After a long-awaited 19 months, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) celebrated the grand opening of its esports arena on Oct. 8. A ribbon-cutting event marked the official opening to welcome the campus community and to see where esports players hone their gaming skills and compete against varsity-level opponents across the U.S. and Canada.
The state-of-the-art facility is equipped with broadcasting and streaming capabilities and 18 high-end gaming PCs. The grand opening was originally scheduled to take place in March 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The excitement only grew over those months of waiting, making the grand opening a much-anticipated event.
“I’ve spent a lot of time over the past two years sitting in this room alone, so I can’t put into words how much it means to see everyone here and to have our players finally competing from our arena,” said Esports Director Tim Fowler, as he welcomed everyone to the event. “In a lot of cases, our players met in person for the first time this year, and I’m excited that we finally have a home.”
“When Tim first introduced the idea of an esports arena, we committed ourselves to learn more about this phenomenon,” said Heather Lorenz, VP of Student Affairs. “It became immediately clear to us that we needed a space like this on campus that would provide