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North Texas hosting first-ever home match in eSports history; over 9,000 fans to attend

Watch the opening of the new Esports Stadium Arlington

Esports Stadium Arlington, billed as the largest dedicated facility of its kind in North America, begins hosting games on Saturday. ESA expects to have 30 esports events during the first year and then it will grow from there.
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Esports Stadium Arlington, billed as the largest dedicated facility of its kind in North America, begins hosting games on Saturday. ESA expects to have 30 esports events during the first year and then it will grow from there.

The eSports team Dallas Fuel is expected to make history on Saturday and Sunday when they host a two-day festival of Overwatch League competition featuring eight teams and 100 of the best professional gamers in the world playing to a sold-out live crowd of more than 4,500 people each day.

The Overwatch League is the first eSports league to offer city-based team competition, and the Bud Light Homestand Weekend represents the first home game for the Dallas Fuel – and the first home game in league history. All live matches were previously played in a studio in California.

The Dallas Fuel take on the Los Angeles Valiant on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. 

On Sunday at 5:15 p.m., the Fuel face off against in-state rivals the Houston Outlaws.

WHERE: Allen Event Center

200 East Stacy Road

Allen, Texas 75002

WHEN: Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28

Saturday – doors open 10 a.m.

Dallas Fuel vs. Los Angeles Valiant 4:15 p.m.

Sunday – doors open 10:30 a.m.

Dallas Fuel vs. Houston Outlaws at 5:15 p.m.

VISUALS: 4,500+ cheering sports fans packing a sold-out Allen Event Center

ComicCon-style festival, with fans in costume, tailgating and more

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.

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