Cavs’ esports facility has a new title sponsor, will host Cleveland youth multiple days per week

January 31, 2020

The Cavs’ esports facility in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood has a new title sponsor and an intriguing partnership with the city of Cleveland.

The center, which encompasses more than 2,700 square feet, opened for business on Thursday, Nov. 21. A partnership with TCP, a lighting manufacturer whose North American headquarters is in Aurora, has resulted in the facility being dubbed Legion Lair Lit by TCP.

The center is home to the Cavs Legion Gaming Club, which is entering its third season in the NBA 2K League. The facility features 26 gaming stations, a two-tier stage designed for six-on-six competitive gaming, two soundproof streaming pods and a small content studio.

And soon, it will have plenty of young visitors.

The Cavs, in collaboration with the city, are launching the Cleveland Rec Esports Club. The after-school program will include 25 youth gamers between the ages of 14 and 18.

The teenagers will gather at the facility at least a couple times per week, with transportation coordinated by Cleveland’s recreation centers. The young gamers will compete in weekly NBA 2K and Rocket League competitions, each of which will have a coach, and be introduced to career opportunities in the growing esports industry.

The Cavs will bring in “pros from across the spectrum of the gaming landscape” to work with the club, Jonathan Sumers, the Cavs’ senior director of digital partnerships and esports operations, told Crain’s.

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