Budget and timeline unveiled for ambitious Dundee esports arena

A planned 4,000 capacity esports arena at the Dundee Waterfront is expected to open in 2024 if given the green light with the budget of the project being placed between £40 million and £60m.

A design concept for the arena by Ian Ritchie Architects

Northern Lights Arena Europe Limited (NLAE) has earmarked sites 10 and 11 on the Waterfront plan, to the east of Slessor Gardens, for the future arena which would also host an esports academy for further and higher education, alongside conventional leisure, indoor sporting events, retail and live/workspace.

The company entered into an 18-month exclusivity agreement with Dundee City Council last year which enables it progress initial design concepts and gain strategic advice and expertise regarding the multi-purpose digital arena.

The company has also entered into agreements with Abertay University and Dundee and Angus College to provide facilities to students on esports related courses.

Luc Delany, director of technology and esports for NLEA, has now shared more details of the firm’s vision for the arena.

Speaking at a Built Entertainment Networking webinar yesterday, Mr Delany revealed the budget for the project will sit between £40m-£60m.

The firm hopes it will be completed in 2024.

A design shown when plans were announced in September will not be the final look of the building as Mr Delany said the company was “going back to the drawing board”.

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