The owner of two Toronto eSports teams is building an arena near the CNE
Jul 23, 2020
Jul 23, 2020
In an email to NOW, Paulo Senra, OverActive’s head of communications, confirms the report is valid, but emphasizes that the new venue will not be just an eSports arena. It will also be a spot for concerts and other events, with a capacity that is not currently available at other local venues.
“The plan is to build a premium 7,000-10,000 seat sports and entertainment facility – a venue capacity that is not currently available in the Toronto marketplace,” he says.
“This venue will serve as the future home of our two Toronto eSports franchises. This venue will also attract premium concerts, entertainment and corporate and sporting events to the city and the province.”
The venue will be adjacent to BMO Field and Hotel X in the CNE area. According to the ESPN report, OverActive hired Bob Hunter, the vice-president of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC), to coordinate with government officials on the venue. Hunter has also helped develop other Toronto sports arenas, including Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena and BMO Field.
OverActive Media, the owner of Toronto Defiant and Toronto Ultra, is building the new esports arena adjacent to BMO Field and Hotel X.