Developers Show Off Plans For South Philly Entertainment Venue

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Developers today unveiled details about the new entertainment complex being bult on the former Spectrum site in South Philadelphia.

The complex, to be called “Xfinity Live!,” will have as its centerpiece a 32-foot TV screen in an area dubbed “the NBC Sports Arena.”

Restaurants will include the Spectrum Grille, the Broad Street Bullies Pub, Chickie’s and Pete’s, Nick’s Roast Beef, the Original Philadelphia Cheesesteak Company, The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Bar and Grill, and the Victory Beer Hall.

Reed Cordish, VP of the Baltimore-based Cordish Companies, says it will be a place for fans to go before, during, or after a game.

“The only site in North America where all four professional sports teams operate on one site,” he said.  “And what we’re going to do is tie it all together and create that gathering spot, that sense of place that didn’t exist here before.”

Comcast Spectacor chairman Ed Snider says plans for the entire “Philly Live” complex have been on hold because of the economy, but he’s looking forward to this first phase.

Xfinity Live is scheduled to open April 5th.

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  • Mike in Philly

    “xfinity” live?? what kind of name is this?? It’s another embarrassment from the mighty comcast company- that’s right the same company that has ruined free broadcast TV in PHiladelphia and taken away the sixers and flyers from the general public forcing the public to fee the comcast money machine… Mr. Snider and Mr. Roberts are not welcome in my home and I am not impressed with either of them for destroying sports broadcasting for the general public – sports belongs to the public. It’s not longer ab out sports anymore, it’s now an entertainment industry with sports meaning less as each decade goes by.. How are basketball and hockey expected to grow in the city after what the comcast regime has done to them?? They (comcast) would likely love to put every eagles and phillies game on their channel thereby having TOTAL control of the broadcasts… They are an embarrassment to the city and other cities and anyone who realizes this should also boycott their pathetic business model…

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