The Philadelphia Fusion and its partners have broken ground on their $50 million esports arena, Fusion Arena, and have released a gorgeous preview video of the future home of the Philly based Overwatch League franchise.
The bar for esports arenas is being set at an all-time high in Philadelphia, as ground has broken at the site of the future Fusion Arena, and is set to open its doors in 2021.
As the ground was broken inside the Philadelphia Sports Complex, the Fusion released a teaser trailer for the venue, and it certainly is ambitious.
The video showcases numerous aspects of the Fusion Arena, including a team store, the arena theater, and something called the Ion Market. The renderings shown in the video highlight an extravagant, incredibly high value of production.
According to a press release sent to Dexerto, the venue should fit 3,500 spectators, and will dedicate 10,000 square feet to the Xfinity Training Center, team offices, and a broadcast studio. Fusion Arena will also feature “unique seating experiences including two balcony bars, club seats with USB ports, flexible loge boxes and exclusive suites.”
Aside from host Fusion matches, the new arena will reportedly also serve “as a premier destination for competitive gaming events, [and] also host a variety of live entertainment programming and experiences.”
The $50 million arena is estimated to make the city of Philadelphia $1 million in economic benefit in just its first year, as well as created 500 new “direct and indirect construction jobs.”
The Fusion are expected to make Fusion Arena their official home for the 2021 season of Overwatch League.
During the 2020 season, where the whole league will be experimenting with hosting homestands, the Fusion will host their weekends at The Met Philadelphia and the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
The groundbreaking of Fusion Arena kicks off a busy week of Overwatch for the city of Philadelphia, who will be hosting the Season 2 Grand Finals in the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, September 29.