eSports arena in Oakland, CA forced to permanently close
The coronavirus has forced the eSports center to shut its doors
Just a couple of days after several eSports arenas announced that they would reopen their doors for gamers, one of the venues has decided to close down permanently. The bad news comes from Esports Arena Oakland in California, which has issued a press release to communicate the decision. Apparently, besides the coronavirus pandemic that still has cases on the rise, the operator is having a hard time affording to stay in the city for a few other reasons.
“Due to unfortunate circumstances, Esports Arena Oakland will not be reopening, and we will be closing our doors permanently,” said the arena in a tweet. “We can’t thank you all enough and will never forget all the events, weeklies and communities who competed inside our doors.” The venue was closed back in March due to the pandemic that is definitely not over yet – cases seem to be rising up. On top of that, the ongoing civil protests in California, combined with the ever-high operating costs in the Golden State have caused Esports Arena Oakland to be unable to afford to stay open after three years in business.
The post by Oakland’s arena also redirects gamers to the Roseville Esports Arena location as the closest one. This location, along with the Spokane Valley arena, is scheduled to reopen soon, on July 2. This decision follows up the other venues in Orlando, Kansas City, Detroit, Scottdale, Cincinnati, Raleigh, Nashville, Austin and Chicago, which opened their doors this past weekend. All arenas will follow the established protocols to avoid the virus from spreading, including the implementation of clean stations, social distancing requirements and hand sanitizer availability, among others.