Mayor, city councilors pushing for professional esports arena in Broken Arrow

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond says he and city councilors are pushing for the city’s next major project to be an esports arena.

Thurmond says he’s hoping to bring in professional esports teams with it and embrace the rapid growth of the gaming industry, which he says is the most-watched sport behind the NFL.

The mayor has been working with the city manager to get the survey for the arena on Tuesday’s city council agenda so they can start collecting data and information to come up with their next steps.

Broken Arrow High School esports coach Tyler Utt told FOX23 that he is excited for the project because no one expected the industry to grow this big this fast.

Utt says bringing a professional esports arena to town would put Oklahoma on the map, and allow professionals to scout gamers in the area.

According to the Oklahoma ESports League, there are 28 high schools in the state with an esports team.

Here is a list of colleges and universities in the state that have esports teams:

  • Carl Albert University
  • Oklahoma City University
  • Rogers State University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State University
  • East Central University
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • Southern Nazarene University