Inside Full Sail University’s ‘The Fortress’ — the Largest College Esports Arena in the U.S. – SVG News
The facility will be home to the Armada collegiate team and third-party events
One year after launching its own collegiate esports team, Full Sail University is kicking its esports-production efforts into high gear with the launch of a $6 million, 11,200-sq.-ft. esports arena next week. Dubbed “The Fortress,” the new facility is the largest gaming arena on a U.S. college campus and can seat up to 500 fans. It not only will serve as home to Armada, Full Sail’s collegiate esports team, but will also be used for a variety of third-party gaming events, collegiate tournaments, live-streamed esports competitions, and live concerts.
“Full Sail has a unique ecosystem, in which students are intimately involved in our live productions. In addition, gaming is very much a part of our culture here through our game-design and -development [programs],” says Vince Lepore, director, event technical operations, Full Sail University. “I think Full Sail is uniquely positioned to be a leader in esports. We are already a leader in a lot of the elements that go into esports production, so it just seemed like a natural fit for us.”