Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia Flyers
Cheesesteaks And Men On Skates
Philadelphia is a sports fan’s mecca with every possible franchise at the professional level and more than 20 area colleges offering athletic programs. One of the busiest sports venues throughout the year is the Wells Fargo Center. Opening in 1996, the arena plays host to the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, the Philadelphia 76er’s of the NBA, the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and selected college basketball games of the Villanova Wildcats. Wells Fargo Center has a seating capacity of 19,600 for hockey and 21,000 for basketball. The facility offers 126 suites and 1,880 club box seats.
The Flyers have been part of the Philadelphia sports scene since 1967, winning two Stanley Cups in their first eight seasons. Outside of the Original 6, the Flyers have the most appearances in the conference finals and are second only to the St. Louis Blues in playoff appearances. They moved to the Wells Fargo Center in 1996 from their original home in the Spectrum. Some of the most successful players for the Flyers in the Wells Fargo Center era are Eric Lindros, Jeremy Roenick, Peter Forsberg, John LeClair AND Claude Giroux.
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The food and beverage offerings at the Wells Fargo Center cover about every type of food a fan could want. In addition to the usual arena fare you will be able to find many of the foods Philadelphia is known for, including outlets for Chickie and Pete’s, Campo’s Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks and Lorenzo’s Pizza. Other restaurants with stands at the arena include Shake Shack, The Loop Artesian Pretzels, Crown Food’s Funnel Cake, Nick’s Roast Beef, Dietz and Watson’s and Old City Brewhouse.
A sampling of prices for some of the more commonly purchased items includes hot dogs ($6), pizza ($4.75), cheesesteaks ($10), chicken sandwiches ($6), hamburgers ($10), popcorn ($5) and pretzels ($5). Brand sodas are sold in the arena for $6 for a regular size and $7.50 for the souvenir size. Domestic beers are $8 and premium brands are $11.
There are two sit-down restaurants within Wells Fargo Center. The Cure Insurance Club opens two hours prior to the contest and offers food from Chickie and Pete’s as well as Campo’s. There are more than 30 TV’s for you to watch games from around the league over the bar. P.J. Welihans offers pub style food and has a great selection of craft beers.
Wells Fargo Center provides an electric atmosphere for Flyer games from the moment you pass through any of the main entryways into the arena. The orange and black colors of the team are everywhere, as almost every fan in the building will be wearing a Flyers jersey. Several corporate sponsors will be present giving away a wide variety of hockey memorabilia. You’ll want to take a full lap around the lower concourse, as there are several exhibits spread out around Wells Fargo Arena celebrating the history of the Flyers. These include a display of all the captains of the team through the years as well as a salute to the coaches who have guided the team. Another interesting exhibit displays hats collected off the ice after a Flyer player scored a hat trick. The team stores are filled with all manner of hockey attire, collectibles and team caps.
Once in the seating bowl you will be in for a real treat, as the Wells Fargo Center does a fabulous pregame show, projecting hockey images onto the ice during player introductions. If you are lucky enough to be at a key game in the Flyer season, you will be able to experience a distinctly Flyer tradition. Back in the days of the Broad Street Bullies and a two-year reign as Stanley Cup champions, the Flyers saw Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America” as a good luck charm. Mrs. Smith has been gone for several decades, but the Flyers have their own in-house soloist sing her own stirring rendition before the big games. It still seems to bring out the best in the Flyers!
During the breaks in the action, the game hosts help to emcee a variety of trivia games, kiss and dance cams and other fun activities. In between periods there is usually a pee wee hockey game to entertain the crowd.
The Wells Fargo Center has state of the art electronics to keep the excitement high throughout the game. The center hung scoreboard keeps fans up to date on shots on goal, penalty time and other valuable information related to the game. It frequently shows replays of great stops by a goaltender or other significant action from the ice. Home team goals are greeted with flashing lights and a very loud foghorn that will rattle your teeth.
Wells Fargo Arena is in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. Its immediate neighbors include Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles and Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Sports Complex is located five miles south of the Philadelphia Historic District and three miles north of Philadelphia International Airport off I-95. The stadiums do not schedule concurrent events so that the parking facilities can be shared amongst each other.
The complex is somewhat isolated as far as having restaurants located nearby, but there are two exceptions. Xfinity Live! is an eat / drink / entertainment center located off the same parking lot as the stadiums. The facility includes 1100 Social, the PBR Club, Victory Beer Hall and the NBC Sports Arena. This area offers a huge screen for viewing parties for the different Philadelphia sports franchises when they are on the road. The closest lodging to Wells Fargo Center is the Holiday Inn – Philadelphia Stadium. It is located adjacent to the Sports Complex as well.
It would be a shame to confine your visit to Philadelphia to just sports events. Downtown and the Philadelphia Historic District are just five miles from the Wells Fargo Center. It is an easy drive, or you can board the Broad Street Subway line (Orange Line) at the AT&T / Pattison Avenue Station. You’ll quickly be visiting the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and of course… the Rocky Balboa statue. Hum the theme song as you climb the countless steps, then turn around and give all of Philadelphia your best victory pose! One other suggestion is to check out the many wonderful museums throughout the city.
Philadelphia fans are legendary for their boisterous behavior. The Flyer fans are opinionated and quick to voice their displeasure at a referee or linesman’s call. They also enjoy ragging the visitors, as it is a Philadelphia tradition to yell “SUCKS” after each player from the visiting team is announced. All of this is done in good humor to basically disrupt the visitors planning to during breaks and to try to encourage the officiating crew to “even out” any calls made against the Flyers.
The truth is, the Flyer fans are amongst the most loyal fan bases in the NHL. They proudly wear their orange jerseys and are very knowledgeable on the history and accomplishments of each Flyer player on the ice. Visitors may feel intimidated at first, but the Philadelphia fans quickly put them at ease, as there is no personal animosity involved.
Philadelphia is one of the largest cities on the I-95 corridor in the northeastern section of the country. As a result, traffic can become a major issue, especially when a winter storm comes through. In most cases I-95 is the most direct way to the Wells Fargo Center, which is located just off the Broad Street / Sports Complex exit. Once you exit there are more than 6,000 parking spaces available in and around the arena. If you are coming south from downtown Philadelphia, a second option is to take the Orange Line of the Broad Street Subway Line south to the AT& T Station (Pattison Avenue).
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There is not a “standard” ticket price when you go online to buy a ticket to a game. This is because the Wells Fargo Center employs a variable pricing structure like the airlines (i.e., the more popular the game…. the more the ticket costs). Games involving longtime rivals such as Pittsburgh, Boston and New York will always be higher priced. To save on tickets: 1) Buy the tickets as early as possible to avoid a sellers’ market. 2) Try to find games during the week, as weekend games are almost always more expensive. 3) Explore secondary market sites like Ticket Monster or StubHub to find deals from fans who are unable to attend and want to get rid of their tickets. Single game tickets run from $65 for an upper level end zone seat to more than $300 for a seat at mid-ice on the lower level. Parking at the Wells Fargo Center runs around $20 and concessions are more expensive inside the arena than outside the arena. We suggest you eat at one of South Philadelphia’s many locally owned restaurants in the area.
The Wells Fargo Center has hosted a variety of ice hockey events over the years. In addition to the Flyers home games, the facility has been the site of the AHL All Star Game, the 1997 and 2010 Stanley Cup Finals and the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four.
Due to its heavy schedule of events, the arena must be able to convert the facility from one sport to another very efficiently. It takes two hours and ten minutes to change the arena from a basketball floor to a hockey rink.
The Wells Fargo Center must hold the record for most banners hanging from the rafters. In addition to saluting both the Flyers and 76er’s championships, there are banners honoring the star players who have had their numbers retired over the years. Villanova University also hangs its NCAA and Big East banners at the arena. Even musical artists such as Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen have banners in their names, saluting them for having more than 50 concerts each in the Wells Fargo Center.
The city of Philadelphia deserves its own extra for its wealth of history and its great food.
The City of Brotherly Love did not earn its name because of its sports fans. However, it is hard to criticize them for their passion and love for their sports teams. The Wells Fargo Center provides a wonderful venue to watch some of the most heated and storied rivalries in professional sports.
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Latest Crowd Reviews
Wells Fargo Center is an impressive arena. It is large, but has the intimacy of a much smaller venue. With fans that enthusiastically support their team, they also get to experience a venue that has a staff that welcomes and engages all fans.
The Flyers have some of the most dedicated and passionate fans you&#039ll come across south of the border. That can rub some visiting fans the wrong way, but unless you are provoking the hometowners, you won&#039t have any issues. Wells Fargo Arena is a great big arena with excellent sight lines throughout. Its major drawback is its location. While it&#039s great to have all your stadiums in one place, it doesn&#039t leave much room for anything but parking lots. The South Philly neighborhood beyond these lots is nothing to get too excited about, either. With the Flyers starting to pile up losses so far in 17-18, more empty seats are noticeable.