Xfinity Live! Philadelphia

Xfinity Live! Philadelphia (known as Philly Live! during planning and construction) is a dining and entertainment complex located at the corner of 11th and Pattison Avenue, in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex on the former site of the Spectrum. It has become a media hub for various live broadcasts.[1]

Xfinity Live! is the home of five restaurant and entertainment venues including, Victory Beer Hall, PBR: A Coors Banquet Bar, Broad Street Bullies Pub, 1100 Social and NBC Sports Arena. The district also features an outdoor plaza that is home to the Miller Lite Concert Stage. Often called “Philly's fourth stadium”, the venue has invested over $150 million in original design as well as renovations over the years.[2]

Xfinity Live! Philadelphia
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Xfinity Live!, 2014
Former namesPhilly Live!
LocationSouth Philadelphia
CoordinatesN39° 54.8513', W075° 9.6919'
Public transitSEPTA.svg NRG station: Bus transport SEPTA.svg SEPTA bus: 4, 17
OwnerComcast Spectacor and the Cordish Company
TypeRestaurants, sports bar, and concert venue
Seating typeRestaurant seating
Construction
Broke ground2011
Built2012
OpenedFirst tenants opened March 2012
Construction cost$50 million est
Website
Official website
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Xfinity Live from the south, with Center City skyline in the background

History

Starting in 2008, Comcast Spectacor and Cordish Company partnered for the proposed Art Nouveau design, making use 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.[3] In December 2011, Cordish and Comcast Spectacor announced renaming and reinventing the project as Xfinity 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. Main attractions of the complex include the NBC Sports Arena and its 32-foot HDTV.

Venues

NBC Sports Arena

The first of its kind, NBC Sports Arena is the largest of the five venues inside Xfinity Live! At 32-feet tall, the venue holds one of the largest high definition televisions on the East Coast. The sports bar, in partnership with NBC Sports, offers bar food and a unique viewing experience for all major sporting events. NBC Sports Arena also holds two of Philadelphia's most popular food options: Chickie's & Pete's and Geno's Steaks.

References

  1. ^ Klein, Michael (December 15, 2011). "Philly Live!? No, Xfinity Live!". Philly.com.
  2. ^ "The Cordish Companies - Xfinity Live!". cordish.com. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  3. ^ Messeroll, Jeff (July 1, 2010). "Philly Live! talking". South Philly Review. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2011.

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Drive-in theater

A drive-in theater or drive-in cinema is a form of cinema structure consisting of a large outdoor movie screen, a projection booth, a concession stand and a large parking area for automobiles. Within this enclosed area, customers can view movies from the privacy and comfort of their cars. Some drive-ins have small playgrounds for children and a few picnic tables or benches.

The screen can be as simple as a wall that is painted white, or it can be a steel truss structure with a complex finish. Originally, the movie's sound was provided by speakers on the screen and later by individual speakers hung from the window of each car, which were attached by wire. These systems were superseded by the more economical and easier to maintain method of broadcasting the soundtrack at a low output power on AM or FM radio to be picked up by a car radio. This also allows the soundtrack to be picked up in stereo by the audience on an in-car stereo system which is typically higher quality and fidelity than the simple speakers used in the old systems.

Geno's Steaks

Geno's Steaks is a Philadelphia restaurant specializing in cheesesteaks, founded in 1966 by Joey Vento. Geno's is located in South Philadelphia at the intersection of 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, directly across the street from rival Pat's King of Steaks, which is generally credited with having invented the cheesesteak in 1933. The cheesesteak has since become a signature dish for the city of Philadelphia. After Joey Vento's death in 2011, restaurant ownership was passed to his son Geno Vento.

Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia

Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia is a planned casino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, expected to open in 2020. It is planned to have 240 hotel rooms, 2,000 slot machines, and 125 table games. It is being developed by a joint venture of The Cordish Companies and Greenwood Racing. Cordish also operates Xfinity Live! Philadelphia nearby.

NRG station

NRG station (formerly known as AT&T station and still commonly referred to as Pattison station) is the southern terminus of SEPTA's Broad Street Line, located at 3600 South Broad Street, at the intersection of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in the South Philadelphia area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Naming rights for the station were sold in 2010 to AT&T for five years. Naming rights were passed to NRG Energy in 2018.

Reed Cordish

Reed S. Cordish (born June 18, 1974) is a fourth-generation American real estate developer, former professional tennis player, and former senior aide to President Donald Trump.Cordish is a principal and partner at his family-owned Baltimore-based real estate investment and development firm The Cordish Companies

where he was also affiliated with Entertainment Consulting International, a susbsidary of The Cordish Companies.

Spectrum (arena)

The Spectrum (later known as CoreStates Spectrum, First Union Spectrum and Wachovia Spectrum) was an indoor arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Opened in the fall of 1967 as part of what is now known as the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, after several expansions of its seating capacity it accommodated 18,168 for basketball and 17,380 for ice hockey, arena football, indoor soccer, and box lacrosse.

The last event at the Spectrum was a Pearl Jam concert on October 31, 2009. The arena was demolished between November 2010 and May 2011.

The Cordish Companies

The Cordish Companies (previously The Cordish Company) is a U.S.-based real estate development and entertainment operating company with its headquarters on the 6th floor of the Pratt Street Power Plant in Baltimore, Maryland. It was founded in 1910 by Louis Cordish. In 1933, his son Paul L. Cordish joined the business, then in 1968, Paul’s son David S. Cordish joined the firm and serves as its chairman and CEO. As of 2014, all three of David’s sons, Jonathan, Blake, and Reed Cordish, serve as Vice Presidents of The Cordish Companies with responsibilities over Private Equity Holdings, Real Estate Development and Entertainment Management divisions.The Cordish Companies has experience in the following disciplines of real estate: Commercial Real Estate, Coworking Spaces, Entertainment Districts, Gaming, Hotels, International Development, Private Equity, Residential, Restaurants and Sports-Anchored Districts. The Cordish Companies has been awarded seven ULI Awards for Excellence for positively impacting the cities in which they develop.

Xfinity Center

Xfinity Center may refer to any of these places in the United States:

Xfinity Center (Mansfield, Massachusetts), an amphitheatre in Mansfield, Massachusetts

Xfinity Center (College Park, Maryland), an arena and activities center at the University of Maryland

Current programs
National channels
NBC Sports Regional Networks
Occasional programming
Occasional broadcasters
Other properties
Former programs

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