Northern Lights Arena Europe (NLAE) has today shared new concept images and a concept video for its proposed esports arena at Dundee’s Waterfront. 

Following the announcement of NLAE’s exclusivity agreement with Dundee City Council last year, the company is releasing this concept art at the Scottish Esports League 4 (SEL4) grand finals held 18-21 November. 

The SEL4 finals will play an instrumental role in building the profile of Dundee’s esports scene. 

Along with being a home to the world’s top gamers, the arena will provide local education facilities, promote life-long skills, and boost digital fluency. Watch a video showcasing the planned arena HERE.

NLAE will work in partnership with Abertay University and Dundee & Angus College to build on their first-class gaming curriculum to create an immersive revolutionary esports experience through the integration of state-of-the-art classrooms, professional arena operations and esports teams. 

NLAE’s arena will be Europe’s first truly digital enabled arena space and a flagship project for Dundee alongside the Eden Project Dundee and V&A Dundee. 

The arena, which is due to be delivered in 2024, will have around 4,000 seats and will be a hub for the esports sector, building on Dundee’s already well-established reputation as a leading gaming centre of excellence. 

Image: ADP Architecture

Lord Michael Grade, chairman, NLAE said: 

We are very excited to be able to share new concept images and video of our proposed arena at Dundee waterfront. As well as creating jobs and boosting the local tourism industry, the arena would create a world-class experience for esports fans, both in Dundee and virtually. 

Education is at the heart of our mission at NLAE, and we are so pleased to be partnering with Abertay University and Dundee & Angus College to build on their already well-established gaming curriculum, in order to provide life-long skills and digital fluency to students in Dundee. 


Image: Holmes Miller Architects

Ian Cooney, project director, Holmes Miller Architects, said:

Holmes Miller are delighted to be working with Luc Delany and NLAE to shape up design concepts for the Dundee Esports Arena. HM have extensive experience in the Arena and Stadia sector with over 30 years’ experience in design and delivery in the UK and internationally. 

We currently have projects in New Jersey, USA with MOTUS, and closer to home in Glasgow at the Scottish Event Campus, both of which feature diverse programs with parallels to the Dundee Arena Concept. We are well placed to assist the team and Dundee City Council in realising their vision for the City with this exciting project. 

Umesh Luharia, associate director, ADP Architecture, added:

ADP Architecture are proud to be part of the team creating this vision for the new state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena in Dundee. It will be a world class facility located near the V&A Dundee and we envisage this to be a landmark building that will bring new degree courses, jobs and benefits to the community whilst committing to deliver a low energy carbon building for the City.

The initial concept for the building is to physically reflect the integrated technology of the digital arena and its function into the architecture as well as the emerging world of the metaverse. It is an exciting time for this to be happening whilst the largest esports event in the country is taking place, making Dundee the hub for esports.