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Boston Overwatch team to hold two matches at Opera House

The Boston Opera House will play host to two homestands for the local Overwatch team.
The Boston Opera House will play host to two homestands for the local Overwatch team. Craig F. Walker/Globe staff/Globe Staff

Boston Uprising, the local esports Overwatch League team, is going to the opera.

The Boston Opera House, that is.

The 91-year-old theater in the heart of downtown Boston will become the first-ever home “arena” for the Kraft family-owned Uprising team.

In the first two seasons of the Overwatch League, teams played their matches in Burbank, Calif.

This season, home venues will be introduced for the first time.

The Citizens Bank Opera House will host one weekend match April 25-26, when the London Spitfire, Houston Outlaws, New York Excelsior Florida Mayhem, Washington Justice and Philadelphia Fusion will compete against the Uprising. The other opera house match will be held June 27-28, when the Uprising will host the Excelsior, Spitfire, Paris Eternal and Toronto Defiant.

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“We are thrilled to showcase the excitement and competitiveness of professional esports, and Overwatch, in particular, to fans of all ages in the Boston metropolitan area,” said Chris “HuK” Loranger, president of gaming for the Uprising in a statement. “We thank the Citizens Bank Opera House for partnering with us to bring our inaugural homestand weekends to life for all to enjoy.”

The Uprising’s season begins Feb. 9 in New York City.

There are 20 teams spread out around the globe, with teams in the U.S., Canada, London, Paris and China.

The Kraft family was one of the principal investors in the Overwatch League.

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.com.


Michael Silverman can be reached at michael.silverman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeSilvermanBB