The History Of The Wells Fargo Center In Philadelphia

The Wells Fargo Center, one of the busiest arenas in the world, is located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Published on 23 December 2013

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Philadelphia, PA

The Wells Fargo Center, one of the busiest arenas in the world, is home of the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League and the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.

After opening its doors for the first time with the World Cup of Hockey on August 31, 1996, the Wells Fargo Center has hosted a variety of nationally-followed events, including the 1998 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, 1999 AHL All-Star Weekend, 2000 NCAA Women’s Final Four, 2000 Republican National Convention, 2001 NCAA Men’s East Regional, 2001 NBA Finals, 2001 and 2002 ESPN X-Games, 2002 NBA All-Star Weekend, the 2006 NCAA Men’s First and Second Rounds, the 2008 U.S. Gymnastics Championships; the 2009 NCAA Men’s First and Second Round Tournament Games, the 1997 and 2010 Stanley Cup Final, and the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

This Year, the Wells Fargo Center will host the 2013 NCAA Men’s Second and Third Round Tournament Games, as well as the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four. has tickets for all events at The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

August 12, 1996

A soft opening concert featuring Ray Charles. An estimated crowd of 12,000 watched the show. The concert served as an operational shakedown or a final dress rehearsal. Everyone attending the show received a commemorative key chain claiming they opened the CoreStates Center.

August 21, 1996

The ribbon cutting ceremony: The voice of the Flyers, Gene Hart, served as master of ceremonies. Ed Snider cut the ribbon as Flyers President Bob Clarke and 76ers President Pat Croce held the ribbon. Everyone attending the event received a commemorative coin.

August 31, 1996

The inaugural event: Team USA vs. Team Canada in a first round game of the World Cup of Hockey. A crowd of 19,500 attended the event. Team USA's John LeClair scored the first goal ever in the CoreStates Center at 5:01of the first period. Team USA went on to win the contest 5-3.

September 2, 1996

The inaugural concert: Oasis with Manic Street Preachers and Screaming Trees. An estimated crowd of 12,000 attended the show. Prior to the show, CoreStates Complex President Peter Luukko and promoters Larry Magid and Allen Spivak presented the band with a bronzed "first ticket" to the first concert ever at the CoreStates Center.

September 10, 1996

Game One of the World Cup of Hockey Finals: Team USA vs. Team Canada. Despite Team USA scoring with seven seconds remaining in regulation on a John LeClair goal, Team Canada prevailed in sudden-death overtime.

October 5, 1996

The Flyers played their first regular season game at the CoreStates Center, a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Dainius Zubrus became the youngest player in Flyers history at 18 years, three months and 20 days old on opening night. Zubrus also recorded his first NHL goal in the game.

October 7, 1996

The Flyers' first win at the CoreStates Center was also the 700th home victory in franchise history--a 3-1 win vs. New Jersey.

October 8, 9 & 11, 1996

KISS, in full make-up, became the first band to play three nights at the Center. The band was presented with bricks from "The Walk" prior to the third and final night. October 11 was the first time that events took place in both buildings simultaneously. The Phantoms hosted the Binghamton Rangers at the CoreStates Spectrum.

October 15-20, 1996

The first family show to play at the Center was Walt Disney's World on Ice - The Spirit of Pocahontas. There were a total of 10 shows during the run.

April 26, 1997

The Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3, in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to win the series four games to one. It was the final game in the illustrious career of Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux. The crowd gave Lemieux a standing ovation at the end of the game.

May 31, 1997

In Game One of the Stanley Cup finals, 20,291 fans set a record for the largest audience in Pennsylvania history to attend a hockey game.

January 5-11, 1998

Michelle Kwan and Tara Lipinski were among the skaters who earned berths to the 1998 Winter Olympic Games with their performances in the 1998 U.S. National Championships held in the CoreStates Center.

April 26, 1998

The Philadelphia Wings win game one of a best of three NLL Championship series against the Baltimore Thunder. The Wings would go on to defeat Baltimore two days later at the Baltimore Arena to capture their fifth Championship in franchise history.

September 8, 1998

The first event at the Center under its new name, the First Union Center. On July 15, 1998 an announcement was made about the name change and the beginning of the transition. Garth Brooks, on the opening night of six sold out shows, took the honor as the first event ever in the First Union Center.

January 24-25, 1999

During the AHL All-Star Weekend festivities, 13,028 fans filed into the First Union Center to watch Team Canada defeat Planet USA 15-12 in the skills competition. Planet USA exacted revenge the following day with a 5-4 victory on Chris Ferraro's game winning goal in front of 14,120 spectators.

September 13-25, 1999

Bruce Springsteen sold out six shows at the First Union Center pushing his total to 37 Philadelphia sellouts.

Friday, March 31, 2000 and Sunday, April 2, 2000

The road to the Final Four ended in Philadelphia, as "March Madness" culminated with the sold out NCAA Women's Final Four at the First Union Center. The April 2nd game drew 20,060 people, making this the largest crowd to see a college basketball game-men's or women's-in Pennsylvania.

July 31, 2000

40,000 people attended the Republican National Convention each day either as a media member, delegate, worker, or VIP, the First Union Complex became Pennsylvania's 13th largest municipality for the four-day run of the convention.

March 22-24, 2001

The NCAA Tournament returned to Philadelphia for the first time since the historic regional game between Kentucky and Duke in 1992 as the East Regional was held in the First Union Center. Duke went on to defeat the University of Southern California 79-69 to claim the region and advance to the Final Four in a game that set a single-game attendance record for Pennsylvania college basketball with 20,270 people.

June 13, 2001

20,900 fans packed the First Union Center to watch the 76ers take on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. It was the 76ers' first appearance in the finals since their championship season in 1983.

July 21-22, 2001

Madonna opened the United States portion of her Drowned Tour in Philadelphia on July 21. The "Material Girl" sold out both of her scheduled concerts at the First Union Center in 75 minutes.

August 17-22, 2001

The most anticipated event of the 2001 X-Games actually took place inside the First Union Center as Kenny Bartram won the first ever Moto X Big Air competition while AC/DC blasted throughout the arena, pumping up the crowd. The six-day event hosted 235,000 people.

February 9-10, 2002

Lower Merion product Kobe Bryant took home the MVP award for the NBA All-Star game as he outplayed 76ers guard Allen Iverson in helping the Western Conference outlast the East, 135-120. In the skills competition, Sacramento's Peja Stojakovic won the 1 800 CALL ATT Shootout and Golden State's Jason Richardson took home first place in the 2002 Slam Dunk presented by RealOne.

February 13-24, 2002

The piano playing dynamic duo Billy Joel and Elton John sold out six shows at the First Union Center. The six shows, totaling in excess of 110,000 tickets, are the most performances in one city on the "Face to Face" Tour.

August 15-19, 2002

The ESPN X-games welcomed its 2 millionth fan when the games came to Philadelphia. The athletes showcased unprecedented tricks, introduced women's exhibitions, and experienced a spectator fan base that exceeded the averages from 2001.

July 27, 2003

The Center changes its name to the Wachovia Center. That evening, the American Idols Live Tour performed as the first event in the Wachovia Center.

July 27, 2010

The Center changes its name to the Wells Fargo Center.


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Posted 2013-12-23 17:31:00