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The Overwatch League team Philadelphia Fusion is set to build a $50 million arena to host its league matches starting in 2021, Cordish Cos. and entertainment company Comcast Spectacor revealed today.
The stadium will be called Fusion Arena and is set to host up to 3,500 spectators. It will be located in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, where Philadelphia’s football, hockey, baseball, and basketball teams play in North American leagues like the NFL and the NBA. The Fusion Arena will have an entrance lobby, Fusion’s training center, and a complete structure for live broadcasts in 60,000 square feet, reportedly the “largest new-construction esports arena in the Western Hemisphere.”
The Fusion played in the grand finals of the inaugural season of the Overwatch League last year, but lost to London Spitfire. In the 2019 season, the team made it to the stage one playoffs and beat Atlanta Reign by 3-1, but they were then crushed by San Francisco Shock in the semifinals. The Fusion have five wins and two losses and they sit in third place in the league.
The Fusion Arena construction should begin this summer, according to both companies. Since the Overwatch League teams will begin playing their matches in home cities in the 2020 season, the Fusion will play at a temporary location until its arena is ready in 2021.
Philadelphia Fusion is one of the first teams to unveil a project for an arena built exclusively for the team. Other teams are expected to reveal plans throughout the 2019 season, since teams will continue playing at the Los Angeles Blizzard Arena for now.