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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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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September 18, 2010 | By MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
Villanova's basketball team, which opens the season at the Pavilion against Bucknell on Nov. 12, will play seven times at the Wells Fargo Center, including five Big East games. That would be the most games the Wildcats will have taken to South Philadelphia in one winter. They're going off campus to host conference opponents Louisville (Jan. 12), Georgetown (Jan. 29), West Virginia (Feb. 5), Syracuse (Feb. 21) and St. John's (Feb. 26). Delaware (Dec. 18) and Maryland (Jan. 15) will also make play at the Wells Fargo Center.
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January 22, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Larry Drew II called his time with the 76ers a great learning experience. If so, he hasn't had much of a learning curve. Before Wednesday, the point guard had recorded 16 assists in his first three games after signing a 10-day contract Friday. Drew is one of 17 NBA players to record at least 16 assists in his first three games, dating to 2001. "I feel like my game is predicated on my teammates," Drew said. "I rely heavily on my teammates to be successful. . . . I feel like the more that I play with these guys, the better it's going to be for all of us. " The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder recorded nine assists Sautrday in a 107-89 road loss to the Detroit Pistons.
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January 8, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After being away from the Wells Fargo Center for 19 days, the Flyers returned home Tuesday night and ended their five-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. Wayne Simmonds scored the game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout as the Flyers outlasted Ottawa, 2-1, at the Wells Fargo Center. Goalie Steve Mason was brilliant in the shootout (four stops on five shots) and the 65 minutes as the Flyers snapped a 10-game, two-year losing streak in shootouts. They had been 0-5 in shootouts this season, and are now 28-56 since the breakaway competition started in 2005-06.
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January 7, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
OF COURSE, there are caveats. The Cleveland Cavaliers came to South Philadelphia last night without injured All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Just before tipoff, guard Dion Waiters, center Alex Kirk and forward Lou Amundson were scratched, giving credence to reports that they were part of a three-team trade involving Cleveland, the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks. Considering that center Anderson Varejao was already out for the season with a ruptured left Achilles' tendon, the Cavaliers played the Sixers without four of their five leading scorers.
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January 5, 2015 | BY ED RENDELL, For the Daily News
IN THE WINTER of our discontent, Philadelphia sports fans desperately search for the slightest bit of good news. I'm sad to report there wasn't much in 2014, and our prospects for 2015 look only slightly better. But ever the optimist, I decided to cheer us all up by naming the 10 best sports moments in Philadelphia during 2014. There is probably no better example of how low we've sunk than the fact that I can come up with only eight (two of which are only "good" in a gallows humor sort of way)
NEWS
December 30, 2014
A Weekend preview of Frozen at the Wells Fargo Center gave the wrong running dates. The production runs through Sunday. A story Saturday about Philadelphia's program for recycling Christmas trees wrongly gave the dates when trees may be dropped off at any of the city's four listed sanitation convenience centers. They may be taken there Monday through Saturday from Jan. 5 to 17. The incorrect information was provided by the city.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Enter a winter wonderland as Disney on Ice's Frozen continues to skate through Wells Fargo Center until Jan. 4. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the skating spectacular is based on the hugely popular Academy Award-winning film that celebrates the power of sisterhood, friendship and love. Popular songs will be performed, including "Let it Go," with audience members invited to join in. A slew of beloved Disney characters will be featured, among them Rapunzel and Snow White, as well as characters from Toy Story , The Lion King and Finding Nemo . The production combines special effects and music and is guaranteed to keep the family mesmerized.
SPORTS
December 24, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Fifty-five weeks ago, the Flyers arrived in the Twin Cities to prep for the Minnesota Wild and a game that ultimately took a back seat to news on the trip. On the morning of that Dec. 2 game, the Flyers issued a press release announcing the abrupt resignation of team president and Comcast-Spectacor chief operating officer Peter Luukko. Luukko's sudden cash-out sent shockwaves through the organization, a seismic event that reshaped the foundation of the front office.
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December 21, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer Neiburj@phillynews.com
WHEN MICHAEL Carter-Williams flushed home a transition dunk with just over 10 seconds to play, the home crowd roared. It wasn't because the late-game two-handed slam had any significance in the result, rather it was the deal the fans will get on a Papa John's pizza thanks to the Sixers scoring more than 90 points. Outside of that moment, the Sixers gave the home crowd little else to cheer about last night. With games against two fellow Eastern Conference bottom feeders this weekend, the game served as an opportunity for the Sixers to pick up their third win of the season.
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December 21, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO was finishing a routine, three-on-three battle drill below the circles in practice yesterday with partner Carlo Colaiacovo. He fired a shot on Steve Mason and turned around to skate out of the zone so the next group could enter the drill. It never resumed. Everyone on the ice was gasping. Mason, the Flyers' backbone, was face-down on his stomach and unable to move with an apparently serious injury. Some players described it as "urgent. " Neither Del Zotto, nor Colaiacovo, or any other player on the ice bumped Mason.
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December 14, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - It's always something, especially when you are the 76ers. They finally appeared to fix their three-point offense and foul shooting, but something else popped up - an inability to defend the post. Sound familiar? It's when the Sixers defenders stand around, seemingly unaware of what's going on. And their three-point shooting?  On occasion, they are red-hot from long-range in the first half only to go ice cold after intermission. All those things happened Friday night in the Brooklyn Nets' 88-70 victory at Barclays Center.
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