MUNCIE — Ball State University will have a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony for its state-of-the-art Esports Center, livestreamed at 4 p.m. Monday, April 5, at bsu.edu/live.
Ball State’s College of Communication, Information and Media is the home of the new Esports program, according to a release. Ball State’s team is one of 12 members of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) to join the newly created independent Esports Collegiate Conference (ESC). The conference fields teams in League of Legends, Rocket League and Overwatch divisions.
The 3,611-square-foot Esports Center located in the Robert Bell Building features:
- State-of-the-art computers available for varsity team and classroom use
- Elevated Gameplay platform accommodating 6 vs. 6 esports competitions
- Stadium seating (capacity 50 seats)
- Interactive classroom with smart display (capacity 24 seats)
- Lounge area with next-generation console play
- Control room—hub for live, multicamera and gameplay steaming of events happening in the Esports Center and beyond
- Office space for esports director and graduate assistants
“Our program and new facilities will help us achieve our goal of enhancing academic offerings by bringing esports experiences into curricula across multiple disciplines including digital sports production, business, computer sciences, animation, and sport administration,” Paaige Turner, dean of the College of Communication, Information, and Media at Ball State, said in the release.
Old National opens parking lot to public
MUNCIE — The Old National banking center at 116 W. Charles St. is converting its north side bank parking lot into two-hour public parking to benefit downtown businesses, according to a release..
A ribbon-cutting is planned once the lot is repaved, weather permitting.
“As a proud member of the downtown Muncie business community, Old National is excited to support downtown businesses and give our community members more options to make it easier be downtown,” Angela Beck, Old National banking center manager, said in the release
Drive-up Easter egg event set for Saturday
NEW CASTLE — Raintree Square retirement community, 2820 S. Memorial Drive, will host a Drive-Up Easter Egg Pick-up event for the children of Henry County 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 3. Residents and staff will be there to greet the children and pass out Easter egg bags at the no-contact event.
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