The long-awaited opening of Esports Arena Las Vegas, located in the former LAX Nightclub at the Luxor took place on Thursday, March 22 It is The Strip’s first dedicated esports facility and Allied Esports flagship location.
Chief Executive Officer for Allied Esports, Jud Hannigan, said that Las Vegas has a history of gaming, “From all the latest games, all the way to Pong, Pac-Man and other all-time greats,” as reported by Vegas Inc.
A partnership between MGM Resorts International and Allied Esports, the 30,000-square-foot complex is located on the casino floor directly next to Flight Bar and consists of the Main Hall, The Dome and the Front Lobby.
The Main Hall appropriately features the main competition stage, a two-story video wall where games are displayed, gaming stations, two bars, upper and lower-level VIP rooms, and production facilities. An interactive area, The Dome features retro games along with a 360-degree video board. Additional gaming stations are home at the Front Lobby, where guests can also find a streaming booth and a virtual reality experience.
One of six other Esports Arena facilities in the Allied Esports International’s portfolio, Las Vegas was chosen for its destination city status and will play host to larger events culminating from events that take place throughout the year at the other five locations.
“Las Vegas has so much potential when it comes to esports events. It’s such a great destination market, where we’re going to harness the power of Las Vegas,” said Hannigan. “We run events that are all going to lead here. So, it’s bigger than, ‘Hey this is our arena in Las Vegas’ — this is our championship destination.”
The venue will host more than just traditional esports, however, with the arena to play host to a World Poker Tour event final table. While esports is the focus, Hannigan said the space “will lend itself to a lot of unique and fun activities,” according to Vegas Inc.
Open daily from 11am to 2am, entry to Esports Arena Las Vegas is free, with all-day gaming passes running $25 per person, according to the Luxor website.