Live professional esports is coming to Rogers Arena in 2020.
Last July, the Overwatch League (OWL) announced that its 20 teams would move to a home and away format. This means that the Vancouver Titans will play in Vancouver for the first time in 2020.
“Homestand weekends,” as OWL is calling them, are two-day events that take place in the host team’s respective city, with matches against other teams. Previously, all OWL teams (including the Titans) played a majority of their matches at Blizzard Arena in the Los Angeles area.
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In addition, to live professional esports, fans can expect day-long events and plenty of activations.
“Homestands are going to have a party-like atmosphere,” said Tim Holloway, Director of Esports at Aquilini Entertainment, in a conversation with Daily Hive. “We’re planning on having live music activations with DJs, as well as family-friendly activations.”
The Titans will host two homestand weekends, taking place on May 16 to 17 and July 4 to 5.
Tickets for the first homestand weekend recently went on sale, with weekend passes ranging in price from $80 to $350. About half of Rogers Arena’s lower bowl will be open for fans, in addition to floor seats.
Passes give access to all of the weekend games as well as additional perks for higher tiers. The VIP pass, for example, includes an exclusive invite to a Titans after-party, a discount on merchandise at Rogers Arena, in-seat food service, and free underground parking.
Single-day tickets aren’t available at this time, but according to the Vancouver Titans, may be offered at a later date.