A new arena is set to be developed at São Paulo’s Estádio do Pacaembu that organisers state will become the “Mecca of esports” in Brazil.
The development comes as a result of a partnership signed between stadium operator Allegra Pacaembu and BBL, an entertainment company focused on esports. The arena is set to target the battle royale genre of esports and will reportedly be the biggest facility of its type in the world.
The Pacaembu Esports Arena will be located below the stadium’s orange grandstand, which will be rebuilt to accommodate the facility with delivery set for the 27th of April, 2023 – the stadium’s 83rd birthday. Before this point, a temporary arena will be established and will open on the 21st of April next year.
Pacaembu Esports Arena will be able to seat 2,000 fans and will incorporate 482 square metres of LED panels, allowing multiple and simultaneous contests. The project is expected to cost in excess of USD 17 million.
Estádio do Pacaembu hosts home games for the State of São Paulo’s big four football clubs – São Paulo, Corinthians, Palmeiras and Santos. It will continue to serve as a football venue, with the new development designed to enhance its multi-purpose remit.