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Completion of new eSports arena at SWOSU not expected until Spring 2021

Updated: Apr 30

That's how the new eSports arena at SWOSU is supposed to look like. Photo: Provided.
A prospective visualization of the new eSports arena. Photo: Provided.

By Johannes Becht

News Editor

In January 2020, SWOSU announced the construction of a new eSports arena in the Wellness Center, which was expected to be finished by the Fall 2020 semester. COVID-19, however, has brought those ambitions to a halt.

"COVID-19 did delay construction, so most likely, it will be the Spring 2021 semester before it is finished," Brian Adler, Vice President of Public Relations & Marketing, said upon request by The Southwestern.

The planned eSports arena underlines Southwestern Oklahoma State University's effort to join one of the fastest-growing segments in sports and entertainment by starting a competitive eSports program on the Weatherford campus.

The new arena will have a large renovated space with stadium seating, large digital viewing screens and competitive high-end gaming PCs with direct high-speed internet. The arena, which fits up to 160 people, will have event space where spectators can watch eSports competitions. The program will also feature streaming so students can watch and cheer for SWOSU’s team, regardless of their location.

The eSports arena is not the only project that was expected to be finished by the new semester. The completion of the renovations of the second floor of Al Harris library will likely take until Labor Day. Alma Mater Merc, the new combined bookstore and convenience store in Mann Hall, will probably not open until mid-October, director Ashley Hancock told The Southwestern.

With material from SWOSU Public Relations

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