Carolina Gaming Arena, the University of North Carolina ’s (UNC) first esports facility, was recently completed in March.
The gaming arena is housed in the lowest level of Craige Hall, which is centrally located on UNC’s campus. At night, the glow of the space spills across the adjacent lawn, acting as a natural advertisement of the space to many students passing by one of the campus’s main thoroughfares.
Carolina Gaming Arena includes 36 PC stations and three game console zones. A 16-foot gaming wall comprised of screens is located on one wall, with a viewing area positioned nearby for gamers to watch and cheer on their teammates.
Upon entering the arena, which is free to all student users, players head to a check-in station where they are provided with the status of availability, progress of current games, and to check leaderboards. A virtual concierge appears on one of the 7-foot vertical screens mounted on columns will be available to help new gamers.
Clark Nexsen provided architecture, MEP, and fire protection for the arena. Troy Hutchins Construction built the project.