Populous designs esports stadium for Toronto

Architecture studio Populous has unveiled visuals of a multi-purpose arena in Toronto, Canada, designed to be able to host music concerts, plays and esports competitions.

Due to complete in 2025, the 7,000-seat stadium will be located in the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) Grounds.

The as-yet-unnamed Toronto venue will be specially designed to facilitate esports events, short for electronic sports – competitive video gaming as a spectator event.


Populous has designed the stadium so that it can host these events alongside more traditional theatrical events and concerts.

"The design of the theatre was neither conceived as a sports arena nor an opera house, rather, a new typology that straddles the two – a state-of-the-art performance venue," said Populous senior principal Jonathan Mallie

"The theatre architecture creates a merger of the old and the new."



Renders show a covered arena sheltered by a swooping roof that recalls the form of a turtle's shell or a space ship.

Multiple stories are visible behind curved glass walls and an exterior deck projects from one end. Around the rim of the stadium roof, a wide band of screens forms a media facade.

Ref: https://www.dezeen.com/2021/03/01/esports-stadium-toronto-populous/