NEWPORT, Ky. — A brand-new, cutting-edge esports and entertainment company called Velocity Esports (Velocity) is launching its first location this spring at Newport on the Levee (the Levee), the entertainment destination overlooking the Ohio River and Downtown Cincinnati.
Opening in The Gallery in the former GameWorks space on March 31, Velocity will feature a premier esports lounge, arcade games and prizes, a social gaming lounge, live and online tournaments, live entertainment and a full-service restaurant and bar serving craft beverages with elevated casual dining.
Recently established, Velocity features state-of-the-art technology, professional gaming equipment, over 100 esports titles, and a vast selection of arcade games and prizes. Its 23,000-square-foot location at the Levee will be operated by Tom Heim, market general manager.
To reinvent the space, Velocity’s ownership has invested $400,000 in enhancements ranging from a new esports lounge room, a renovated bar with a refreshed design and video wall, updated lighting, and a social gaming lounge featuring billiards, foosball, shuffleboard, pinball, and giant versions of tabletop game classics. The social gaming lounge will also have an area for live music. Enhancements also include a reimagined dining space and remodeled bathrooms.
Upon entry, the restaurant will be the first thing guests experience. Velocity Esports Bar & Grill will serve a fresh take on modern American and Mexican classics, featuring elevated casual dining, along with craft cocktails and mocktails. In addition, the event space for parties and other events has been moved from the back of the facility to the front, making people the focal point for passersby.
Positioned as an entertainment venue and playground for adult gamers, Velocity is targeted at millennials and Gen Z. Gamers of all abilities and ages, including amateurs and competitive individuals, are welcome and invited to explore the new concept both in-person and online. The hours of operation will vary between summer and winter (Labor Day to Cinco de Mayo and vice versa).
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