This may be the biggest day of all time for the Crossing Broad commenter known as “ESPORTS ARE THE FUTURE.”
He was right, you know?
He told us that eSports were the future, and today Comcast-Spectacor and The Cordish Companies broke ground on the new Fusion Arena at South Philly’s sports complex with the mayor and other dignitaries on hand.
The $50 million dollar arena is being built next to Xfinity Live and will stand as the “largest new-construction, purpose-built esports arena in the Western Hemisphere,” according to the press release. The venue, which is set to open in 2021, will additionally host live entertainment of other sorts, though the primary tenant is your town, your team, your Philadelphia Fusion.
More from the release, plus photos, after the jump off:
Guests will be welcomed by a captivating 6,000-square-foot public entry featuring 2,000 square feet of interactive media surface hovering 30 feet. The venue will boast 60,000 square feet of new construction, featuring a stunning and futuristic design throughout, including seating for up to 3,500 guests, as well as 10,000 square feet of dedicated space for the Xfinity Training Center, broadcast studio and team offices. The training facility in particular separates the Fusion from the pack, offering unrivaled development opportunities for players. The technologically-advanced arena will offer unique seating experiences including two balcony bars, club seats with USB ports, flexible loge boxes and exclusive suites.
The groundbreaking of Fusion Arena comes at an exciting time as the Wells Fargo Center is in the midst of “Transformation 2020,” an extensive, multi-year $265 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.
Today’s celebration continues the next phase of Comcast Spectacor and The Cordish Companies’ real estate development within the Philadelphia Sports Complex, adjacent to Xfinity Live!. Earlier this year, the partnership announced plans for Pattison Place, an $80 million, new construction Class-A office tower.
The Fusion will start playing matches at the new venue in 2021. They will play three homestand weekends in Philadelphia during the 2020 season at both The Met Philadelphia and Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
The animation of the arena is totally bananas. Get a load of this:
This is our house.
— Philadelphia Fusion (@Fusion) September 25, 2019
And here are a few of the event photos and arena renderings, plus a still image I clipped from the drone footage which shows you where exactly this bad boy is gonna be built:
eSports are the Future.