A ribbon cutting ceremony was held inside the Spurlock Center at Franklin College to celebrate the opening of its esports arena. (photo courtesy of Ryan Thomas/Franklin College)

Franklin College has unveiled its new esports arena. The college says gamers will be able to play full seasons of multiple games from the arena this spring.

The college held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the arena.

“The world of esports and competitive gaming is expanding very quickly,” said Director of Athletics Andrew Hendricks. “Franklin College is proud to have entered this market early, and we are already seeing results. The program is appealing to new prospective students, and our teams are being exposed to a wide breadth of opportunities that parallel the gaming industry. This new arena gives our teams a competitive advantage over many programs by providing a dedicated space to compete, strategize, and collaborate while also building positive relationships with one another. We are grateful to those who helped dream this idea and provide the necessary funding to make it a reality.”

Franklin’s esports program was first announced last year. The college says students spent the fall season competing against other colleges in various campus locations, taking part in a full Rocket League season while the arena was under construction.