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Wells Fargo Center

Philadelphia, PA

Home of the Philadelphia Flyers

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


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Year Opened: 1996

Capacity: 19,519

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Taking a Flyer

The Philadelphia Flyers began play in 1967, playing in the historic Spectrum. Often referred to by the Broad Street Bullies nickname, the franchise has a long history of success, and is known as being a hard-edged hockey team with equally hardened fans.

During the 1973–74 and 1974–75 seasons, the Flyers hoisted the Stanley Cup. They also played for the championship eight total times, most recently in 1997 and 2010. Those successes, coupled with their 16 division titles, 35 playoff appearances and over 3,500 wins, means that this is one of the most successful teams in hockey history. Center Bobby Clarke and Goalie Bernie Parent are just a couple of the famous names to play for the franchise.

This building opened in 1996 as the CoreStates Center, and is home not just to the Flyers but to the 76ers, Wings (National Lacrosse League), Soul (Arena Football League), as well as selected Villanova Wildcats basketball games. It is part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex with fellow venues Lincoln Financial Field and Citizens Bank Park. It is a large arena, holding 19,519 seats, and is a venue for the largest touring concerts and events that come through the area. It is a busy place.

4.4

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 Wells Fargo Center has a pretty incredible variety of food options. The main concourse has a large variety of almost every food type. And the upper concourse patrons are not forgotten, as pretty much all food options can be found there, as well.

Sodas are $5.25 and $7 throughout the facility. And most booths sell nachos ($6.50), popcorn ($5), pizza slices ($4.75) and baked chicken sandwiches ($7).

Hot dogs at $5 are the most common and reasonable choice throughout the arena. Adding to the variety of options is that the coffee vendor is Canadian favorite Tim Horton's. I assume they are here because of the popularity of this venue as a hockey facility. It is pretty good tasting coffee, as well, but I do wish they sold donuts.

Campos is a local cheesesteak restaurant in the Philadelphia area. They have a few stands in the Wells Fargo Center and offer a pretty good version of a local cheesesteak for $10. If you did not get one before the game, this is a good choice eating spot during the game.

Local sports bar Chickie's and Pete's also has a few locations inside the arena. The staple here is their Crab Fries, which cost $10.50. You must try them at least once. They also offer a pretty good chicken cutlet sandwich, available plain or in buffalo-style, for $9.75.

PJ Whelihan's is a full-sized bar that offers a variety of beer and food choices. Beer is not cheap, starting at $8.25, but at least the selection will make it worth it. Just watch out for the $11 premium can of beer seen throughout the facility.

The Cure Insurance Club is sort of a built-in food court with a bar, as well. It is large and offers a good spot for meeting up with friends. Once again, watch for the expensive beer selection.

A popular dessert option is Gozen Yogurt, a self-topping yogurt bar.

Atmosphere    5

Philadelphia fans have a reputation in the sports world. And some of that reputation is probably justified. But you will also find that Flyers fans, in particular, are one of the most knowledgeable fan bases and are passionate about their team and hockey.

The games do not have many of the more gimmicky events going along with them, as are seen at NBA games and other events. The focus here is hockey. The fans are loud when they need to be and quiet when the time for quiet is needed.

The Flyers employ their own performer for the National Anthem, keeping a consistent and respectful tone. In 1969 the Philadelphia Flyers began to play Kate Smith's version of God Bless America before games. It was believed that the playing of this song was good luck and assured victory. Later, her second time playing the song before a game at The Spectrum arena, was before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on May 19, 1974 against the Boston Bruins. The Flyers won the Stanley Cup that year. They also won the Cup the following year, and it was believed to be because Kate sang it again live on May 13, 1975 before game 7 versus the New York Islanders. The song is rarely played today, but if you are lucky, the Flyers may still break out a video of her singing the song for good luck before important games.

The concourse area also will have hockey clubs, events and other things to keep the atmosphere at a high level. Once you enter the Wells Fargo Center, you are sure to be entertained.

Neighborhood    4

The stadium complex is located some distance from the downtown parts of the city. I would have loved to rate it higher, but you will want to venture away from the Wells Fargo Center a little for a good time.

There are still some local options, though. Located closest is the Xfinity Live complex in the same parking lot. It is a quick walk from Xfinity Live back to the Wells Fargo Center. 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. There is also a year-round bar called McFadden's located at Citizens Bank Park across the street.

Located just a short bit away is the Chickie's and Pete's flagship location on Packard Avenue. This massive sports bar has numerous smaller bars inside, hundreds of screens, video games and some serious food. The Crab Fries also offered in the arena are obviously a star here. Also check out my favorite, the chicken cheesesteak. You can park at Chickie's and Pete's 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 Philip's Steaks at 2234 West Passyunk Avenue for traditional Philly cheesesteaks. This is not one of the more touristy spots, but is still in a safe neighborhood and offers free parking. Philip's also has a surprisingly good cheeseburger for a cheesesteak joint. Just remember you have to buy the drinks and fries at a different window than your main entree, which is a strange and unique Philly tradition.

The rest of Philadelphia is available to you on a short ride away on the Broad Street subway line. I would recommend Brauhaus Schmitz at 718 South Street Chinatown for some good German food. Take the subway to the Lombard South Station and walk down South Street east until you get to the restaurant. Try the Stopfleberwurst.

Fans    5

The fans will swear at an occasional player. And they will yell "suck" at the opposing team's introduction, and at the officials. But you will still find that a family atmosphere accompanies a Flyer game. Just know what to expect going into the game and be forewarned of this. Frankly, 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, as there are over 6,000 spaces available throughout eight lots at $16 a piece. A pretty good value is a $7 lot on the opposite side of Lincoln Financial Field that an outside vendor runs.

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

Tickets for the Flyers are hard to get. The Flyers have nearly 18,000 season ticket holders. So they sell a little over a thousand tickets to each game for individuals. So do not walk up to the ticket office last second and expect to get a seat. It just won't happen.

If you do not want to be a season ticket holder, the secondary market is your best option. Just expect to pay a larger amount for games against conference rivals or when big names are in town. Usually the prices are cheapest about three days before the game and may go up again right before the puck drops.

Food and parking are expensive, but are in the average range compared to other similar venues. You do get good value for your money, even at those prices.

Extras    3

The Cure Insurance Club is much more than just a restaurant/bar. it is also a good pre and post game meeting spot. Bands and entertainment may also be available to keep the atmosphere lively.

The concourse of the Wells Fargo Center has historical displays for the Flyers and 76ers, as well as other historical sporting events and entertainment events from the past. Spend some time checking in on how the Flyers franchise has fared in the past.

Be sure to look at the banners that adorn the rafters of the arena. Besides ones for the Flyers, 76ers and Wings, you will also see banners commemorating the sellout concerts from Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.

Final Thoughts

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.

Hey Philly..........

There is a way to stop the fans from Dropping the "S"-Bomb after the names of the opposing players, you just dont announce the lineup for the visting teams, just for Philly only.......a lot of other teams do it this way. We can too.

by CoffeehouseBeagle | Apr 30, 2013 11:37 AM

Neighborhood

Ummm Chickies and petes is a few blocks away and McFaddens at the Bank is not your run of the mill irish bar...And Xfinity Live was just built

by captainamerica23 | Jul 12, 2013 05:57 PM

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Crowd Reviews

Wells Fargo Center, Home of the Philadelphia Flyers

Total Score: 3.86

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

Wells Fargo Center is the home of the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers. Built near the soon to be demolished Spectrum, it 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 two time defending National League Champion Phillies.

The first of the three to be built, the Wells Fargo Center is all glitz and glamour, but it lacks the Spectrum's soul.

Hard to Beat the Center

Total Score: 3.71

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

This is one of the premier venues in the NHL; from its rabid fan base to its open interior, it practically started the trend of the new arenas across the US and Canada. It's not the dearly-departed Spectrum, but in cases like comfort and maneuverability of the concourses, that's a good thing.

If only was in an actual, walkable neighborhood, it could be one of the best in the country for any purpose.

Wells Fargo Center, Home of the Philadelphia Flyers

Total Score: 3.86

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

Wells Fargo Center is the home of the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers. Built near the soon to be demolished Spectrum, it 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 two time defending National League Champion Phillies.

The first of the three to be built, the Wells Fargo Center is all glitz and glamour, but it lacks the Spectrum's soul.

Been There many times with my boys!

Total Score: 4.29

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

Saw Stanley cup final vs Blackhawks

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Taking a Flyer

Total Score: 3.14

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

The Wells Fargo Center replaced the Spectrum as the home of the Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers. The building is twice the size and the new concourses are spectacular, with plenty of eats and activities, but it’s tough to replace the home of the Broad Street Bullies.

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Local Food & Drink

Chickie's and Pete's  (map it!)

1526 Packer Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19145

(215) 218-0500

http://www.chickiesandpetes.com/

McFadden's  (map it!)

1 Citizens Bank Way

Philadelphia, PA 19148

(215) 952-0300

http://www.mcfaddensballpark.com/

Medora's Mecca  (map it!)

3101 S 13th St

Philadelphia, PA 19148

(215) 336-1655

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Philip's Steaks  (map it!)

2234 West Passyunk Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19145

(215) 755-4820

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2628 South St

Philadelphia, PA 19146

(215) 219-2682

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