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E-sports community gaming center to open in downtown Harrisburg

The future LAN Center, 19 S. 3rd St., Harrisburg

Gamers, are you ready?

Construction on a state-of-the-art e-sports facility will be completed this month in downtown Harrisburg.

The LAN Center will be located on S. 3rd St., near Harrisburg University’s new Science Education Center. Professional e-sports team, The Susquehanna Soniqs, envision their facility as a hub for gaming in the area.

“We wanted to build the LAN Center in the middle of downtown Harrisburg so we could give back to the community,” said Susquehanna Soniqs CEO Darren Moore.

The Soniqs, founded in 2018, is one of the area’s only professional e-sports teams and has already won several championships. While the team won’t use the facility for their practices and tournaments, they hope that it’s a place for the Harrisburg community to learn more about and participate in gaming.

Rendering of the LAN Center interior

The center will include gaming set-ups, a retail space and spectator seating for e-sports events. E-sports professionals will also teach workshops and other educational events for the community. Harrisburg University’s e-sports team will utilize the space, as well.

Eventually, the center will be open regularly to the public. Patrons will be able to participate in tournaments, engage in casual play with peers and watch games as spectators. Moore expects that to happen by the fall.

“We really wanted to give people a space where they could come, play and learn,” he said. “It’s about getting everybody involved.”

For more information about the Susquehanna Soniqs, visit their website.

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