Comcast Spectacor and The Cornish Company just announced they will build a $50 million esports arena in South Philadelphia. This soon-to-be constructed arena will be the Philadelphia Fusion headquarters, Philadelphia’s first esports franchise.
The 60,000 square-feet arena was designed by Populous, a Kansas City-based architectural firm specializing in sports franchise, and will seat 3,500 spectators–making it the largest new esports arena in the Western Hemisphere.
While the Philadelphia Fusion will occupy most of the new arena, Joe Marsh, Chief Business Officer of Spectacor Gaming and the Philadelphia Fusion shared plans for future opportunities, “The arena will also be available for small concerts, corporate events, comedy shows and TED talks.”
Construction will begin this summer next to the Xfinity Live! Dining and Entertainment Complex in South Philadelphia. The surrounding area is also home to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, and the Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Businesses have been expanding to South Philadelphia in recent years due to the available space and accessibility. Many other large corporations, including Jefferson Health, GSK, and Urban Outfitters, have expanded their operations to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, located in South Philadelphia, due to the access to transportation, talent, and available lot size.