Fusion Arena to become the newest state-of-the-art gaming facility

Fusion Arena to become the newest state-of-the-art gaming facility

Games won't be the only source of entertainment in the Philadelphia Sports Complex.

Add gaming to the list, too.

Comcast Spectator and The Cordish Companies have announced plans for a $50 million state-of-the-art Esports venue to be built in the Philadelphia Sports Complex, adjacent to XFINITY Live!

The arena will stand as the largest, purpose-built Esports arena in the Western hemisphere. It will seat up to 3,500 people, with 60,000 square feet of new construction and a futuristic design.

The venue will be called "Fusion Arena" and serve as the new home of the Philadelphia Fusion gaming franchise. Construction is set to begin this summer, according to the architecture firm Populous. 

"We’re thrilled to introduce a venue like no other as we move forward with the next phase of development within the Philadelphia Sports Complex,” Dave Scott, chairman and CEO of Comcast Spectacor, said. "Fusion Arena gives Esports fans a best-in-class venue to call home and be proud of. Beyond competitive gaming, it’s a stunning facility that will host a wide array of events."

Those involved with the building of Fusion Arena feel that the venue will help promote the gaming world, especially as its location is in one of the most popular sporting sites in the country. 

“Fusion Arena will set the gold standard for competitive gaming and debut on one of the country’s most exciting platforms of sports and entertainment amid Philadelphia’s professional sports teams," Blake Cordish, principal of The Cordish Companies, said. 

The facility will look to praise the history of Philadelphia, incorporating the use of industrial materials to pay tribute to the city's heritage as "the workshop of the world." The space will have a large public entryway with interactive media surfaces 30 feet above. Populous is aiming to take the designs of iconic sporting venues and apply them to the virtual world of gaming. 

“This project places Esports alongside all the major traditional sports that call South Philadelphia home," Joe Marsh, chief business officer of Spectator Gaming and the Philadelphia Fusion, said. 

Fusion Arena's seating will include two balcony bars, club seats with USB ports, loge boxes and exclusive suites. Ten-thousand feet will be set apart for the creation of a training facility, broadcast studio and team offices. 

This news comes in the midst of the Wells Fargo Center's "Transformation 2020" initiative, a multi-year, $250 million renovation. Fusion Arena adds $50 million of new development to the Philadelphia Sports Complex. 

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Overwatch League 2019 Grand Finals in Philadelphia end with a shocking San Francisco victory

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Overwatch League 2019 Grand Finals in Philadelphia end with a shocking San Francisco victory

In a hyped-up Grand Finals, the two best teams throughout all of Season 2 faced off in the Vancouver Titans and the San Francisco Shock. With the team's previous matchups split evenly, this match would decide the victor once and for all. Despite all the hype that went into the match, the victor was decided fairly quickly as the Shock dominated the Titans on their way to a 4-0 victory and the title. What does this victory mean for the two teams heading into the next season? Let’s take a look and start off with the champions themselves. 

The San Francisco Shock: Golden run completed

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The Shock entered the Grand Finals after an amazing run through the loser’s bracket, going undefeated against the likes of the Hangzhou Spark and the New York Excelsior. With all the momentum in the world, the Shock completed their run with their 4-0 victory over the Titans, cementing their spot as the best team in the Overwatch League. 

Through the entire match, the shock showed a lot of versatility as they were able to continuously adapt to whatever the situation needed. A great example of the Shock’s ability to adjust and adapt on the fly was when DPS player Dong-jun "Rascal" Kim’s switched to Pharah on Eichenwalde, which turned around the map for the Shock, leading to their win. Considering the importance of that map in terms of momentum, this could have been one of the key moments that decided the series as had the Shock not won Eichenwalde, the Grand Finals could’ve gone another way with momentum shifting back to the Titans.

Overall, the Grand Finals showed the world how strong of a team the Shock truly are, but one aspect of the team that hasn’t received enough praise for their dominant run is their coaching staff. Head coach Dae-hee "Crusty" Park through the entire season was able to help the Shock remain one of the best teams in the league with two different starting rosters depending on the meta. It’s hard to imagine any other coach being able to do the same thing and as such, Crusty deserves a huge payday for his next contract.

The Vancouver Titans: Forever the underdogs and forever runner-ups

Apex Season 2, Apex Season 4, and now The Season 2 Grand Finals of the Overwatch League. While the Runaway core that forms the Vancouver Titans is used to being the underdogs in big matches, they’re unfortunately also used to being the runner-ups. 

Despite a strong run into the Grand Finals through the Winner Finals, the Titans were simply outmatched by a stronger team in the Shock. Key players that needed to have great performances simply couldn’t keep up as tank player Hyeon-Woo "JJANU" Choi was outclassed on Sigma, and DPS player Min-soo "SeoMinSoo" Seo was simply unable to make a big enough impact to affect the team’s chances to win. Overall, the Titans struggled against the Shock and were unable to show the same level of versatility. This was most evident as the team was mowed down by the Shock’s Bastion composition on multiple occasions without an answer. 

Despite all the negatives, the Titans will still head into the next season as one of the best teams in the Overwatch League. Along with that, if history has shown fans of the Runaway core anything, it’s that after a heartbreak, victory will follow. 

Watch 'For The Win Philly', a new program focusing on gaming in the Philadelphia region


Watch 'For The Win Philly', a new program focusing on gaming in the Philadelphia region

NBC Sports Philadelphia is teaming up with Nerd Street Gamers to produce “For The Win Philly,” a program focusing on the world of highly competitive gamers in the Philadelphia region. The show will debut on NBC Sports Philadelphia+ on Friday, September 27 at 9 p.m.

The premier of “For the Win Philly” is launching alongside a weekend of events and festivities that lead up to the Overwatch League Grand Finals on Sunday, September 29th at Wells Fargo Center. Audiences tuning in to NBC Sports Philadelphia+ will get an inside look at the world of esports, its presence in Philadelphia, and how this massive industry is continuing to rise.

Clips from the program will be distributed on NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com, as well.

Here are the dates and times you can watch “For The Win Philly”:

  • Friday, September 27, 9pm on NBC Sports Philadelphia+
  • Friday, September 27, 11pm on NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Saturday, September 28, 11pm on NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Sunday, September 29, 6:30pm on NBC Sports Philadelphia+

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