Contract signed for 4,000-seat arena and esports academy in Dundee, UK

WCN Editorial Team 9 Sep 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Northern Lights Arena Europe Limited (NLAE) and Dundee City Council have signed an 18-month agreement that will allow NLAE to take forward the design concepts for the 4,000-seat arena and esports academy on Dundee's Waterfront in the UK.

To be situated near the V&A Dundee next to the Tay Road Bridge, the arena will offer educational, economic, entertainment and employment opportunities for Dundee.

Furthermore, it would feature an esports academy for further and higher education as well as conventional leisure, indoor sporting events, retail and live/workspace.

NLAE and Abertay University are already working closely to maximise the educational benefits of the project.

The university, as part of the project, aims to develop several degree courses associated with the global e-sports job market, enabling the students to gain access to facilities within the arena complex.

Dundee & Angus College, the local college partner of Abertay University, would also be part of the project.

Abertay University professor Gregor White said: “We are delighted to be involved in bringing forward this exciting partnership-led development for Dundee, which has the potential to make a significant contribution to the future development of Scotland’s digital economy."

Nottingham Trent University’s Creative Technology faculty, Confetti will design the facilities and technical infrastructure for the arena and academic campus.

Amazon Web Services and Vital Energi, a low-carbon energy provider, will also be part of the project.

NLAE CEO Chris Turner said: "We are delighted to be able to announce Dundee as the first of several multi-million-pound projects that the NLAE team is working on.

"We have been impressed with the forward-looking approach of Dundee City Council and their ambition to have a world-class public space at the heart of Dundee.

"NLAE is working with global technology partners, including Amazon Web Services, to provide unparalleled facilities and experiences. NLAE is working with Vital Energi to develop and deliver a low carbon energy solution for all NLAE projects and other local customers in Dundee City Centre.”

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NLAE signs contract for 4,000-seat arena and esports academy on Dundee's Waterfront. (Credit: Abertay University)

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