New Esports Team Set For The Bend
South Bend Lions to partner with Bendix Arena as they extend into gaming
South Bend, IN (June 17, 2020) — With the opening of the impressive Bendix Arena scheduled for later this year, enthusiasts of esports in South Bend will soon have another reason to get excited.
The ownership group behind South Bend Lions Football Club will be launching their own esports team in the Fall, providing structure and opportunities for local gamers to develop their skills and represent South Bend in competition.
In addition, the new team will form an alliance that will raise the profile of the revamped 600-seat arena at the Century Center, which also includes a state-of-the-art LAN café.
Ritchie Jeune, South Bend Lions Esports co-owner, said: “Launching an esports team in year two was always our intention when we came to South Bend — we had just anticipated doing it on the back of a successful first season for the soccer club.
“As soon as the season was canceled, we’ve been able to pivot and that has allowed us to focus on bringing forward our plans to get going with esports. We will aim to establish the same culture of being a community and fun-focused organization in esports and deliver support and pathways for local talent.
“The Bendix Arena is going to be a fantastic facility. We look forward to working closely with Jeff and his team to collectively deliver on the vision of taking esports to another level in the region.”
Jeff Jarnecke, City of South Bend Executive Director of Venues, said: “This is a mutually beneficial partnership that we are very enthusiastic about. This will help both parties establish a stronger foothold for esports in the local community, and along with our relationship with Bethel University, it adds further credibility to our vision to create the premier esports facility in the Midwest and another compelling reason to visit South Bend.
“With the upgrade nearing completion, we are looking forward to welcoming our first visitors later this year, and to establishing a prosperous relationship with South Bend Lions Esports in their new home.”
Chris Rivett, South Bend Lions Esports co-owner, said: “We would like to invite gamers in the area, who are interested in understanding more, to contact us. We intend to begin with a focus on fielding teams in two games and will grow our roster sensibly from that point, based on demand and progress.
“Once again, we’d like to thank the city officials who have been supportive of the conversation to this point. We know there is a lot of work that lies ahead, in uncertain times, to make this a success, but we are looking forward to tackling that challenge and delivering something everyone associated with it can be proud of.”
Please visit Lions.gg for further updates and to register your interest in representing the team. You can connect with the club by following @SBNLions on social media and twitch.