Esports arenas are coming soon to your campus: The planning factors you need to know

Christopher Chivetta, PE, LEED AP BD+C
President & Managing Principal
Hastings+Chivetta Architects, Inc.

William Schenck, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Assoc, Project Designer
Hastings+Chivetta Architects, Inc.

Universities are ramping up facility investments and recruiting efforts for the next sports craze – esports – to boost institutional reputation, create leading-edge new academic programs, and promote (surprisingly) student wellness. Competing for space on campus are esports arenas packed with state-of-the-art equipment like virtual reality headsets and high-performance gaming computers, hefty monitors, and thematic lighting. Chris Chivetta and Will Schenck survey recent esports facility initiatives at leading institutions and detail five high-priority planning issues that must be considered.  They will also illustrate an array of space funding and program ownership solutions, space and equipment configurations, infrastructure requirements, and desirable adjacencies.

Session Identifier: 
Forum I
Occurs: 
Monday, May 4, 2020 - 2:20pm-3:15pm
Continuing Education
AIA CES Units: 
1.00
HSW Units: 
1.00