Cleveland State University Esports program names Cavs Legion Lair as the home venue for their inaugural season

The team is comprised of 30 players, 12 of which call Cuyahoga County home.

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Cleveland State University Esports today announced that the team will play its inaugural season at Cavs Legion Lair in the Battery Park neighborhood near downtown Cleveland. The over 2,700 square foot venue with views to Edgewater Beach is also home to Cavs Legion Gaming Club (GC), the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and is considered one of the premier esports and gaming facilities in Northeast Ohio.

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This is the first season for the Cleveland State University Esports program. The team is comprised of 30 players, 12 of which call Cuyahoga County home. They will compete in Valorant, Super Smash Brothers, League of Legends, Overwatch, and Rocket League.

"We are thrilled to share a top-tier space with a professional esports organization, a truly differentiating partnership for our emerging program,” said Director of Esports, PJ Farrell. “The access to the Cavs Legion facilities, knowledge, and experience in our first season will dramatically impact our recruitment, training, and competition activities.”

“We are proud to welcome the Vikings esports program to Cavs Legion Lair Lit by TCP to compete in their inaugural season,” said Jonathan Sumers, vice president, of Cavs Legion GC and esports operations. “The Lair was built to be a place for Northeast Ohio to celebrate and enjoy esports and gaming. Having a top local university such as Cleveland State call the Lair home is a major coup for us and adds to the notoriety of the venue being known as one of the premier gaming facilities in the area. Go Vikings!”

“As we set out to deliver a transformational experience for the student-athletes in our brand-new varsity esports program, there could be no better partnership than aligning with Cavs Legion and the Lair, said Cleveland State Director of Athletics, Scott Garrett. “We look forward to the continued growth of an already strong partnership that genuinely benefits the community and one another.”

When the Vikings or Cavs Legion aren’t utilizing the facility, the space is also open to the public for organized gaming competitions, tournaments, birthday parties and events. Features include:

  • Twenty-six gaming stations each featuring pro-level gaming desktops, gaming chairs, SteelSeries peripherals, and more.
  • Centralized within the venue is a two-tier stage designed for a six-versus-six competitive gaming setup. The stage is against the backdrop of a 16-foot-long by 5-feet-high borderless video wall display that has the flexibility for zoned or multi-window layouts.
  • Two sound-proof streaming pods that feature advanced production streaming equipment for around-the-clock content creation.
  • A confessional-booth style content studio featuring an immersive video production backdrop, as well as some of the best broadcast and lighting equipment available to the market.
  • An Everstream internet network capable of download speeds upwards of five gigabytes per second for a zero-lag gaming and streaming experience.

Featured image credit: Cleveland Cavaliers

Evan Dammarell is a sports journalist covering all things Cleveland right off the shores of Lake Erie. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. You can also email him at Did you enjoy this edition of Right Down Euclid? You can get it in your inbox two to three times a week by subscribing here. All it takes is either your Facebook account or email address!


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