Updated: May 8, 3 p.m.
Now, it's official. For the second season of the Overwatch League, the grand finals are heading back to the east coast.
The Grand Finals are the cumulation of an entire season's worth of professional Overwatch play will end with a champion being crowned at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sunday, Sept. 29.
Philadelphia is a legendary sports town with amazing fans and the Wells Fargo Center is the perfect venue to crown our next champion,” said Nate Nanzer, Overwatch League Commissioner. “The 2018 Grand Finals in Brooklyn was epic but we’re looking to up the ante for our season finale in Philly. We have 20 teams in the League now, so the path to the championship is going to be extremely competitive and very entertaining.
The Wells Fargo Center is owned by Comcast Spectacor, whis also has a team competing in the Overwatch League in the Philadelphia Fusion. It is believed that the partnership between Activision Blizzard and Comcast Spectacor likely allowed for the benefits of potentially “heavily reduced costs” for running the event in the arena and played a role in helping the league choose the Wells Fargo Center for 2019.
The news of the finals reportedly coming to Philadelphia has already left the Overwatch community divided.
For the inaugural season, the grand finals were held at Barclays Center in New York City and fans were hoping for the event this year to venture outside of North America or at the very least somewhere along the west coast. However, for Fusion fans, the prospect of having this prestigious event held in their home city is an exciting chance to help raise awareness and welcome the world of Overwatch to their hometown ahead of the implementation of the 2020 geolocalization model.
“Last year we witnessed thousands of passionate Overwatch® fans at the Grand Finals and we can’t wait to bring this electric event to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center,” said Dave Scott, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Spectacor. “Overwatch League fans will be some of the first guests to enjoy the arena’s new advancements and we look forward to hosting an international audience for premier programming. We are thrilled to bring world-class gaming to Philadelphia’s expanding technology, esports, and entertainment scene.”
In March, Comcast Spectacor announced plans for the construction of the “Fusion Arena,” a $50 million, 3,500-seat multi-purpose arena that will double as a training facility and office space that the PHL Fusion will be able to call home starting in 2020.
The Philadelphia Fusion are currently 11th in the overall Stage 2 rankings with a 12-15-1 record.