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Contact: Ryan Hughes, Managing Partner,, (203) 979-4232

First-of-its-kind Esports and Training Facility Coming to Overland Park

OVERLAND PARK, KAN., April 6, 2021 - LEVELUP Esports Arena (“LEVELUP”) is opening the third largest esports venue in the USA and the only one with a dedicated education program - Esports Forge Foundation on Friday, April 9, 2021. Located in Rosana Square at 7300 West 119th Street in Overland Park, this will be the largest video gaming and esports venue in the Midwest.

LEVELUP is hosting an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 at its 15,000+ square feet facility. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Governor Laura Kelly and several other state and local officials are invited. Come get the first look at this unique, new, and one-of-a-kind entertainment experience all under one roof.

“There is not another esports venue like this in the country. We are so excited to bring this concept to fruition for the community of Overland Park. There is truly going to be something for every member of the family to enjoy,” said Ryan Hughes, Managing Partner at LEVELUP Esports Arena.

LEVELUP will facilitate several esports educational programs focused on developing aspiring esports players and future esports professionals' skills. K-12 after-school programs, youth league play, and several boot camp training events will be provided throughout the year. With over 180 colleges providing esports scholarships across the country, it is becoming a viable career path for youth to pursue and one we need to encourage and embrace as a community.

“We want to make LEVELUP Esports Arena the ultimate ‘home away from home’ for everyone from casual to competitive gamers, esports fanatics, families, and the after-work crowds. LEVELUP Esports Arena will feature the best video gaming experiences, with the best tech, fastest internet, a full calendar of events and tournaments, and top tier educational programming,” said Joshua Garr, CEO at LEVELUP Esports Arena.

Set inside the 30,000 square foot Gametime District at Rosana Square, LEVELUP will have its own separate entrance while still being accessible through a connected patio.

This multi-purpose entertainment space will feature:

  • Purpose-built, dedicated esports arena with 100 gaming PCs
  • Esports “sports” bar to complement arena
  • Broadcast and production facilities
  • Two dedicated streamer studios
  • Dedicated area for RPG and tabletop gaming
  • Professional esports boot camp rooms & training facilities
  • Casual console gaming suites throughout the venue
  • Full-service restaurant and bar
  • Merchandise store with esports apparel and tech

LEVELUP plans to expand and build multiple LEVELUP Esports Arena locations in Florida and New York using this location as the model with top-tier tech and facilities in the coming years.

About LEVELUP Esports Arena: LEVELUP Esports Arena is the 3rd largest esports venue in the USA and the only one with a dedicated education program. It is home to Gametime Bar & Grill, Vivo Music Venue, and EXP Bar in Overland Park, KS. Focusing on entertainment for the whole family and serving food lovers, beer lovers, music lovers, game lovers, and beyond.

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