The Philadelphia Fusion, an Overwatch League team and subsidiary of Comcast Spectacor, announced Monday that the team will soon have a new home — a $50 million next-gen esports and entertainment arena.
“The first ground-up, purpose-built esports arena in the Western Hemisphere.”
Take your first look at our brand-new arena and training facility at HOME in Philadelphia!
— Philadelphia Fusion (@Fusion) March 25, 2019
According to the announcement, Fusion Arena will be the first purpose-built esports arena in the Western Hemisphere with 60,000 sq. feet that will seat up to 3,500 spectators. In addition to esports, the arena will play host to a number of entertainment events.
“Fusion Arena will set the gold standard for competitive gaming and debut on one of the country’s most exciting platforms of sports and entertainment amid Philadelphia’s professional sports teams,” Blake Cordish of Xfinity Live! developer The Cordish Companies said in a statement. “Today’s announcement marks an exciting moment for the Comcast Spectacor-Cordish partnership as the next phase of Xfinity Live! continues to unfold.”
There is no public timeline available for the construction and launch of the new arena, but the Overwatch League will be adopting a system where teams play in their home cities starting in 2020.
This news comes several weeks after Comcast Spectacor partnered with SK Telecom, the largest mobile operator in Korea, to create a new joint venture: T1 Entertainment & Sport.
The new venture will feature SK Telecom’s T1 League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) team, in addition to new teams across titles including Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), Super Smash Brothers, Hearthstone and Apex Legends.
Philadelphia Fusion is currently tied for third place in the 2019 Overwatch League season with a 5-2 win-loss ratio.