Tiffin University broke ground on April 17 on a new state-of-the-art esports facility next to the Heminger Center on Miami St.
The facility will be 4,000 square feet, making it the largest collegiate esports arena in the nation. It will house 15 top of the line computer systems with dual monitors and 5 console stations. Each computer system will also have dxRacer Gaming chairs and Razer keyboards, headsets, and mice along with dedicated internet lines.
Demand for the program has been strong, with student gamers already practicing in a temporary gaming space.
"This complex will house a state-of-the-art eSports training room as well as a gaming lounge for all TU students to enjoy," said TU President Dr. Lillian Schumacher.
Two TU faculty members Steve Borawski and Dr. Michael Kidd are the champions for developing this program and are working directly with TU's Athletic Director Lonny Allen. Chalin Cahlik is the Head Coach and has begun to train students.
"This program takes gaming to the next level," said eSports Coordinator Michael Kidd. "Tiffin University has identified eSports as an untapped area of student interest to embrace, and has created an innovative program that will attract gamers from around the world."
"Parents may have thought that all those hours their kids spent playing video games was wasted, but they may have been training to be the next generation of athletes," Borawski said. "Just like the all-star football or baseball player, Tiffin University recognizes that today's college bound students are changing. This one-of-a-kind program will combine eSports with TU's high quality academic programs offering numerous scholarship opportunities. Tiffin's digital athletes will be held to the same high academic standards as all student athletes."