Canada over the next seven years. Each stadium will be the official home of an internationally-recognized, professional esports team. However, the esports stadiums will also be versatile enough to host concerts, comedies, town halls, and TED Talks, as examples. In addition, they will also feature location-based entertainment to offer an immersive experience across gaming, VR, food, and beverage.
Moreover, these esports stadiums will also become broadcast centers to create and own original content to drive engagement. Glytch has attracted a blue-chip line-up of investors including Joe Montana, Kevin Lin, and Jon Burton. Simultaneously, the company has secured numerous strategic partners including Legends, Populous, ASM Global, Cisco, and Scenario. Glytch is also developing hardware and accessories that offer solutions for its venues.