Comcast is Building a $50 Million Video Gaming Arena Next to Xfinity Live!
Move over Lincoln Financial Field, Wells Fargo and Citizens Bank Park because there’s a new sheriff in town. Esports is the fastest growing sport (if you can categorize it as such) and Comcast has recognized the trend and plans on capitalizing on it heavily. Comcast which has its own esports team “The Fusion” is building a $50 million arena next to Xfinity Live!
The official announcement came Monday morning but those in the gaming community knew for quite some time. The 3,500 seat arena will be the first in the world of its kind. That’s right Philly will be the trailblazer in the esports world. The Fusion which is part of a 20 team Overwatch League, will use the dedicated arena but it will also be used as the hub for all major east coast gaming events.
The new arena is part of a major over hall Comcast Spectacor is conducing at the sports complex in South Philly. The 47-acre complex will also lay host to a new 10-story office building that will set Comcast back a cool $80 million.
However, when it comes to the Fusion arena, there will be no problem putting butts in seats. The Overwatch League claims that over 40 million folks play the game globally. In fact they claim that over 400K play within the Philadelphia television market region. This arena and league will cater to those fans.