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Grossinger Motors Arena To Host ESports Tournament In January

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M. Spencer Green
“League of Legends” has become one of the most popular games for organized team competitions nationwide.";s:

Bloomington-Normal is accustomed to hosting big softball, volleyball, and basketball tournaments. It can now add esports to the list.

Grossinger Motors Arena will host the inaugural Sixty Six Games Esports Tournament on Jan. 12-13, 2019. It’s being organized by the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Bloomington-Normal Sports Commission and several other partners. The title sponsor is State Farm.

“We are excited to present a new event to our community, one that draws a new category of tourists to B-N,” Matt Hawkins, sports marketing manager for the Convention and Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission, said in a statement Wednesday. “The esports tournament marks another great addition to our ever-expanding sports market.”

The event is central Illinois’ first sanctioned, live and in-person "League of Legends" tournament. It will feature three levels of play: college/open, high-school only, and one-on-one.

Other event partners include:

  • Central Illinois Regional Broadband Network
  • PlayNormal Esports
  • District 87
  • Red Raccoon Games
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Metcalf School

More information at SixtySixGames.com.

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Ryan Denham is the digital content director for WGLT.