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Wells Fargo Center

Philadelphia, PA

Home of the Philadelphia Wings

3.9

3.6

Wells Fargo Center (map it)
3601 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19148


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Wells Fargo Center website

Year Opened: 1996

Capacity: 19,537

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Wings & Things

The Wells Fargo Center is part of the Philadelphia Sports Complex. It is located on historic land. John F. Kennedy Stadium, where the Live Aid Concert occurred back in 1985, was at this exact spot. Also the John F. Kennedy Stadium was the longtime home to the Army-Navy football game. The Spectrum Arena was, until recently, also located across the parking lot.

This arena is now home to the 76ers, Flyers and occasional Villanova basketball games. The other resident team is the National Lacrosse League’s Philadelphia Wings.

The Wings are one of the biggest successes of this surprisingly long lasting indoor, box lacrosse league. Numerous championships and winning teams have resulted in a history of very good attendance.

3.9

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

The Wings only use the lower bowl of the arena. There is a large amount and variety of food choices on the main concourse, although an occasional stand is not used.

Hot dogs ($5) are the most common choice, but since this is Philadelphia it is not problematic to find a good cheesesteak. "Wit" or "witout" onions are the acceptable choices.

Local, legendary sports bar Chickie's and Pete's has a stand offering their famous Crab Fries. They are a must try.

PJ Whelihan's offers a full size bar environment, while the Cure Insurance Club is sort of a built-in food court with a bar as well.

A popular place at the Wings game seems to be Gozen Yogurt, a self-topping yogurt bar.

Atmosphere    3

With only the lower bowl being used, there is sure to be some cavernous empty spaces around the arena. But the crowd fills in nicely, and makes for a pretty loud atmosphere.

Loud rock music is played throughout the whole game. This is unusual as most sporting events turn the music off during game play. It is disruptive, but still strangely enjoyable. Expect to hear the greatest hits of Van Halen, Green Day and Ozzy.

The Wings staff also does a good job of engaging the crowd and getting them into the game.

Neighborhood    4

This is Philadelphia, but the stadium complex is located some distance from the city. You will want to venture away from the Wells Fargo Center a little for a good time.

First up is the Xfinity Live complex located right on the grounds. Basically it is like a food court of bars. Food is also good here and offers a decent variety, although not at the cheapest prices. The star attraction here is the 32 foot screen at the NBC Sports Arena. The Victory Beer Hall is also another fine venue, especially for local brews. It is a quick walk from Xfinity Live back to the Well Fargo Center.

Located just a small walk away is Chickie's and Pete's flagship location. This massive sports bar has numerous smaller bars inside, hundreds of screens and some serious food. The Crab Fries also offered in the arena are obviously a star here. Also check out the chicken cheesesteak. You can park here for some games and they offer a shuttle bus to the games ("The Taxi Crab"). Just make sure you follow parking rules as they will be quick to tow you if you don't.

Some of the best cheesesteaks are located at Tony Luke's on Oregon Avenue underneath I-95. Don't fall for the more touristy Pat and Geno's. Tony Luke's offers more options with much better flavor. They are located further away from the Wells Fargo Center so you will need a car. It makes for a great stop pre game. Not that a post game stop would be bad either.

The rest of Philadelphia is available to you on a short ride away on the Broad Street subway line. The options in this city are numerous, although Good Dog Bar & Restaurant at 224 S. 15th Street is a good choice.

Fans    4

Philadelphia fans have a reputation of being loud and aggressive. Wings fans fit right into that mold. During introductions each opposing players name is followed by a loud "suck" by the fans.

During the game the crowd is lively and into the game action. There will be the occasional curse words heard around the arena. Although the Wings offer a pretty good family atmosphere you should be forewarned of this. But it is Philadelphia so you should expect this.

Access    5

The sports complex is located right off of I-95 with massive parking lots in the area. Even with big crowds there should be no problem with access. Parking prices vary by the event and by the lot. It will not be cheap, but it will be convenient.

If using public transportation you will likely find yourself using the only corporate sponsored subway station that I know of, the AT&T station of the Broad Street Line.

Return on Investment    4

Ticket prices range from $10 and up. There are numerous special deals available. Be on the lookout for Groupon specials as well.

Numerous skyboxes are also in use during the Wings games. Single game rentals for these are cheaper than at other events at the Wells Fargo Center.

Extras    2

If you are a fan of the 76ers or Flyers, spend some time at the large souvenir stand offering merchandise from both teams. Of course, Wings gear will be available as well. Flyers fans will also enjoy some various history exhibits of glory gone past.

Final Thoughts

Even if you are not the biggest lacrosse fan you will find an enjoyable family experience at a Philadelphia Wings game. Although you may want to bring some ear plugs if you have sensitive ears.

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Crowd Reviews

Rising Up

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 1

Wells Fargo Center is the home of approximately 97 professional sports franchises, including Philadelphia’s Flyers, 76ers, Soul and the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Built near the ruins of the Spectrum, the arena is part of the massive Philadelphia Sports Complex, which includes Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Eagles, and Citizens Bank Park, home of the 2008 World Champion Phillies.

The first of the three facilities to be built, the Wells Fargo Center is very pretty and super shiny. When the Wings play, you can almost at times feel the vibe of the old Spectrum. But it just isn’t gritty enough. Some might say that’s a good thing.

Wings have a prayer

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Closing the entire upper deck does make a Wings game a cozier event, but the sight lines are not as good from behind the goals, especially with the white netting that is used for hockey games. An $8 charge on all tickets at the box office is crazy for a second-tier sport like the NLL. With the same food options available at Flyers and Sixers games, you get variety but at a cost. The music that plays during the action annoys me to no end. After 24 years, the Wings still draw well, but some minor improvements could make this a much better experience.

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Chickie's & Pete's  (map it!)

1526 Packer Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19145

(215) 218-0500

http://www.chickiesandpetes.com/

Xfinity Live!  (map it!)

1100 Pattison Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19148

(215) 952-1234

http://www.xfinitylive.com/

McFadden's  (map it!)

1 Citizens Bank Way

Philadelphia, PA 19148

(215) 952-0300

http://www.mcfaddensballpark.com/

Victory Beer Hall  (map it!)

1100 Pattison Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19148

(267) 443-6418

http://xfinitylive.com/index.cfm?page=dine-drink-play&venue=2

Tony Luke’s  (map it!)

39 E Oregon Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19148

(215) 551-5725

http://www.tonylukes.com/

Good Dog Bar & Restaurant  (map it!)

224 S 15th St

Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 985-9600

http://www.gooddogbar.com/

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Philadelphia Stadium Holiday Inn  (map it!)

900 Packer Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19148

(215) 755-9500

http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/philadelphia/phlps/hoteldetail

South Bridge Bed and Breakfast  (map it!)

2628 South St

Philadelphia, PA 19146

(215) 219-2682

http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/pa-philadelphia-southbridgebedandbreakfast-page.html

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