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Hall of Fame Village Welcomes College Esports with Great Lakes Esports Conference Championship


CANTON, OHIOMarch 19, 2024Hall of Fame Village is excited to announce its collaboration with Game Arena to host the Great Lakes Esports Conference (GLEC) Championship at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on April 12 and 13, 2024.

Founded in 2019, the Great Lakes Esports Conference is a collegiate esports league dedicated to universities in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Representing 24 member universities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, the GLEC recently expanded to include Saint Xavier University, Muskingum University, Cleveland State University, and Heidelberg University.

Michael Crawford, President & CEO at Hall of Fame Village, expressed, “Welcoming the GLEC Championship aligns perfectly with our objective of drawing high school and collegiate associations to our venue for their competitions while offering an unparalleled backdrop for these competitors to enjoy! This partnership reflects our ongoing commitment to expand our Gaming Vertical and develop high-quality esports programs.”

Game Arena, a Columbus-based esports LAN facility and equipment provider, has taken over the direction of the GLEC, foreseeing future expansions in the years to come. Justin Kogge, CEO of Game Arena, commented, "The Great Lakes Esports Conference exemplifies the influence and excitement surrounding collegiate esports. We take pride in bringing the GLEC to the one-of-a-kind venue that is the Hall of Fame Village."

The GLEC Championship promises an electrifying showcase featuring competitions across popular esports titles such as League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Open to the public, the GLEC Championship invites spectators to experience the excitement firsthand, with tickets available both at the door and online for $15. For more information on the GLEC, please visit


About Hall of Fame Village (HOFV):

Hall of Fame Village, a division of Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, is a 100-acre immersive sports and entertainment destination centered around the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The Village is dedicated to making every experience one-of-a-kind for fans throughout its six venues—Center for Performance, Constellation Center for Excellence, Fan Engagement Zone, ForeverLawn Sports Complex, Play-Action Plaza, and Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. An indoor football-themed waterpark and Hilton Tapestry Hotel are also under construction. For more information, visit

About Game Arena:

Game Arena is a premier gaming lounge and entertainment hub at the heart of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Boasting over 40 high-end gaming PCs, next-gen consoles, a polycade, and cutting-edge racing simulators. Game Arena produces and orchestrates professional-grade tournaments and top-tier productions, across Ohio and the Midwest. Learn more at


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