Oakland’s new Esports Arena will open its doors for the first time this weekend when it hosts a ‘Smash Masters League’ tournament and ‘NOODS NOODS NOODS’ food festival.

The Californian venue is spread across an area of 16,000q ft and will be used to stage weekly league night competitions and high-stakes weekend tournaments, as well as welcome daily play for members.

The Smash Masters League event will be the first official esports contest to take place at the specialist arena, serving as a ‘soft opening’ for the venue on April 7, prior to the site fully opening on April 14.

Smash Masters League is a global circuit for the ‘Super Smash Brothers’ brand, featuring ‘Super Smash Bros.’ for the Wii U and ‘Super Smash Bros. Melee’. The series began in Las Vegas, Nevada, last month and will visit other locations in the US, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Germany and China.

Those in attendance will also have access to the NOODS NOODS NOODS Asian fusion outdoor food festival, presented by Foodbeast and Cup Noodles. Fans will have the option to purchase food as they go or buy an all-you-can-eat ticket.

Tyler Endres, chief executive of Esports Arena, which also has locations Orange County and Las Vegas, said: “We are really excited to bring this concept – an awesome blend of video gaming and food in one day – to Oakland for our inaugural event.

“NOODS will be a great first-look at the unique gaming and entertainment experiences Esports Arena Oakland will have to offer.”

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