Brian Mirakian, senior principal at architectural firm Populous, addresses the crowd at the Fusion Arena groundbreaking ceremony in Philadelphia. Brian Mirakian, senior principal atarchitectural firm Populous, addresses the crowd at the FusionArena groundbreaking ceremony in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA—Comcast Spectacor and development partner TheCordish Companies have broken ground on the largest esports arenain the Western Hemisphere.

Construction has commenced on the $50-million project that will be home to thePhiladelphia Fusion esports franchise, one of 20 internationalteams competing in the Overwatch League. The development team wasjoined by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, members of PhiladelphiaCity Council, and community and business leaders from across theregion at last week's groundbreaking ceremony. Fusion Arena isscheduled to open its doors at the Wells Fargo Center in early2021.

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John Jordan

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