OverActive Media, the owner of the Overwatch League team Toronto Defiant and Call of Duty League team Toronto Ultra, is planning to build a 7,000- to 10,000 seat esports arena to serve as the home base for their teams. This was based on a memo passed on to the Canadian government from OverActive CEO Chris Overholt according to ESPN.
The arena will be next to MO Field and Hotel X Toronto, and coordination works have been delegated to Bob Hunter, the former Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment vice president, who has been hired by OverActive for this task. Bob has quite a lot of experience in similar projects, having worked on B.C. Place Stadium, Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena and BMO Field previously.
The arena deal was negotiated by the Kimel family (majority owners of OverActive Media) and Henry Kallan, owner of the Library Hotel Collection (including Hotel X Toronto).
According to ESPN we can expect more similar projects in the near future:
“The new venue will be one of several being built as part of investments in the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League, both which were set to play games in home markets for the majority of the year prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other developments include Fusion Arena, a new part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex built by Philadelphia Flyers and Fusion owner Comcast Spectacor, as well as a new esports facility under construction inside of SoFi Stadium, the new home of the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, California. The Kroenke family, who own the Rams, also own the Los Angeles Gladiators and Los Angeles Guerrillas.”