OverActive Media, owners of Toronto Ultra and Defiant, has just revealed plans for a new esports venue. The USD 500 million project plans to host more than 200 events a year; bringing music, entertainment and conventions to the city.
The new venue will feature 7,000 seats and will be located on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds. The venue is projected to open in late spring 2025, with a targeted groundbreaking in 2022.
OverActive chose a theater style over a traditional sports arena, targeting the venue to be home to concerts, awards ceremonies, and other events throughout the year. The theatre’s radial layout, shallow rake of the lower bowl and over 150 linear feet of LED screen across its proscenium opening will create an environment akin to a twenty-first century Radio City Music Hall.
OverActive is working with American architecture firm Populous on the project. That company is responsible for designing hundreds of sports stadiums around the world – including Wembley Stadium and Wimbledon’s Centre Court. Populous is also involved in building the Fusion Arena, a USD 50 million stadium owned by Comcast’s sports division Spectacor that will be home to fellow Overwatch League team the Philadelphia Fusion.