Laurel Ridge hosting an open house at new esports arena

For Immediate Release:
November 10, 2023

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

Esports Arena Open House Flyer
Esports is a growing industry for players, managers and support personnel.

Game on! Laurel Ridge is inviting all esports enthusiasts and those curious about the extremely popular industry to an open house at the college’s new esports arena 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16. The arena is located in the Student Union Building at the Middletown Campus. Free pizza and salad are being offered.

“We have created an inclusive space for present and future Laurel Ridge students to participate in recreational and competitive gaming,” said student recreation and wellness specialist Angela Schroeder. “A couple of Shenandoah University Esports Management majors are interning here. They have been instrumental in fine-tuning the program and offering instruction to students.

“SU welcomes Laurel Ridge students to transfer into their esports program, and an associate of business administration from here would fit right into their curriculum.”

The open house will showcase L.E.O. (Lions Esports Organization), which is made up of competitive players, casual gamers and supporters. In addition to getting a chance to meet some of these players, as well as Student Life staff, visitors will be able to play PC, console and tabletop games.


Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With three locations — Middletown, Warrenton, and Luray-Page County — the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Laurel Ridge Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Laurel Ridge Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. Laurel Ridge shall promote and maintain equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), status as a veteran, national origin, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment. Inquiries may be directed to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, [email protected]173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645, 540-868-7226.

Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.