Call of Duty League franchise Toronto Ultra has announced the Mattamy Athletic Centre ice rink as its official venue for the inaugural season. The Mattamy Athletic Centre was formerly known as the Maple Leaf Gardens, which housed NHL franchise Toronto Maple Leafs. The venue will be able to support a capacity of 3,850 fans.
Mattamy Athletic Centre as venue
“This is yet another significant moment for our global esports and entertainment organization, as we continue to put Toronto on the esports map,” said Chris Overholt, President and CEO of OverActive Media, in a release. “We know that there is an established crossover audience between Call of Duty fans and traditional sports, and that is in large part, why we are so proud to be calling the former Maple Leaf Gardens our home for the upcoming season.”
The team owned by global esports and entertainment company OverActive Media has offered tickets to the event at $65 CAD ($49 USD) to $140 CAD ($105 USD). Two home series events will be hosted by the Toronto Ultra team on March 21 – 22 and July 18 – 19, 2020. Both weekend events will include several matches on both days, along with autograph sessions, brand partner activations, and fan events being hosted. Tickets will be available to purchase starting on Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. EST.
Toronto Ultra in Call of Duty League
“One year ago today, we launched our Overwatch franchise, the Toronto Defiant in an intimate venue on Queen Street. Tonight, we are thrilled to be introducing the world to the Toronto Ultra, in the best way we know how, side-by-side with 1,500 of our fans,” said Overholt. “Launching our second Toronto franchise is part of our plan to put our city on the map when it comes to the global esports conversation.”
The Toronto Ultra roster was unveiled at the Rebel Entertainment Complex in downtown Toronto. The 10-player lineup consists of Daniel “Loony” Loza, Anthony “Methodz” Zinni, Mehran “Mayhem” Anjomshoa, Cameron “Cammy” McKilligan, Carson “Brack” Newberry, Adrian “MeTTalZz” Serrano, Alejandro “Lucky” Lopez, Tobias “CleanX” Jønsson, Ben “Bance” Bance, and Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo.
In addition to owning New York esports organization Splyce and Overwatch League franchise Toronto Defiant, OverActive Media acquired a slot in the upcoming Call of Duty League as part of the first five franchises. The Call of Duty League is a city-based esports league that consists of 12 teams across North America and Europe. The season starts in January of 2020.