Esports arena in the works near Ohio amusement park

Amusement park operator Cedar Fair Entertainment is planning to build a new 1,500-seat esports arena close to its flagship park in Ohio

SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Amusement park operator Cedar Fair Entertainment plans to add esports to its lineup of roller coasters and water parks.

It wants to build a 1,500-seat esports arena in Ohio for gaming tournaments near Cedar Point, its flagship amusement park in Sandusky, the company announced Thursday.

The Ohio-based amusement park chain hopes to begin construction on the $28 million arena by the end of the year. The company believes it will be a draw for gamers across the Midwest.

Plans call for the arena to have 200 gaming stations and host tournaments year-round beginning in the first half of 2023. It also could be used for concerts and other events, the company said.

The booming esports industry is especially popular among teens and youngers adults, which also is a target audience for the company's 11 amusement parks and four separate water parks across the U.S.

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