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Populous reveals a monolithic esports and entertainment hub for Toronto

Multinational stadium designer Populous isn’t slowing its rollout of arenas and esports venues despite the ongoing pandemic, today revealing designs for a $500 million convention, entertainment, and esports center in downtown Toronto.

The venue is still unnamed but will sit on 4.5 acres of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) grounds, a waterfront site on the northern edge of Lakeshore Boulevard that would also see a hotel tower rise at the project’s rear. OverActive Media (OAM), an international media and entertainment company that owns both of Toronto’s pro esports teams (the Toronto Defiant of the Overwatch League and the Toronto Ultra of the Call of Duty League, which would call the new stadium home), is serving as the project’s developer.

“The design of the theatre was neither conceived as a sports arena nor an opera house, rather, a new

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