NEW YORK EXCELSIOR TO HOST 2020 OVERWATCH LEAGUE MATCHES AT MANHATTAN CENTER’S HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM

NEW YORK EXCELSIOR TO HOST 2020 OVERWATCH LEAGUE MATCHES AT MANHATTAN CENTER’S HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM

NYXL will host its first-ever home matches in New York City during the 2020 Overwatch League season

NEW YORK (August 20, 2019) – The New York Excelsior (NYXL), New York’s first professional esports franchise, announced today that Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom will serve as its home venue for the 2020 Overwatch League season, marking the first time the New York franchise will play an official match in New York City. Owned by Andbox, a subsidiary of Sterling Equities whose properties include the New York Mets, NYXL is one of the founding franchises of the Overwatch League.

Next season, the team will host two “NYXL Homestands” featuring multiple days of Overwatch League competition at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The first homestand, starting on February 8, will also be the season opener of the 2020 Overwatch League season. Tickets for NYXL matches will be available for purchase in limited quantities starting on Wednesday, August 28 at 2020.nyxl.gg.

“Ever since we created NYXL and first joined the Overwatch League two years ago, we’ve had our eyes set on this opportunity to play our first home match in front of our fans in New York City,” said Andbox and NYXL co-founder Scott Wilpon. “New Yorkers are the best sports fans in the world, and we can’t wait to celebrate the start of the 2020 season with thousands of NYXL fans cheering on the team in-person. There’s no question it will be one of the most exciting atmospheres in Overwatch.”

“For decades, Manhattan Center has served as the destination for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests to be a part of some of the most iconic moments in entertainment,” said Markus Karr, President of Manhattan Center. “We’ve hosted numerous gaming events, including the Nintendo World Championship and Red Bull Battlegrounds and are honored to be named the venue for NYXL’s first games in their home city.”

The Overwatch League’s 2020 season will feature 52 homestand weekend events hosted at venues across the world. The 2020 season will begin in February, starting in New York. Teams will play 28 matches over the course of the regular season, facing in-conference opponents twice each and out-of-conference teams once each. The full 2020 schedule is available here.

NYXL is owned and operated by Andbox, the first multi-franchise esports organization to represent New York. Building on New York’s reputation as a creative beacon and contributor to culture at large, Andbox brings together professional esports, digital and live experiences, content and apparel to reimagine the way people experience and express what they love about gaming. In addition to owning NYXL, Andbox owns and operates the New York franchise in Activision-Blizzard’s upcoming Call of Duty esports league.

ABOUT THE NEW YORK EXCELSIOR

The New York Excelsior, or ‘NYXL,’ is the first professional esports team to represent the city of New York. The team is one of 20 franchises in Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League, which launched its inaugural season in January 2018. The team is owned and operated by Andbox, a multi-franchise esports organization that represents New York in the world’s preeminent esports leagues.

ABOUT ANDBOX

Andbox is a multi-franchise esports organization that represents New York in the world’s premier esports leagues. Building on New York’s reputation as a creative beacon and contributor to culture at large, Andbox brings together professional esports, digital and live experiences, content and apparel to reimagine the way people experience and express what they love about gaming. Andbox owns and operates the New York Excelsior (NYXL), New York’s first professional esports team and one of the founding franchises of Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League, as well as the New York franchise in Activision-Blizzard’s upcoming Call of Duty esports league.

ABOUT THE MANHATTAN CENTER

Originally built in 1906 by Oscar Hammerstein, Manhattan Center is the only venue in New York that has multiple premiere event spaces, including the iconic Hammerstein Ballroom, and state-of-the-art TV and audio studios, all within one facility. Conveniently located at 34th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, the historic complex has since become the venue of choice for live musical performances, non-profit events, trade shows, TV/audio recording sessions, and more. Visit mc34.com for more information on Manhattan Center.