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Philadelphia set for $50 million Esports arena

Plans have been unveiled for a $50 million, next-generation Esports and entertainment venue in the heart of the Philadelphia Sports Complex. 

Adjacent to Xfinity Live!, the first-of-its-kind venue will seat up to 3,500 guests and stand as the largest new-construction, purpose-built Esports arena in the Western Hemisphere.

Its primary tenant, the Philadelphia Fusion Esports franchise, is one of 20 international teams competing in the Overwatch League.

Comcast Spectacor and The Cordish Companies said that in addition to serving as a premiere destination for competitive gaming events, Fusion Arena will also host a variety of live entertainment programming and experiences.

Designed by Populous, an architecture firm with deep experience in the fast-growing Esports space, Fusion Arena will boast 60,000ft2 of new construction, featuring a stunning and futuristic design throughout. Construction is set to begin this summer.

Dave Scott, chairman and CEO, Comcast Spectacor said:

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.  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.

Eliciting the venue’s first wow is the arena’s exterior, a sleek and dynamic skin that draws inspiration from the hardware powering Esports’ meteoric rise around the globe.

The incorporation of industrial materials throughout Fusion Arena’s design pays tribute to Philadelphia’s heritage as the “workshop of the world.”

A captivating 6,000ft2 public entry will greet guests as they enter the space and includes 2,000ft2 of interactive media surface hovering 30ft above them.

The technologically-advanced arena will offer unique seating experiences including two balcony bars, club seats with USB ports, flexible loge boxes and exclusive suites. Additionally, nearly 10,000ft2 will be dedicated to a training facility, broadcast studio and team offices.

The training facility in particular separates the Fusion from the pack, offering unrivaled experiences and development opportunities for players.

Populous Senior Principal Brian Mirakian said:

Fusion Arena represents a watershed moment for the competitive gaming market. We’re taking our 35 years of designing iconic experiences for traditional sports – settings like Yankee Stadium – and applying those same principles of design to the virtual world of gaming.

Details for Fusion Arena arrive at an exciting time as the Wells Fargo Center is in the midst of “Transformation 2020,” an extensive, multi-year $250 million renovation initiative.

Fusion Arena adds $50 million of new development within Philadelphia’s Sports Complex, complementing a transformed Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field and Citizens Bank Park.

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