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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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
MAYBE I SHOULD'VE known better, even though I had never attended Wing Bowl before yesterday's annual bacchanal at the Wells Fargo Center. After all, the debauchery of Wing Bowl long ago trumped its wholesome origins, in 1993, as a funny publicity stunt birthed by sports-radio jocks frustrated by Philly's lack of a Super Bowl win. The debauchery has been chronicled ad nauseum (yes, it's a pun) in this paper, on TV news and websites, via YouTube. So you could argue that there was no need for me to see firsthand what I was missing.
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
March 16, 2013
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October 13, 2011 | BY BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
ALL OF A SUDDEN, the Wells Fargo Center has become an available venue. With the NBA canceling the first 2 weeks of the regular season over the lack of a collective bargaining agreement, with possibly more to follow, there will be some free time between Flyers home games and concerts there. Yesterday, Comcast-Spectacor president and chief operating officer Peter Luukko outlined what the building's future may hold. "We remain optimistic that we will have an NBA season," Luukko said in a statement.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Meek Mill is back. The Philadelphia rapper, brand, and all-around hip-hop presence, who marked his "homecoming" Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, made news last year when he violated terms of his five-year probation in connection with a 2009 gun and drug conviction. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley said he failed to get permission for out-of-town gigs, dissed his probation officer and prosecutor on Twitter, and posed for Instagram snaps holding guns. To jail he went, from July to December, leaving a lot of canceled shows in his wake.
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February 4, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
THE FIRST game won't make or break what the Flyers concede is their most important month of the season. The Flyers have their busiest month of the season with 15 games - the final being on Feb. 29 at home against the Calgary Flames. It is complicated by the fact that they'll have five straight games away from home from Feb. 14-23 because ventriloquist/standup comedian Jeff Dunham and then the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will play the Wells Fargo Center. That a ventriloquist with a bunch of puppets needs a venue the size of Wells Fargo is beyond me, but the lowest-priced ticket is $27. Nevertheless, the Flyers play at the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes.
SPORTS
February 4, 2016
BECAUSE OF preparations for the Democratic National Convention, the Soul's home game against the Los Angeles Kiss on Saturday, June 11 has been moved from the Wells Fargo Center to the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $15. The Soul also has to relocate a July 9 game against Cleveland. Early talk was that the team was looking at Allentown. The DNC is July 25-28, which will require more relocations if the Soul host postseason games. - Ed Barkowitz
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
You can get arena rock's pomp and circumstance just about anywhere - including this Super Bowl Sunday, when Coldplay hits the masses with its halftime show bombast. But if you like your P + C with an apocalyptic, politicized edge, then sleek, sinister Muse is your cup of tea. Since 1997, the British trio - guitarist/vocalist Matthew Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenholme, drummer Dominic Howard - have made moody glam-prog music that, with each tour and album, brews an incrementally bigger, darker storm.
SPORTS
February 1, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Facing his locker stall, a white towel draped atop his head, Steph Curry muttered "Bad, bad, bad" to no one in particular Saturday night, the NBA's biggest star betraying his displeasure over a game that could have gotten away from the NBA's best team. The 76ers had shocked Curry and the Golden State Warriors with a stirring comeback from a 24-point deficit, tying the score with 22.3 seconds left only to have the Warriors use 22.1 seconds to run a perfect halfcourt sequence: Curry penetrating and passing to Draymond Green at the foul line, Green kicking the ball to Harrison Barnes in the corner for an open three-pointer, Barnes swishing it for a 108-105 Warriors victory.
SPORTS
January 26, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
Of the three streaks that Villanova owned entering Sunday's game against Providence, the most impressive by far was the fact that the Wildcats had gone more than a year - 369 days, to be exact - without losing in the Big East Conference, a run of 22 games. The fourth-ranked Wildcats retained hope that the streak would continue after Ryan Arcidiacono hit a three-point basket to force overtime against No. 16 Providence, but the Friars took charge of the extra period and captured an 82-76 victory at the Wells Fargo Center before 7,191 folks who dug themselves out to attend.
SPORTS
January 12, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, Staff Writer
King James came calling at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, and a great many of his loyal subjects followed. The often half-empty Wells Fargo Center was awfully full for LeBron James' evening visit. Hundreds of No. 23 Cavaliers jerseys far outnumbered any of the home team's jerseys in the stands. The attendance was listed as 19,226. "It's just a mutual respect," James said of Philly fans after the Cavs beat the 76ers, 95-85, in a game in which he finished with 37 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds.
SPORTS
January 8, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
It was fun to talk about Elton Brand's competitive juices during what was a pain-free first day of practice during his second tour with the 76ers. But by now, everyone knows they didn't sign him to get the most out of his career averages of 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds. The 36-year-old came out of retirement to provide leadership. He spoke about that after working out with his teammates Wednesday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Brand wants them to be aware that you have to respect the city and make it proud.
SPORTS
January 7, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
The Flyers' slumping special teams regrouped and played a major role in snapping a three-game losing streak Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Brayden Schenn had three points, and Shayne Gostisbehere and the sizzling Sean Couturier each contributed a goal and an assist as the Flyers outlasted the Montreal Canadiens, 4-3. The Flyers' much-maligned penalty kill was 4 for 4. The PK allowed six goals on 12 chances during the 0-3 West Coast trip. The power play, which has struggled recently, also got a goal from Wayne Simmonds.
SPORTS
January 3, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
LOS ANGELES - Joel Embiid is in the midst of his West Coast rehabilitation plan. The 76ers' sidelined center arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday. Sixers coach Brett Brown said he would stay for a few days, doing on- and off-the-court work. Asked if Embiid's trip to California included a doctor's visit, Brown responded, "Not so much that. " "It's all part of that rehab and that plan and path that he is on with David Martin, one of the world's recognized sports scientists," Brown said.
NEWS
January 1, 2016
Pennsylvania's delegation at the Democratic National Convention will stay at the Double Tree Hilton downtown this summer, while New Jersey's bunks at the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport. Hawaii and Idaho will have to travel a little farther from the Double Tree Hilton in Valley Forge. American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands will stay at the Courtyard Lansdale - 42 miles from the Wells Fargo Center. Area hotels will house about 6,000 delegates over the course of the convention, which runs from July 25-28.
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