Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood will soon be home to a new $30 million esports arena.
The neighborhood – historically known as the Black Metropolis – is the heart of African American culture in Chicago. And soon it will also be known for its connection to esports as the 108,000 square-foot Surge arena looks to attract investment to the area. In addition to the arena, the complex also aims to include restaurants and office space.
The Illinois Institute of Technology’s Kaplan Institute looks to highlight the arena as part of a free event planned for August 20, 2021. The new sports arena is among the topics. According to the event page, here’s what you can expect:
Programming will take place from 3–9 p.m., including a keynote address, discussions about esports, gaming, immersive technologies, and the upcoming Surge esports venue. There will also be networking opportunities and featured talks and booths that will provide assistance for those who are looking to start an esports program. The event will finish with a “stay and play”, which will include an esports tournament and open play area. The games that will be featured include Beat Saber, Minecraft, and Smash Brothers, among others. Prizes will be awarded.
The Kaplan Institute is located at 3137 South Federal Street.