Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia)

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Wells Fargo Center
The Broadstreet Arena
The Wells Fargo Center (2010)
The Wells Fargo Center (2010)
Earlier names

CoreStates Center (1996–1998)
First Union Center (1998–2003)
Wachovia Center (2003–2010)

place 3601 South Broad Street Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19148
United StatesUnited States 
Coordinates 39 ° 54 ′ 4 ″  N , 75 ° 10 ′ 19 ″  W Coordinates: 39 ° 54 ′ 4 ″  N , 75 ° 10 ′ 19 ″  W
owner Comcast Spectator LP
operator Comcast Spectacor
start of building September 14, 1994
opening August 13, 1996
surface Concrete
ice surface
artificial turf
costs 210 million US dollars
architect Ellerbe Becket
capacity 21,600 places (basketball)
19,519 places (ice hockey)
17,486 places (arena football)

The Wells Fargo Center is a multi-purpose arena in the US city ​​of Philadelphia in the US state of Pennsylvania . It is the home of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In addition, the Philadelphia Soul teams from the Arena Football League (AFL) and the Villanova Wildcats ( NCAA - Big East Conference ) use the hall in addition to the Finneran Pavilion with 6,500 seats.


The arena was completed in 1996 on the site of the former John F. Kennedy Stadium , the construction costs amounted to 206 million  US dollars , most of which was raised by private investors. The building is located in the southeast area of ​​the South Philadelphia Sports Complex , which also includes Lincoln Financial Field and Citizens Bank Park . The previous arena, the Philadelphia Spectrum , was part of it until it was demolished .

Former logo of the Wachovia Center

The arena's spectator capacity for basketball games is 21,600 and 19,519 for ice hockey games . The Wells Fargo Center also offers 126 luxury suites and 1,880 box seats. Originally the name sponsor of the arena was CoreStates Bank, which agreed to pay 40 million US dollars for it, but in 1998 the naming rights were transferred to First Union Bank and five years later to Wachovia Bank, which gave the hall its name gave. In 2010, Wells Fargo was given a new name and the arena has been called Wells Fargo Center since then.

In March 2018, plans for the modernization of the event hall were published. The 76ers and Flyers venue is to be brought up to date with the latest technology by 2021 for around 200 million euros . A new building was also included in the planning, but the decision was made against it at costs of around 605 million euros. In February 2019, further details of the modernization became known. The $ 250 million work entitled “Transformation 2020” will take several years. The hall to the first kinetic 4K - video scoreboard that was installed in a hall under the roof obtained. The system can u. a. can be moved vertically and with a total of 6,000  m² has a 65% larger LED screen area than the old system. In addition to the new video system some are VIP - boxes in Court- and rink-side suites are converted. The corridors in the arena are to be widened by a few meters. The installation of 8,000 new seats with cup holders and new windows facing north with a view of the city skyline is also planned. The range of stands for drinks and food is to be expanded, as well as the renewal of the players' changing rooms and the replacement of the flooring are on the list of works.


During the NHL lockout in the 2004/05 season , the Flyers farm team , the Philadelphia Phantoms , used the hall to move their home games from the old Wachovia Spectrum to the new arena. With a backdrop of 20,103 spectators in the 4th final game of the Calder Cup , the Phantoms also clearly broke their own attendance record during the AHL play-offs .

In addition, other sports events, such as B. College basketball (record setting for such a game in Pennsylvania at the clash of Villanova University and UConn ) and hosted numerous concerts. So occurred u. a. various artists and bands such as the Guns N 'Roses (December 6, 2002, Chinese Democracy Tour ), Billy Joel (2006) or Britney Spears (2011, Femme Fatale Tour ) in the Wells Fargo Center.


Web links

Commons : Wells Fargo Center  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Update for the Wells Fargo Center. In: stadionwelt.de. March 6, 2018, accessed February 14, 2019 .
  2. ^ Wells Fargo Center Reveals Next Phase Of Extensive, Multi-Year Redesign. In: wellsfargocenterphilly.com. March 5, 2018, accessed February 14, 2019 .
  3. ^ Premiere at the Wells Fargo Center. In: stadionwelt.de. February 12, 2019, accessed February 14, 2019 .
  4. ^ Wells Fargo Center to Introduce the World's First Kinetic 4K Center-Hung Scoreboard. In: wellsfargocenterphilly.com. February 11, 2019, accessed February 14, 2019 .
  5. setlist.fm: Concert list of the CoreStates Center , the First Union Center , the Wachovia Center and the Wells Fargo Center (English)