Comcast Spectacor to build $50m esports arena in Philadelphia

Comcast Spectacor, owner of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, has announced plans for a $50m (€44m) esports facility to house its Overwatch League franchise, the Philadelphia Fusion.

The nominally-titled Fusion Arena, which will allow up to 3,500 fans, will be built in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, with the goal of opening in 2021.

The 60,000 square-foot facility – which is being designed by sports and entertainment architecture firm Populous – will include a 10,000-square-foot training facility, two balcony bars, a broadcast studio and premium seating.

The Activision Blizzard-run Overwatch League recently revealed that the competition will host home and away matches from 2020.

Last year the Barclays Center in Brooklyn sold out more than 20,000 tickets for the grand finals of the Overwatch League, though it is unclear just how profitable staging esports competitions will be.

Envy Gaming, which runs Overwatch team Dallas Fuel, is merely “hopeful” of making money from staging the league’s first inaugural ‘home’ event next month.