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Xfinity Live!

Xfinity Live! Philadelphia
Xfinity Live!, 2014
Former names Philly Live!
Location South Philadelphia
Coordinates N39° 54.8513', W075° 9.6919'
Public transit AT&T (SEPTA station)
Owner Comcast-Spectator & The Cordish Companies
Type Restaurant Sports Bar and Entertainment
Seating type Restaurant Seating
Construction
Broke ground 2011
Built 2012
Opened First tenants opened March 2012;
Construction cost $50 million est
Architect ?
General contractor ?
Website
http://xfinitylive.com/
Xfinity Live from the south, with Center City skyline in the background

Xfinity Live! Philadelphia (formerly known as Philly Live!) is a dining and entertainment complex located on the former site of the Spectrum in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. It has become a media hub for various live broadcasts.[1]

The Xfinity Live! complex is constructed at the corner of 11th and Pattison Avenue, on a parking lot of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The parking lot is the former site of demolished structures of the Spectrum and the John F. Kennedy Stadium, built originally for the Sesquicentennial Exposition of 1926.

History

Starting in 2008, Comcast Spectacor and Cordish Company developers partnered for the proposed Art Nouveau design, using of neon- and LED-lighting to accent structures and walkways. The original Philly Live! concept included an assortment of restaurants with outdoor seating, a hotel along Pattison Avenue, and a spa or health club.[2] In December 2011 Cordish Cos., the developer, and Comcast-Spectacor, the operator, announced renaming and reinventing the project as Xfinity Live!.

The Philly Live! construction began in the summer of 2011, and the first phase opened in late March 2012 as Xfinity Live!. The development concept was redrawn as a dining and entertainment district. The initial phase of construction created 500 jobs, and the complex will eventually lead to an estimated 400 permanent jobs.[3][4] The announcement of Xfinity Live! is a less ambitious project concept centered on restaurants and bars. Main attractions of the complex include the NBC Sports Arena and its 32-foot HDTV.

Phase 1 building has a 60,000-square-foot cluster of businesses, enclosed with a 40,000-square-foot outdoor event space, and access to 20,000 parking spaces. The cost for the initial phase is an estimated $50 million.[5]

References

  1. ^ http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/the-insider/Philly-Live.html
  2. ^ http://www.southphillyreview.com/news/features/Philly-Live-talking-97526384.html
  3. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2011/09/06/philly-lives-first-phase-to-open-in.html
  4. ^ Philly Live! - New Retail and Entertainment District Planned for South Philadelphia Sports Complex
  5. ^ http://articles.philly.com/2011-12-16/sports/30524765_1_entertainment-district-grand-opening-comcast-spectacor

External links

  • Xfinity Live! Official Site
  • Construction Webcam
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