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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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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
With his deep, talky vocals, grandiose musicality, and catalog of hits, Neil Diamond has a special foothold in the marketplace, on showy display Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center. He was a swinging pop songwriter of the 1960s Brill Building era, a self-conscious post-folkie poet in the late '60s and early '70s, a prince of schmaltz and king of AOR soft rock in the late '70s through the '90s, and a journeyman who returned to his roots in the 2000s. His Melody Road of 2014 recalls his Technicolor arrangements and dramatic anthems of the '70s, the pomp of Hot August Night . He reminded Sunday's audience that that album was from 43 years ago - then launched into the weird, winding baroque of "Crunchy Granola Suite" and the quasi-gospel piano of "Holly Holy.
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
Mother Mary Phresh Out the Runaway Birthday Cake Talk That Talk Pour It Up Cockiness (Love It) Numb You Da One Man Down Rude Boy What's My Name Jump Umbrella All of the Lights Rockstar 101 What Now Loveeeeeee Song Love the Way You Lie Take a Bow Cold Case Love We Found Love S&M Only Girl Don't Stop the Music Where Have You Been Stay Diamonds ...
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
September 20, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Villanova announced Wednesday that the men's basketball team will play three of its 2012-13 home games at the Wells Fargo Center, all against Big East opposition. The Wildcats will play Louisville on Jan. 22 and Syracuse on Jan. 26 in South Philadelphia. They will return to the Wells Fargo Center on March 6, when they close their regular season against Georgetown. With the Wells Fargo Center hosting second- and third-round games in the 2013 NCAA tournament, Villanova is limited to three regular-season games there if it wishes to remain eligible to be placed in Philadelphia by the committee in charge of selecting teams and placing them at the various locations.
SPORTS
December 18, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova has expanded its presence at the Wells Fargo Center this season, opting this time not to wait until the new year when the Big East schedule is in full swing to make its first trek to South Philadelphia. The 10th-ranked Wildcats (8-1) take on Delaware (5-2) Saturday night in their first of what will be seven games at the center. "I like it," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "I know our guys like playing down there. It's a great atmosphere. "It's good that we get to play there in December.
SPORTS
May 9, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
PROMINENT AREA businessman Marty Judge has been the driving force behind a unique Army-Navy indoor football game for veterans that will be played June 22 after the Soul's game at the Wells Fargo Center. The purpose of the game is to bring attention to the difficulties members of the armed services have trying to re-enter the workforce. Judge also is a part owner of the Soul. Former Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs already has promised his support. There will be tryouts leading up to the game, including this Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.
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March 22, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
76ers 97, New York Knicks 81. This probably wasn't the result that Sixers fans who bought into the team's tanking tactics wanted to see. The victory Friday at the Wells Fargo Center dropped the Sixers (17-52) three losses behind the last-place Knicks (14-55) in the battle for the most Ping-Pong balls. So instead of getting the tank-friendly loss, the Sixers notched their fourth victory in their last seven games. One could label their recent performance as tanking at its worst.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
With his deep, talky vocals, grandiose musicality, and catalog of hits, Neil Diamond has a special foothold in the marketplace, on showy display Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center. He was a swinging pop songwriter of the 1960s Brill Building era, a self-conscious post-folkie poet in the late '60s and early '70s, a prince of schmaltz and king of AOR soft rock in the late '70s through the '90s, and a journeyman who returned to his roots in the 2000s. His Melody Road of 2014 recalls his Technicolor arrangements and dramatic anthems of the '70s, the pomp of Hot August Night . He reminded Sunday's audience that that album was from 43 years ago - then launched into the weird, winding baroque of "Crunchy Granola Suite" and the quasi-gospel piano of "Holly Holy.
SPORTS
March 17, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - Nerlens Noel has had lackluster homecomings. The 76ers rookie center hopes to change that Monday against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Noel's hometown of Everett, Mass., is less than four miles from the arena. Yet, his family and friends have witnessed some of the emerging rookie-of-the-year candidate's worst outings. Perhaps overly anxious to play in Boston, Noel rushed shots and was too revved up for his own good. He made 2 of 9 shots to finish with four points, six rebounds, four turnovers and a technical foul before fouling out in 27 minutes in a preseason opener won by Boston on Oct. 6. He later scored eight points on 1-for-5 shooting to go with seven rebounds and four turnovers in 27 minutes of a 107-96 regular-season loss on Feb. 6. Ineffective, the 6-foot-11, 221-pounder was taken out with 5 minutes, 50 seconds remaining and the Sixers (15-51)
SPORTS
March 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleven seconds into the third period, hundreds of hats were thrown onto the ice after Flyers center Brayden Schenn apparently scored the first hat trick of his career. As it turned out, Schenn will have to wait to accomplish the feat. The fans didn't seem to mind. They got to watch the Flyers continue their surprising domination of the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Flyers 7, Red Wings 2. Seconds after Schenn scored his "third" goal, Lou Nolan announced that his first goal had been changed and was being credited to Wayne Simmonds.
SPORTS
March 16, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thad Young had an unexpected return trip to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. And for the first time in three meetings, the power forward got a victory over his former team as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the 76ers, 94-87. Young played a major part in the outcome, finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds. His hook shot with 1 minute, 19 seconds remaining clinched the game, giving the Nets a 93-85 cushion. Rookie center Nerlens Noel paced the Sixers (15-51) with 17 points, seven rebounds, and two blocked shots before fouling out with 28.1 seconds left.
SPORTS
March 15, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ish Smith's tenure as the 76ers starting point guard lasted just one game. Completely over an upper respiratory infection, Isaiah Canaan moved back into the starting lineup Friday night against the Sacramento Kings at the Wells Fargo Center. "But what we've learned despite who's starting, they can co-exist," Brett Brown said of his preference to play the two together during certain stretches. "It did two games ago when it was a matchup thing with [the] Atlanta [Hawks]. And then we did it last game, because we were losing, and we needed to shake some things up. "I feel like I learned something with those two guards that they can play together.
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
At 21 years of age, Ariana Grande - a four-octave light lyric soprano dubbed the "mini-Mariah" - has the world on a string, a notion she blithely, but solidly, embraced while singing and dancing in front of a sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. Grande is a Broadway veteran and has long been a staple of Nickelodeon children's television as Cat Valentine, an adored character in two different series inspiring her young girl fans (and their mothers) to wear lit-up cat ears, just as she does on stage.
SPORTS
March 13, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Being a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament carries some advantages. It means staying in the nicest team hotel at a subregional or regional site. It means going up against the 16th seed in the opening game; the lower seeds are 0-120 in those contests since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. One edge that Jay Wright remembers the last time Villanova played as a No. 1 seed, in 2006, was that the Wildcats won twice at the Wachovia Center (now the Wells Fargo Center), an arena in which they played three times in the regular season.
SPORTS
March 13, 2015 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
THE SOUL will play its May 30 home game in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, the Daily News has learned from a source close to the situation. Philadelphia will play the Las Vegas Outlaws at 6 p.m. on the Saturday after Memorial Day weekend. The game is being billed as the "Brawl at the Hall" and is the initial sporting event for the Atlantic City Sports Commission, a group trying to revitalize the city. The fantasy sports website DraftKings.com is the lead sponsor. Ticket sales will open at noon tomorrow and will be available at www.PhiladelphiaSoul.com or by calling 888-879-SOUL.
SPORTS
March 4, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
A HALF-EATEN bag of Skittles was left on the locker stall labeled No. 13, a sign that the player it belonged to was around somewhere. The Calgary Flames had just returned to Wells Fargo Center in almost full gear from their practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Reporters walked around the room on one of the longest days of the season, for players and coaches alike, the NHL trade deadline. But perhaps the safest guy in the dressing room emerged moments later and walked over to his stall, though he didn't return to the bag of Skittles.
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