More than 4,500 esports fans expected each day in North Texas
First home game for the Dallas Fuel to be broadcast on ESPN2
Tickets to the first-ever home market matches in Overwatch LeagueTM history have sold out. A maximum capacity crowd of 4,500 fans is expected each day at the Dallas Fuel Homestand Weekend, with eight Overwatch League matches being played over two days at the Allen Event Center on April 27-28.
Hosted by the Dallas Fuel franchise, the Dallas Fuel Homestand Weekend is the first of three Overwatch League homestands this season in local markets. Fans with tickets to the event will enjoy a festival-style atmosphere, featuring sponsor activations, a cosplay contest, Overwatch-themed photobooths, exclusive merchandise, and a rare live performance by electronic dance music artist Karma Fields. Tickets are also now on sale for the Official Dallas Fuel Homestand Weekend After Party presented by GameStop.
Overwatch League fans from around the world can stream the matches from the Dallas Fuel Homestand Weekend live on Twitch, the ESPN app, overwatchleague.com, the Overwatch League app, and select international streaming platforms. On Saturday, from 7-9 p.m. CDT ESPN2 will telecast an exclusive two-hour program, featuring a matchup between the Dallas Fuel and Los Angeles Valiant, as well as the Watchpoint post-match show. On Sunday, April 28, fans can watch the final two matches of the weekend—Seoul Dynasty vs. Los Angeles Valiant and a clash of in-state rivals, Dallas Fuel vs. Houston Outlaws—live on Disney XD from 3-7 p.m. CDT.
“We’re excited to make history as Dallas hosts the first home game in Overwatch League history,” said Dallas Fuel owner Mike Rufail. “Homestand Weekend is going to be a great show for fans in North Texas, as many of the world’s top professional players will face off in eight live matches over two days. We’re proud to share this experience with the fans in attendance and the entire community watching around the world.”
Tickets to the Dallas Fuel Homestand Weekend were sold via Ticketmaster and Fevo, an innovative mobile ticketing solution that lets you invite your friends or a group to sit together and pay separately for tickets, while also unlocking exclusive rewards or perks. At sellout capacity, the Dallas Fuel Homestand Weekend will feature the largest crowd to ever spectate a live regular-season Overwatch League match.
“After witnessing the amazing fan and community reaction of playing the 2018 Grand Finals at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, we were excited to take the Overwatch League on the road again in 2019,” said Nate Nanzer, commissioner of the Overwatch League. “We’re thrilled that the Fuel are hosting the first-ever home-market matches. This historic event is a true benchmark on the path to full home and away schedules in 2020.”
For more information, visit dallasfuel.com.
Events and Entertainment
The Dallas Fuel will host a cosplay contest each day for ticketed event attendees. Fans can dress in their favorite Overwatch hero cosplay and enter at a dedicated cosplay station for a chance to win a Dallas Fuel signed player “big head” cutout, Dallas Fuel jersey, gear from CORSAIR, and a Dallas Fuel Homestand Weekend swag pack. Entries will be voted on by popular cosplayers @bindismalls and @frostbitecosplay and the Fan.Guru website and app.
Following the last match each day, fans that purchased a Grandmasters upgrade package will have access to exclusive Overwatch League player autograph signings.
Tickets to the Official Dallas Fuel Homestand After Party presented by GameStop are now available for purchase via Fevo. The after party is open to fans 18+ and will be located at the Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Allen, next door to the Allen Event Center. Tickets are $20. Fans are not required to have purchased a ticket to the Dallas Fuel Homestand Weekend to purchase tickets to the official after party. A limited number of after party tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Karma Fields will play an exclusive set for fans prior to each Dallas Fuel match on Saturday and Sunday, as well as perform for attendees at the after party on Sunday evening. The popular electronic dance music artist combines the sensory experiences of music and projection mapping and the power of AI to deliver a one-of-a-kind performance experience.
Dallas Fuel Homestand Weekend matches will feature top Overwatch League broadcast talent, including the majority of the English language team, which will be onsite.
Caster teams calling matches throughout the weekend, include Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles and Erik “DOA” Lonnquist, Mitch “Uber” Leslie and Matt “Mr X” Morello, Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat and Robert “Hexagrams” Kirkbride, and Wolf “Wolf” Schröder and Seth “Achilios” King. At the Watchpoint desk, Soe Gschwind, Chris “Puckett” Puckett, Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson, and Brennon “Bren” Hook will provide analysis and context.
International viewers tuning in to their respective streaming services will be able to watch the homestand matches with dedicated broadcast talent teams commenting in French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin, and Russian.
Saturday, April 27
*Doors open at 10 a.m. CDT
11 a.m. CDT – Paris Eternal vs. London Spitfire
12:45 p.m. CDT – Hangzhou Spark vs. Chengdu Hunters
2:30 p.m. CDT – Houston Outlaws vs. Seoul Dynasty
4:15 p.m. CDT – Los Angeles Valiant vs. Dallas Fuel
Sunday, April 28
*Doors open at 10:30 a.m. CDT
12 p.m. CDT – Hangzhou Spark vs. Paris Eternal
1:45 p.m. CDT – Chengdu Hunters vs. London Spitfire
3:30 p.m. CDT – Seoul Dynasty vs. Los Angeles Valiant
5:15 p.m. CDT – Houston Outlaws vs. Dallas Fuel
Match times are approximate and subject to change.
Allen Event Center is a versatile sports and event venue located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The venue is a short distance from major transportation hubs at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport and sits among one of the largest mixed-use developments in the U.S. with ample access for fans to hotels, restaurants, retail, and parking.