SANDUSKY, Ohio — Amusement park operator Cedar Fair Entertainment plans to add esports to its lineup of roller coasters and water parks.
The parent company of Carowinds, Schlitterbahn and Knott’s Berry Farm wants to build a 1,500-seat esports arena in Ohio for gaming tournaments near Cedar Point, its flagship amusement park in Sandusky, the company announced Thursday.
The Ohio-based amusement park chain hopes to begin construction on the $28 million arena by the end of the year. The company believes it will be a draw for gamers across the Midwest.
Plans call for the arena to have 200 gaming stations and host tournaments year-round beginning in the first half of 2023. It also could be used for concerts and other events, the company said.
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The building will have locker rooms, a food court and dormitory rooms for esports participants.
The booming esports industry is especially popular among teens and younger adults, a target audience for the company’s 11 amusement parks and four separate water parks across the U.S.
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