Earlier this week, the Adelaide Crows announced their intention to build a high performance centre exclusively for esports. Days later, the Sydney Cricket Ground went one step further by opening the doors to a centre of their own.
The SCG Trust launched the centre in conjunction with local esports organisation Dire Wolves (pictured). Part of the centre's foundation involves a partnership with the University of Technology in Sydney, whose sport science faculty are based in the same precinct.
According to a post on the SCG website, the plan is for the centre to serve as a base for local and international teams to train. "The men's and mixed gender Esports outfits will be embedded alongside to the SCG Trust’s traditional sports partners including the Sydney Swans, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Roosters, Sydney FC, Cricket NSW, Rugby Australia, AFL NSW, NRL and the NSW Waratahs," the SCG Trust said.
The centre's announcement comes not long after the Adelaide Crows announced plans to build their own high performance centre for esports, based at the club's headquarters in Adelaide.
Earlier this year the Adelaide Crows AFL club made waves by becoming the first major Australian sporting organisation to buy into esports, via the acquisition of Legacy Esports. And later today, they took another first step for the industry. by building a high performance centre exclusively for esports.
Having a centre located so centrally to the Sydney city, however, means that Dire Wolves - and other teams in time - will be able to leverage and apply knowledge from performance experts in other fields. It'll also be useful down the road with the upcoming growth of Australian esports, marked in part by Gfinity's planned city-based Australian league, and ScreenPLAY's proposed esports league.