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Blizzard Arena Moves into the Historic Burbank Studios

The popular video game company has announced plans to move into the Burbank Studios and turn the venue into the Blizzard Arena. Once transformation process is complete, the venue will host video game tournaments, starting off with The Overwatch Contenders Playoffs. That event will run from October 7-8 and tickets are on sale now.

Blizzard was originally attracted to the venue because of it’s unique ability to host a large audience while simultaneously broadcasting multiple events. The venue also houses multiple sound stages, control rooms, and lounges.

The Burbank Studios was formally known as the NBC Studios. Over the years, the studios have played host to Days of Our Lives, and The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.

Burbank Receives a Visit From the President — Again!

The Presidential motorcade is lead by California Highway Patrol with over 50 officers, with the assistance of several other agencies.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The President of The United States of America stopped in Burbank for the 5th time since his Presidency to make an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The President arrived via Marine One at Bob Hope Airport and was escorted by Presidential Motorcade via Hollywood Way to Alameda, to Catalina Street then to Warner and into studio property.  The escort, led by California Highway Patrol and was assisted by several agencies including Alhambra Police, Pasadena Police, L.A. County Sheriff, and Burbank Police.

After taping the Tonight Show the President departed back to Bob Hope Airport  via the same route, boarded Marine One and was headed to LAX to fly to Las Vegas, for a concert and then off to Florida to continue campaigning.

There were reports of motorists being delayed  while attempting to get across town.  Police blocked access to streets in the area of NBC and the airport for security reasons.  One Burbank resident, who works in Woodland Hills, reported  on Facebook that he had to wait for about an hour after getting off the freeway at Pass Ave. and being blocked from crossing Hollywood Way to get to his home on Ontario St. south of Verdugo Ave.  Others reported similar delays in simply getting across Hollywood Way.

First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to be in Southern California on Thursday, October 25.  She will be attending a fundraiser at the home of actor Will Smith in Calabasas in the morning, and making an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show that tapes in Hollywood in the afternoon.  It is not believed that she will be coming through Burbank.

Obama supporters gather near the entrance to NBC at Parkside Dr.and Catalina awaiting the President’s arrival. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

LA County Sheriff’s along with Police officers from Alhambra, Pasadena, and other agencies assisted Burbank Police with traffic and crowd control. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

President Barack Obama seated in the backseat arrives at NBC Studios via the Warner Blvd. entrance. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)