UPDATE: The Fusion will not be playing in the Fusion Arena in 2020 and the venue has not been announced yet and the team will actually have 3 Homestand events a season.
The Overwatch League has officially announced plans on how the League will operate and be structured going forward in 2020 as teams are set to play in their own home arenas. As a result, the entire Philadelphia Fusion team, along with teams around the league, will finally be returning home to their respective home cities, which for some teams, will be their first time.
Moving forward, the Pacific and Atlantic divisions have become conferences which have been split down into two divisions. The divisions have been split into the following teams:
The Atlantic North Division will feature the Boston Uprising, the London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, Paris Eternal and finally the Toronto Defiant. Meanwhile, the Atlantic South Division will feature the Atlanta Reign, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, Philadelphia Fusion and Washington Justice.
The Pacific East Division will feature all the Asian teams in the Chengdu Hunters, the Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Shanghai Dragons and lastly the Seoul Dynasty. Finally, there is the Pacific West Division which is stacked with amazing teams like the Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Valiant, Los Angeles Gladiators, San Francisco Shock and Vancouver Titans.
(Image Courtesy of the Philadelphia Fusion)
In terms of scheduling, each team will expect at least two homestands, some teams receiving three extra homestands as well for a total of 52 homestands. Ultimately, this means fans will finally be able to see the Fusion in action live at the Fusion Arena at least twice in the upcoming season. Unfortunately for local fans of the Fusion, it is unlikely for the team to receive the extra homestands, which have already gone to the Guangzhou Charge, Washington Justice (who is in the same division) and Dallas Fuel, according to Mike Hume of the Washington Post.
As a result of the addition of home games, the Overwatch League also announced that the season will no longer be split into stages because of travel and scheduling. As a result, fans can expect to see the Overwatch League in action every week and the All-Stars event to take place at the midway point of the season.
Along with the homestands, each team is expected to host three additional events for the community in its home cities. These events can range anywhere from amateur level tournaments to social events like viewing parties among other things. While most teams have already been hosting occasional events in their home cities, it will be an exciting time going forward as teams gradually get settled into their home arenas.
The schedule for the 2020 season is set to be released sometime next month with the season itself set to begin in February.