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October 13, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
I HAD THE pleasure on Friday of going to Nitro Circus, the death-defying "action sport collective" led by Annapolis, Md.-born motor-sport stuntman Travis Pastrana . He and his team of dirt-bike riding, high-flying, base-jumping thrill-seekers wowed an audience of thousands at the Wells Fargo Center (3601 S. Broad St.) - the first stop on their North American tour. Thanks to my buddy Steve Christini , owner of Philadelphia-based Christini All Wheel Drive motorcycles, I met backstage with Canadian-born Jolene Van Vugt , a/k/a "Nitro Girl," the first woman in history to ever backflip a dirt bike.
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July 27, 2010 | THE INQUIRER
Comcast-Spectacor, owner and operator of the Wachovia Center, is changing the name of the 21,000-seat home of the Flyers and 76ers, to the Wells Fargo Center, effective immediately, to reflect the name change in the financial institutions, it was announced Tuesday by Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. "As the owner and operator of the arena, Comcast-Spectacor is honoring the contract as it was agreed upon with the bank that the successor shall keep the naming rights of the facility," said Luukko.
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July 2, 2010
With the turn of the calendar from June 30 to July 1 yesterday, the Wachovia Center has become the Wells Fargo Center with the start of the new fiscal year. Wachovia, which owned the building's naming rights, was bought out by Wells Fargo Corporation effective Dec. 31, 2008. Wells Fargo now holds the naming rights at a reported cost of $1.4 million per year until the contract expires on June 30, 2023. No signage has been replaced in the building, which will publicly undergo its fourth name change transition this fall before the Flyers and 76ers begin their seasons in October.
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June 24, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Construction is underway at the Wells Fargo Center 33 days out from the Democratic National Convention. Work on the arena, which was also transformed in 2000 to host the Republican National Convention, will get the bulk of the $84 million being raised for the big event July 25 to 28. Organizers held a news conference at the center Wednesday, as construction workers sawed through pieces of wood near a ketchup and mustard station and another crew...
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November 10, 2011
LEGENDARY BOXER Joe Frazier will lie in state tomorrow and Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, a source confirmed to the Daily News. Fans may pay their respects to the former champion, who died Monday of liver cancer at age 67, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. "This will be an opportunity for his many fans, supporters and boxing lovers from around the world to pay their final respects to Joe Frazier," his family said in a release. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave., where a viewing will be held at 9 a.m. Donations in his memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 8400 Silver Crossing, Oklahoma City, Okla.
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March 16, 2013
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September 1, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
On the night of Aug. 31, 1996, the Spectrum, the South Philadelphia arena once so proudly hailed as "America's Showplace," suddenly sagged in insignificance. Across the parking lot, looming like a modern jumbo jet alongside an outdated biplane, its 750,000-square-foot replacement was ready to take off. So much larger was the newer arena that some joked it must have bulked up on steroids, a sports topic on no one's radar when the then state-of-the-art Spectrum opened in 1967. The Spectrum is gone now and, two decades and three name changes later, the Wells Fargo Center, the oldest and most active of the three sports structures that make up the South Philadelphia complex, is marking its 20th anniversary on Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2015 | By Elliott Sharp, For The Inquirer
Shania Twain delivered a thrilling, career-spanning concert when her Rock This Country tour stopped Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center. It was a bittersweet night for her fans, though, because they knew they'd never see the "Queen of Country Pop" wrap her fingers around a microphone, throw her hair back, look up to the heavens, and belt out the big hits - or any songs - on stage again. This was the last time. Ever. If we believe the announcement Twain made on Good Morning America earlier this year - and it's reasonable to be skeptical, since many artists retire, and then come back for one last cash-grabbing hurrah - this is the 49-year-old Canadian's final tour.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forget that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is expected to miss next season due to a bone in his right foot being broken - again. If you go to a game, you'll at least find a new player at the food concession: Lee's Hoagie House. The Southampton, Bucks County-based chain has reached a deal for the next year to operate two stands at the Wells Fargo Center for all events - sports, entertainment and other, including the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, said Jon Waxman, corporate vice president of Lee's Hoagie House Franchise Group.
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September 22, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Future NHL players will be showcased Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center at the fifth annual All-American Prospects game. The matchup will feature 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL draft. Morrisville's Evan Barratt, Perkiomenville's Josh Maniscalco and Voorhees' Cayden Primeau are among the participants. Primeau's father, Keith, is a former Flyer. Cayden Primeau, who has committed to Northeastern University in 2017, is considered one of the area's premier goalie prospects.
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September 19, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, STAFF WRITER
From Amy Schumer to Tracy Morgan to Steve Martin and Martin Short, there's a whole host of famous faces coming to Philadelphia to make us bust a gut. The biggest names are at places like the Wells Fargo Center (Schumer, Sept. 24) and the Academy of Music (Lewis Black, Nov. 5), but why not sample someone new at Helium or Punch Line? Good Evening with Chip Chantry (Sept. 21, Helium Comedy Club). In his set, the Philly teacher-turned-stand-up hosts his own talk show, but, as he puts it, "at a much more reasonable hour.
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September 16, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
The NCAA has been told that the Palestra and the Liacouras Center would be available for 2017 NCAA tournaments games that need a home, several sources said Wednesday. The Wells Fargo Center had originally bid for the 2017 dates but now is booked for the March 17-19 period that is open because the NCAA pulled seven championship events from North Carolina this week in reaction to a state law that the NCAA and other critics say is discriminatory toward LGBT people. The women's soccer final four, originally scheduled for Dec. 2 and 4 in Cary, N.C., also needs a home, and Philadelphia is looking into the possibility of offering to host that tournament.
NEWS
September 10, 2016
Need something to do this weekend? Don't worry, we got you covered. CUTE Hello Kitty Cafe Truck 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia. Hard to believe Hello Kitty is celebrating 40 years in the U.S. (the pop-culture icon was created in 1974 in Japan, but took a couple of years to get here). The epitome of the kawaii (cute) aesthetic started out as a face on a vinyl coin purse (girls now of a certain age probably still have theirs)
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September 7, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
You don't know her name, but without Michelle Singer there might never have been a Democratic National Convention here. Or the bills might have gone unpaid, and the thousands of people at the convention might not have been able to live-stream or tweet the event. Singer, a longtime political fund-raiser who now works for Comcast Corp., was a central figure in Philadelphia's preparations to host the convention in late July. She was the unseen hand that did much to raise the $60 million needed to put on the show.
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September 1, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
On the night of Aug. 31, 1996, the Spectrum, the South Philadelphia arena once so proudly hailed as "America's Showplace," suddenly sagged in insignificance. Across the parking lot, looming like a modern jumbo jet alongside an outdated biplane, its 750,000-square-foot replacement was ready to take off. So much larger was the newer arena that some joked it must have bulked up on steroids, a sports topic on no one's radar when the then state-of-the-art Spectrum opened in 1967. The Spectrum is gone now and, two decades and three name changes later, the Wells Fargo Center, the oldest and most active of the three sports structures that make up the South Philadelphia complex, is marking its 20th anniversary on Wednesday.
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August 24, 2016 | Philly.com Staff, BY INQUIRER STAFF
Tickets for Flyers preseason games at the Wells Fargo Center will go on sale to the public Tuesday at 11 a.m. at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com or by phone at 215-218-7825. The Flyers will play the first of three preseason games at the Wells Fargo Center on Sept. 27 against the New York Islanders. The preseason schedule also has home games on Oct. 1 against the Boston Bruins and Oct. 3 against the New York Rangers. All games will start at 7 p.m. On Sept. 28, the Flyers will take on the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. at PPL Center in Allentown, home of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Barbra Streisand brought it back to Broad Street on Saturday, better than anyone dared expect. We ran out of fingers and toes counting the signature songs and surprises that earned heartfelt standing ovations at the packed tight Wells Fargo Center - from the scene-setting "The Way We Were" to such late-show anthems as "Don't Rain on My Parade," an amazing duet with an on-screen apparition of Anthony Newley on "Who Can I Turn To?" and her bittersweet/ironic rendering of "Happy Days Are Here Again," a Streisand perennial since her nightclub (and 1964 DNC Convention in Atlantic City)
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August 12, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, STAFF WRITER
KEVIN DURANT may have left the Oklahoma City Thunder for greener pastures, but the Thunder still will have Russell Westbrook when they visit the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 26 to open the Sixers' season. The NBA released the 2016-17 schedule Thursday night. Sixers fans will be able to see Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and company at home in five of the first six games as the team will host Atlanta, Orlando, Cleveland and Utah. LeBron James and the world champion Cavaliers will make their first visit on Saturday, Nov. 5. They also will come to town on Sunday, Nov. 27 for a 1 p.m. meeting.
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August 4, 2016
ISSUE | HOST CITY Top-notch police work A tip of the hat to the Philadelphia Police Department ("Police kept the peace," Saturday). As a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, I have participated in the planning of dozens of large-scale international events. In this post-9/11 era, with the threat of terrorism looming over our shoulders, Philadelphia police balanced huge security issues with the freedoms protected in this great nation. The police deserve a huge "Thank you. " and the city should be proud of their performance.
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