When you think of today’s society, you think of technology.  Ever since the boom in online gaming, companies have been capitalizing on the money that can be made. Today’s world is run by technology, which now even includes our sports.  The city of Philadelphia is now making a 50 million dollar stadium committed to online gaming, specifically to the Philly Fusion.

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The Philly Fusion is a gaming team based in Philly that competes in Overwatch tournaments. Overwatch is a team-based, first person shooter game where players work together to secure and defend control points on a map or escort a payload across the map in a limited time. They will be the first Overwatch gaming team to have their very own dedicated arena. This team competes with others in a virtual league playing for money.  Comcast Corporation created this arena to be able to house this team. In 2020, the team will have its own huge command center, with top of the line computers and only the best technologies in their gaming setups.  

The Fusion Arena will approximately cost 50 million USD, span the size of 60,000 square feet (about the size of a football field) and seat up to 3,500 people.  Fusion will include all the newest amenities including a balcony, club seating and executive seats to watch the gaming underneath them. This new arena will also house other live events such as concerts and other gaming events.  The Fusion arena will be adjacent from the Xfinity Live complex and in between Philadelphia’s MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL sports complexes.  

Photo taken by Michael McKelvey

From sports to social instances, technology is beginning to shape and change our everyday life.  Some may see this as a very odd edition to the stadiums in Philadelphia, but this shows the growth and adaptation to this new age of technology and how this city is ready to accept it.  It will be very exciting to see how this new stadium and technology will affect the Philadelphia gaming community and other gaming enthusiasts in the coming years.

To learn more about the new Fusion Arena, check out this article written by CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/03/25/fusion-arena-50-million-esports-arena-coming-to-philadelphia-sports-complex/

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