The venue is in Burbank Studios, the space that was used to film “The Tonight Show.”
“We’re at a tipping point for esports and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment,” Blizzard co-founder and CEO Mike Morhaime said in a statement. “As we open the doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the world, we’re honored to bring the best in Blizzard esports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home.”
The venue will have multiple sound stages, control rooms, and practice facilities. The new arena is also designed to support esports events throughout the year, and there will be a Blizzard retail store in the arena that rotates stock for event attendees based on the competitions that take place.
The arena will open to the public Oct. 7–8 with the Overwatch Contenders Season 1 playoffs. The Hearthstone Championship Tour, which begins Oct. 13, will also take place there.
Season 1 of Overwatch League, which is scheduled to begin at an undisclosed time later this year, will also take place in the arena. The participating teams will temporarily relocate to Los Angeles near the arena for the first season of competition and move to their home cities in later seasons.