TenGIG Festival opening new venue for events, eSports at Chattanooga Choo Choo

Jared Nixon with TenGIG presents during CO.LAB's Demo Night at the Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza Thursday, July 26, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. TenGIG is an esports festival, and Nixon is planning to open a new venue in The Chattanooga Choo Choo. (Staff photo by Erin O. Smith )

As the transformation of The Chattanooga Choo Choo continues, the historic hotel in the Southside has added another tenant that will take over the former 30,000-square-foot Centennial Theater and ballroom.

The TenGIG Festival, the biggest three-day gaming festival in the Southeast, is leasing the old ballroom and movie theater and remodeling it to include two self-contained sound stages for the annual event held Oct. 19-21 this year. Serial entrepreneur Jared Nixon runs the TenGIG Festival, which was held in Chattanooga for the first time last year, and said they are on schedule with construction and should have it up and running for the 2018 esports festival.

In Phase 1, about 20,000 square feet of the old ballroom and movie theater will be converted into two, independent stages that also can be rented out for music, corporate and community events, he said.