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Bloomington-Normal to host new esports tournament

Bloomington-Normal to host new esports tournament

NORMAL – Grossinger Motors Arena has a new event on its calendar for the upcoming winter.

The Sixty Six Games, a brand new esports tournament, will be coming to Bloomington-Normal on January 12th and 13th, 2019. This event will be hosted by the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (BNACVB), as well as the Bloomington-Normal Sports Commission. Both the Bureau and Sports Commission are partnering up with the event’s title sponsor, State Farm, to host what will be central Illinois’ first ever sanctioned, live and in-person League of Legends Tournament.

The all-day event will feature a college-open tournament, a high-school only tournament, and a separate one-on-one tournament as well. First-place winners for any tournaments will receive $1,000, along with a trophy; while second-place winners will receive $650 and $450 will be given to third-place winners.

Matt Hawkins, the Sports Marketing Manager for the BNACVB, spoke about why he believes this event could be revolutionizing for the tourism and sports marketing field within the Bloomington-Normal community.

“We are excited to present a new event to our community – one that draws a new category of tourists to Bloomington-Normal,” said Hawkins. “The esports tournament marks another great addition to our ever-expanding sports market. In addition, we are thrilled to collaborate with State Farm, and look forward to working together to grow the tournament.”

Additional information on spectator tickets, as well as team registration in the tournament, can be found at sixtysixgames.com.

John Murray contributed to this story.

John Murray

October 9th, 2018

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