The university moved to Winter Park in 1989. Full Sail University’s approximately 200-acre campus is located 8.6 miles (13.8 km) northeast of downtown Orlando. The campus has soundstages, a film backlot, and 110 studios. An office building for teaching staff for the online degree program was leased in 2009.
In 2010 a new game studio was named “Blackmoor” (after a campaign in Dungeons & Dragons) in honor of Dave Arneson, who taught game design at the school from 1999 to 2008. In November 2010, in partnership with ESPN, the school opened a new laboratory for research and development in studio technologies. Two months later, approximately 200 Full Sail Online employees moved into the Gateway Center in Downtown Orlando. Also in 2011, the university announced plans to construct an 86,000-square-foot educational building to house 475 faculty and staff, additional film and television soundstages and classrooms; it was scheduled for completion in early 2012. In July 2011, Full Sail acquired Lakeview Office Park in Orlando.
In October 2018, Full Sail announced plans to construct an esports arena called “The Fortress”. The 11,200-square-foot venue opened in May 2019, serves as home of Full Sail University’s esports team, Armada, and can accommodate up to 500 spectators.
In 2019, wallethub.com listed the best cities for gamers where Orlando, Florida was ranked #4 for Gaming Environment. This has been attributed to universities such as Full Sail University and for “The Fortress” which is the largest on-campus esports arena in the country. Full Sail University has hosted NXT Wrestling productions for several years, but NXT is moving to another venue since Full Sail’s students aren’t available to help with the show due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WWE NXT Wrestling did use Full Sail University’s facilities during quarantine, and the WWE has full intention of coming back once crowds are allowed again.
In 2020, The Fortress was named a top 10 collegiate esports facility. It was also named one of the ’15 Most Elite Universities for Pursuing Esports Careers in North America in 2020.