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Wells Fargo Center turns fifteen

Aug 31, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

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It’s been fifteen years since the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers moved across the parking lot from the historic Spectrum to the CoreStates Center. The building has undergone various name changes in its fifteen years of operation; going from the CoreStates Center, to First Union Center, to Wachovia Center, to the current Wells Fargo Center. In fact, the Wells Fargo Center stood next to the Spectrum up until November of 2010 when the older building was finally torn down.

The building has certainly seen its fair share of hockey events since opening its doors. The Flyers made it to the Stanley Cup Final in the first year at their new home; and again at the end of the 2009-10 season. Philadelphia has made it to three other Conference Finals appearances in the last fifteen years—in fact, they’ve made the playoffs every year except for the injury-plagued 2006-07 season. Aside from NHL hockey, the Wells Fargo Center hosted three games in 1996 for the World Cup of Hockey and the Calder Cup Finals in 2005 as the Philadelphia Phantoms reigned supreme in the AHL. In 2014, the NCAA’s Frozen Four will make its way to the Wells Fargo Center as well.

On the anniversary, the Philadelphia Flyers official site released a ton unusual statistics concerning the Wells Fargo Center:

Here are some of the more unseen numbers during the first 15 years at the Wells Fargo Center.

6,645,300: Soft Pretzels Consumed

2,591,728: Hot Dogs Devoured

639,634: Philadelphia cheesesteaks eaten

679,537: Bags of popcorn purchased

461,511: Gallons of Pepsi consumed

240,000: Gallons of water to create the ice surface once-a-year prior to start of hockey season

60,000: Light bulbs replaced throughout the entire arena

48,500: Miles of concourse swept my housekeeping to keep the building beautiful

21,424: Largest single-event attendance (Backstreet Boys, September 29, 1999)

20,327: Largest One-Day Attendance for a Flyers Game (vs. Chicago Blackhawks, June 9, 2010)

4,000: Hours of operation on the ice by the Wells Fargo Center Zamboni driver

18: The most sellouts by one artist or act: Billy Joel

10,165,780: Sixers Attendance

11,182,589 (99.7 percent of capacity): Flyers Attendance in Regular Season Games

307-173-50-44 (708 Points): Flyers Record in Regular Season Home Games

1,547,524 (101.6 percent of capacity): Flyers Attendance in Playoff Games

46-32: Flyers Record in Playoff Home Games

1,755: Goals Scored by Flyers Players

There’s no doubt the Flyers have been the most successful major sports franchise since Wells Fargo Center opened fifteen years ago. In five of those fifteen years, they made it all the way to the Conference Finals (or beyond). Going further, they’ve won at least one series in seven playoff appearances and have made the playoffs 13 times. Only the disastrous 2006-07 season and the lockout of 2004-05 caused them to miss the playoffs. Not too bad.

Here’s an idea of the energy the building has already seen in its first few years in the NHL:

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 31, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    I think the “FU” centre best suited the Flyers and their fans…..

  2. lesleyvissersfacelift - Aug 31, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    F the Flyers

  3. dcent87 - Aug 31, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Haters <3

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 31, 2011 at 11:28 PM

      I’m a Leafs fan, I hate on the Flyers like it’s my job (it might have something to do with the playoffs…just maybe)

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 31, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Wachovia sounds so much better haha.

  5. paul621 - Sep 1, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    The first two comments here are exactly what sucks about sports. I’m a huge hockey fan, but people like that make me hate it just a little bit sometimes.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 1, 2011 at 9:40 AM

      So you hate rivalries? Yeah, those pesky things really ruin sports, don’t they?

      I guess the sarcasm font wasn’t working when I posted my comment. Try not to take it so seriously

  6. dbick - Sep 1, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    flyers and detroit are probably the 2 best American hockey franchises. Fans always in the seats, and always competitive.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 1, 2011 at 9:53 AM

      I would love to agree with you but we haven’t won a cup since ’75. It’s like Joe Banner comparing the Eagles to the Steelers haha.

      • dbick - Sep 2, 2011 at 7:11 AM

        Well the key word was competitive, flyers are always in the playoffs. But really there’s not much of an argument against those 2 teams being the best and most popular franchises south of Canada. Both are always in the top 5 in attendance, and there’s a reason they both get a ton of national games.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 5, 2011 at 10:24 PM

        True true. The caveat is ‘competitive.’ One can def argue that we are one of the best phans in the NHL.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 5, 2011 at 10:25 PM

        Idk DET was top 5 in attendance. Always seemed that they were struggling despite their success on the ice.

  7. paul621 - Sep 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    It has nothing to do with rivalries… More to do with the FU-spirit.

  8. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    The “FU spirit” is what sports in Philly is all about. Ever been to a Flyers, Phillies, or Eagles game? If you have you know I’m only speaking the truth. I’ve got nothing against Philly sports fans but they certainly have something against me when I show up sporting a non-Philly jersey

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 5, 2011 at 10:26 PM

      Ain’t that the truth! Any fan base that cares will have the same type of mentality.

  9. paul621 - Sep 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Actually I’ve been to plenty of games there, and I’ve never seen a problem with out of town fans that was one sided.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 1, 2011 at 5:33 PM

      You must got to those games in a bubble or something

  10. paul621 - Sep 1, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Yes, I do, because that would make a lot of sense.

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