Comcast to build eSports stadium in Philly
The telecom giant plans on building a $50-million eSports arena in South Philly
Major telecommunications company Comcast recently joined up with SK Telecom to create T2 Entertainment & Sports. That partnership was meant to indicate Comcast’s commitment to the future of eSports and it is now cementing that position in Philadelphia, PA. A new eSports arena is going to be built in South Philly
Comcast Spectator, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Comcast and owner of the Philadelphia Fusion of the Overwatch League, is going to build the arena. It is expected to be built on a 47-acre stadium complex site in South Philly currently leased by the company and will offer 3,500 seats when completed. The site is located next to Xfinity Live! and is within walking distance of the Wells Fargo Center, the Linc and Citizens Bank Park. The project carries a price tag of around $50 million.
The commissioner of the 20-team Overwatch League, Nate Nanzer, points out that no special-purpose eSports arena has ever been built. One exception might be the HyperX eSports Arena in Las Vegas. Nanzer adds, “This is a huge step for esports. This is something we will see pop up all over the world.”
The venue won’t be used exclusively to host Comcast’s Fusion team. Comcast envisions it being used as a major hub for east coast eSports activity. Fusion President Tucker Roberts states, “This is going to be, I hope, one of those venues that in fifty years when they blow it up, people want the seats because they had such great memories there watching the Fusion and other esports teams play. That’s the power of having a home when you’re a team. It’s somewhere where the fans can really latch on and feel like they’re at home too. It’s a really big occasion for us and the city of Philadelphia.”