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South Philly will be home to the first purpose-built esports arena

posted March 29, 2019
South Philly will be home to the first purpose-built esports arena

Fusion Arena, a $50 million project built to seat 3,500, is set to open in 2021. Philly gamers can rejoice as the first ground-up, purpose-built esports arena in the country comes to South Philly.

Fusion Arena, future home to Philly’s official Overwatch team, is a $50 million project from Comcast Spectacor and real estate firm The Cordish Companies. Upon completion in 2021, the hub will be a 3,500-seat arena dedicated to esports and entertainment, located near Xfinity Live! in the Philadelphia Sports Complex.

“We’re thrilled to introduce a venue like no other as we move forward with the next phase of development within the Philadelphia Sports Complex,” said Comcast Spectacor CEO Dave Scott. “Fusion Arena gives esports fans a best-in-class venue to call home and be proud of. Beyond competitive gaming, it’s a stunning facility that will host a wide array of events.”

The gaming hive will feature 60,000 square feet of new construction, a 6,000-square-foot public entry section and 2,000 square feet of “interactive media surface” hovering above visitor’s heads. Another 10,000 square feet of space inside the arena will be dedicated to a training facility, broadcast studio and team offices.

The flashy esports hub is designed by Populous, a global architecture firm headquartered in Kansas City, Kan., responsible for over 1,300 stadiums in 34 countries around the world: Think the gasp-worthy ANZ Stadium in Sydney or the Tottenham Hotspur in London.

Inside the projected hub, the Philadelphia Fusion will finally be able to play its Overwatch matches with home field advantage. Since it launched last year, the Fusion — as well as the other 19 teams in the league — have been playing most matches in Burbank, Calif.-based Blizzard Arena.

Read the full article at Technically.

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