Pioneering Esports: McCann’s audiovisual integration at District E powered by Ticketmaster

District E Powered by Ticketmaster is a state-of-the-art esports venue situated in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C..

Adjacent to the iconic Capital One Arena, this premier venue spans nearly 14,000 sq ft and stands as a hub for esports enthusiasts and fans.

With a prime location and partnerships with globally recognised esports teams including Team Liquid and Wizards District Gaming, District E offers a unique and immersive gaming experience. 

The audio system needed to accommodate diverse programming, from high-stakes esports matches to corporate events and viewing parties with a seamless integration with the cutting-edge LED video throughout the venue. Monumental Sports, an assembly of seven DC-area sports and gaming teams, turned to McCann, to design and install the audiovisual integration help to create an elevated esports experience. 

For the main gaming space, McCann selected 1 SOUND loudspeakers to create an optimal auditory environment.

Two Tower LCC84 columns were positioned on each side of the main LED wall, utilising the Tower Wall Bracket for mounting.

These cardioid columns, known for their wide 120° dispersion and clarity technology, provided a perfect fit for the space and its varied audio needs.

Complementing the Towers were two WSUB45i Wall Subs, positioned below flush onto the wall, enhancing the low-frequency impact and keeping a low profile. 

Beyond the main space, McCann incorporated Cannon C5i loudspeakers for sound reinforcement in other areas of the arena.

For example, in the dining area, they were hung as pendants using the C-Clamp for the desired angles. The synergy between different audio components ensured a cohesive audio experience throughout the venue. 

McCann made it so the entire audiovisual system operates on an AV over IP platform, seamlessly connecting various sources, including digital signage, BrightSign media players, and Apple TV 4K players.

With 90 individual system sources, the setup provides the versatility needed to accommodate the diverse programming that District E envisions. 

This comprehensive audiovisual solution enhances the esports experience for both players and spectators.

Spectators can enjoy looking on the three large-format LED video walls, two LED column displays, and two LED tickers featuring live stats.

This arena includes two locker rooms and scrimmage facilities packed with 98-inch screens, 32 individual gaming stations, complete F&B offerings with 13 displays and a 2×2 video wall, and public spaces with digital canvases.  

Through McCann’s strategic implementation of 1 SOUND loudspeakers and their work creating an advanced AV over IP platform, District E has successfully raised the bar for esports venues worldwide.

The combination of cutting-edge audiovisual technology and Monumental Sports’ commitment to innovation shows how a thoughtful and comprehensive audiovisual solution can transform a space into a dynamic hub for entertainment and community engagement. 

“District E Powered by Ticketmaster reimagines the future of live experiences by bringing esports, latest technology and community engagement together in a one-of-a-kind space,” said Marla Ostroff, Managing Director of North America, Ticketmaster.