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The Wells Fargo Center[1][2] is a multi-use indoor arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was called Spectrum II before it was built. It has previously been called the CoreStates Center, First Union Center and Wachovia Center.

The Wells Fargo Center is the home arena of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League, and the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. The Center was finished in 1996 to replace the Spectrum as the home arena of the Flyers, 76ers, and Wings. It was built on the former site of John F. Kennedy Stadium (originally Philadelphia Municipal Stadium). The cost of it was $210 million, and it was mostly privately financed (though the city and state helped to pay for the local infrastructure). It is owned by Comcast Spectacor, which also owns the Flyers. Global Spectrum operates the arena. Comcast Spectacor also owns Global Spectrum.

The Wells Fargo Center is at the southwest corner of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. Some of the buildings there are Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, and Xfinity Live!.

Facilities

Wells Fargo Center before a 76ers game on the old floor design.

The Center officially seats 20,318 for NBA and NCAA basketball games and 19,537 for NHL hockey and indoor ("box") NLL lacrosse. With more standing-room areas available in luxury and club-box suites, the total paid capacity is actually more than that. The Center has 126 luxury suites, 1,880 club-box seats, and a many restaurants and clubs (both public and private) available for use by patrons. The offices, studios, and production facilities of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia are all located in the facility.

On June 9, 2010, the Center set the record for the highest attendance for an indoor hockey game in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania (20,327) when the Flyers lost Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks.[3] The Center also set a record for the highest attendances for a college basketball game in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania on February 13, 2006, when Villanova University played and defeated the #1 ranked University of Connecticut before a crowd of 20,859.[4]

On August 1, 2006, Comcast Spectacor announced it would add a new center-hung scoreboard to replace the original one made by Daktronics. The new scoreboard, manufactured by ANC Sports is like other scoreboards in new NBA & NHL arenas. Another linear LED display lining the entire arena was also added between the suite and mezzanine levels. Other renovations for the Center's ten-year anniversary included upgrading the suites with more flat screen TV's, as well as changing ticket providers from Ticketmaster to New Era Tickets, which is owned by Comcast Spectacor.

The PA announcer at the Center for Flyers games is Lou Nolan, who moved with the team from the Spectrum, where he has worked since 1972. Matt Cord is the PA announcer for 76ers games. Jim Bachman is the PA announcer for Villanova basketball games. Kevin Casey handles PA duties for the Philadelphia Wings.

Tenants

Full time

Part time

Former part time

  • Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL); the Flyers' AHL development club played some regular season and Calder Cup playoff games at the Center each season between 1996 and 2009 when the Spectrum was unavailable because of other events.
  • Philadelphia Soul of the original AFL; split games between the Center and the Spectrum between 2004 and 2008. The AFL folded in 2009. The Soul returned in 2011 (see above).

Capacity

The capacity for 76ers games:

  • 20,444 (1996-2006)[5]
  • 20,318 (2006-2010)[6]
  • 20,328 (2010–present)[7]

The capacity for Flyers games:

  • 19,463 (1996-1997)[8]
  • 19,511 (1997-1998)[9]
  • 19,519 (1998-2003)[5]
  • 19,523 (2003-2008)[10]
  • 19,537 (2008–present)[11]


References

  1. Seravalli, Frank (July 2, 2010). "It's Officially the Wells Fargo Center". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Holdings). http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/97648719.html. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  2. O'Brien, James (July 2, 2010). "Flyers' Arena Undergoes Name Change from Wachovia to Wells Fargo Center". NBC Sports. NBC Universal. http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2010/07/flyers-arena-undergoes-name-change-from-wachovia-to-wells-fargo-center.php. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  3. "Flyers Break Single-Season Attendance Record". National Hockey League. June 9, 2010. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=531345. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
  4. "Connecticut vs. Villanova - Box Score". ESPN. February 13, 2006. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=260440222. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Eichel, Larry (December 29, 2002). "Attendance dips for Flyers, 76ers". The Philadelphia Inquirer. http://articles.philly.com/2002-12-29/sports/25359687_1_sixers-comcast-spectacor-ventures-first-union-center/2. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  6. Juliano, Joe (December 12, 2006). "76ers Playing Transition Game Empty: A.I.'s Things are Gone, but Losing Streak Continues". The Philadelphia Inquirer. http://articles.philly.com/2006-12-12/sports/25398740_1_sixers-locker-allen-iverson. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  7. Gabriel, Kerith (October 27, 2010). "Visit by Heat's James, Wade, and Bosh Makes Opener a Hot Ticket". The Philadelphia Inquirer. http://articles.philly.com/2010-10-27/sports/24953008_1_stubhub-sixers-hot-ticket. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  8. Blockus, Gary R. (October 6, 1996). "Flyers Get Robbed Again By Vanbiesbrouck The Beezer Turns Away 31 Shots To Break In `The Vault'". The Morning Call (Allentown). http://articles.mcall.com/1996-10-06/sports/3125333_1_john-vanbiesbrouck-eric-desjardins-center-ice. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  9. Moran, Edward (April 21, 1997). "Quiet A Difference In The Arenas It's Same Fans, But Just Not As Loud". Philadelphia Daily News. http://articles.philly.com/1997-04-21/sports/25532291_1_lower-bowl-luxury-seating-fan. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  10. "2003 National Hockey League Franchise Directory". SportsBusiness Journal. September 29, 2003. http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2003/09/20030929/Special-Report/2003-National-Hockey-League-Franchise-Directory.aspx. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  11. Carchidi, Sam (January 12, 2009). "Biron Regaining His Playoff Touch". The Philadelphia Inquirer. http://articles.philly.com/2009-01-12/sports/25279656_1_defenseman-braydon-coburn-flyers-figure-penguins-coach-michel-therrien. Retrieved February 5, 2013.