The North American-based esports brand Team SoloMid are building a massive, $13 million, 25000 square foot esports training facility in Playa Vista, Los Angeles.
TSM are building a huge new home in Los Angeles, and the rendered photos of it are insane. TSM founder/CEO Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh spoke to LA Times reporter Arash Markazi about the new facility, and revealed the NBA as a major source of inspiration.
“I actually toured the Lakers and Warriors facilities as we thought about our facility,” Reginald told The Times. “What they built was great for basketball players and we wanted to build a similar facility catered for esports players. We want to have the best training environment for our players. We want to make sure our players and staff have everything they need to succeed. Over the next 10-20 years we want to maintain our position as a global esports leader.”
The new facility will feature streaming and gaming room, a fitness studio, a wellness center, coaching rooms, a full-time sports psychologist on site, and more. According to TSM, it will be the largest esports training center in North America, and will be the first esports center to feature both a wellness center and a fitness studio.
Construction is set to begin in September, and the facility is set to open in February 2020.
Per a press release received from Team SoloMid, this facility won't just before a single team or part of the organization. TSM HQ will “house the entire TSM organization and operation.” This means all the players and coaches from all their esports divisions will train there, and all the employees will work in the space.
Team Solomid was founded in 2009 by Reginald and his brother as SoloMid.net, and began competing in 2011 during the first League of Legends competitive season. Since then, the organization has been a mainstay in North American LCS, winning six splits since 2013. They remained in the North American LCS when the league moved to a franchised model in 2018.
Apart from LoL, Team SoloMid has also expanded into Fortnite, Apex Legends, Rocket League, PUBG, Smash Bros, Hearthstone, and Magic: the Gathering. At one point in TSM’s history, thet fielded a Danish CS:GO roster in 2015 that they acquired from Dignitas. The core of that roster would go on to form Astralis, considered one of the best CS:GO teams of all time.
“Having all the players in one space and tracking how they perform, that’s where we can have the largest areas of growth,” Reginald said. “Most esports teams don’t have this. We’re going to take it to a new level.”
Additional details were added to this story from a press release sent by TSM after publication.