Saint Leo University unveiled a 12-station Esports Arena at the university’s residential campus in Pasco County. The new arena will serve as the home to the university’s new esports team. When not in use by the team, the arena is available to other students for their recreation, and is conveniently located in one of the suite-style apartment buildings on campus.
“The popularity of esports is rapidly growing across the nation, and I think this is just a great opportunity for Saint Leo’s students to compete and have fun,” University President Jeffrey Senese said. “I wanted to offer our students a wonderful place to practice and compete in, and this arena fits the bill. Higher education has looked to gamification as a way to teach, and esports is offering our students opportunities to learn and grow. They will work together as a team and as individuals. It’s also a great way to showcase Saint Leo’s computer science and cybersecurity programs. We’re excited to launch this great new club sport and arena.”
Saint Leo’s esports team is a school-sponsored and funded club sport that fields competitive, multiplayer teams in various leagues. The university’s gaming stations will stream to four big-screen TVs in the lobby area of the apartment-building where the arena is located so that an audience of 100 or more can gather and watch. In addition, the team has a Twitch profile so that matches will be streamed via Twitch and people around the world can access the Lions’ play. The opening of the arena has already attracted feature coverage from some of the local television broadcast stations in Tampa.