Comcast Spectacor to build $50 million Esports Arena
Comcast Spectacor, the American sports, and entertainment company have confirmed that they plan to build a new gaming arena.
It will be called the Fusion Arena. With the primary focus of hosting the Overwatch League franchise, Philadelphia Fusion. They aim to open the $50 million arena in 2021.
Comcast Spectacor previously bought into the franchised Overwatch League before the first season. They came together with 11 other investors to buy into the Activision Blizzard Esports League.
It has been reported that the stadium will be 47-acres. There will also be the capability of seating 3,500 audience members. It will be in a prime location, located near both Xfinity Live and the Wells Fargo Center.
Populous, a Sports and Entertainment Architecture firm will be designing the Fusion Arena. The firm has worked on the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and the London Olympics Stadium in the past.
While the primary focus of the arena will be for the Overwatch team and league, it will also host a magnitude of other events. Including other esports event and music concerts. Comcast Spectacor has stated that they aim to host roughly 120 events in the arena each year.
Earlier this month, the Commissioner of the Overwatch League revealed that the league would execute on the plan to host home and away matches in 2020. It looks like the Fusion team won’t have the new arena built in time for this. Meaning that the Philadelphia Fusion will be playing out of temporary venues during the 2020 season.
What it means for Esports
This is the first colossal development to come for the Overwatch League. We have seen similar investments in the past and will hopefully continue to see more in the future. It’s a couple of years away, but it indeed has the potential to help grow Philadelphia into a critical area for gaming and Esports in the future.
With more non-endemic companies and firms taking the plunge into the Esports industry, we can expect more of this to come.