In case you missed it: Fusion Arena coming to Sports Complex

Fusion Arena entry. Rendering: Comcast Spectacor

Comcast Spectacor will bring the nation’s first purpose-built gaming arena to South Philly

Construction will begin this summer on a new type of venue in the Sports Complex. The Fusion Arena will just to the east of Xfinity Live! The venue, billed as the first-of-its-kind. According to promoters, it will seat up to 3,500 guests and “stand as the largest new-construction, purpose-built esports arena in the Western Hemisphere.”

The new arena’s primary tenant will be the Philadelphia Fusion esports franchise, one of 20 international teams competing in the Overwatch League. Besides competitive gaming events, the site will also host “live entertainment and experiences.”

“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 Dave Scott, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Spectacor said in a press release.  “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.”

Fusion Arena interior. Rendering: Comcast Spectacor

The venue is designed by Populous, a Kansas City-based architecture firm whose projects include the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Olympic game stadiums, and esports venues.

The 60,000 square feet building will feature what is described as “a stunning and futuristic design throughout.” The technologically-advanced space will include:

Training Center. Rendering: Comcast Spectacor
  • unique seating experiences including two balcony bars
  • club seats with USB ports
  • flexible loge boxes and exclusive suites
  • a 10,000 square feet training facility, broadcast studio, and team offices.

Check out this promotional video featuring South Philly as the center of the esports universe.