Tottenham to cash in on video games
LONDON: Tottenham are hoping to earn up to £3 million (RM17 million) per event at their new stadium by 2019 simply from staging video game tournaments.
Spurs’ executive director Donna-Maria Cullen has confirmed that the club want to bring a wide range of non- football action to their new £800 million home, including lucrative major eSports events.
The stadium, due to open next year or by 2019-20 at the latest, will include a retractable pitch to allow NFL games and concerts, and the club want the new White Hart Lane to become a go-to venue for eSports as the craze takes off in the UK.
eSports are video games played by professionals. Big events regularly attract crowds of 50,000-plus in the US, Germany, Poland and across Asia.
Tickets for major tournaments in the US typically sell for between £20-£100 a head.
Tottenham’s new stadium will be able to hold 60,000 fans for non-sporting events, including a VIP capacity of 8,000.
Spurs could realistically generate up to £2.5 million from ticket sales per event, with 50,000 ‘normal’ tickets at up to £30 and the balance sold as high-priced corporate seats. Tottenham could also generate between £500,000-£1 million per event from sponsorship deals, catering and merchandise sales, plus additional commercial spin-offs.
“The football stadium will be available to watch eSports, which regularly attract crowds of 5060,000 spectators in Korea and the US, and could prove to be another opportunity to monetise the structure,” Cullen told a sports business conference last week.
Manchester City and West Ham are among the Premier League football teams that already have eSports players on their books — people who represent the club at eSports events, playing video games.
An increasing number of sports teams from European football leagues in the Netherlands (Ajax and PSV) and Germany (Schalke) to NBA basketball teams in the USA (Philadelphia 76ers) have eSports teams, hoping to reach the hundreds of millions of fanatical video game players in the world and attract them to follow ‘real’ sport. Daily Mail