The New Wells Fargo Center Unveils Brand-New Event Level Upgrades Including World-Class Locker Rooms And Player And Performer Amenities
Oct 16, 2023
Earlier today, the New Wells Fargo Center unveiled for the first time its brand-new and completely reimagined Event Level which includes state-of-the-art locker rooms and player and performer facilities, including several shared facilities for both the Flyers and Sixers. Ahead of their final practice in advance of the team’s home opener tomorrow night, Flyers players saw the new locker room for the very first time.
“Our players were blown away and our entire organization is going to benefit so much from these investments,” said Flyers President of Hockey Operations Keith Jones. “We have training facilities, medical facilities, video technology to breakdown game tape, and great new spaces for players and their families before and after games. This is what a modern, first-class facility looks like.”
“Every inch of this arena has been torn down and rebuilt into something so impressive, and the facilities now available to players and performers are truly world class,” said Wells Fargo Center President Phil Laws. “As we begin to finish the transformation of this entire arena, we can certainly say that we've achieved our goals to create the best fan experience in sports and build facilities that will help our players and performers succeed on the ice, on the court, or on stage."
The brand-new Flyers locker room features an entryway that honors late Flyers founder Ed Snider and celebrates the team’s two Stanley Cups. The main room, which was designed in an oval shaped layout, has individualized lockers, a massive 400 pound ceiling-mounted illuminated Flyers logo, and cutting-edge technology including a 110 inch multi-purpose screen. Upgrades to lighting throughout the new space includes the transition to throw lighting in order to enhance the architectural structure and interior design features of the room. Each stall contains its own individual ventilation system to circulate air more efficiently and to help dry wet equipment or items.
The coaches' suite of spaces has been outfitted with 10x more screen real estate with over 40 total screens for the team’s video personnel to work in real time during play and game breaks. The new state-of-the-art Video distribution matrix, integrated with the team’s Catapult Thunder Video and NHL Hawkeye Replay systems allows the video team staff to send game video in real time to any display in the locker room space as well as the bench area and suites for coaches and team officials to review.
Other upgraded amenities include the brand-new players’ lounge, which will be a haven for recovery during both downtime and pre-game prep for the athletes, state-of-the-art medical facilities featuring a trauma center, and athletic training room that tripled in size. The medical facilities consist of the new Sharp X-ray imaging system, player injury video system, dental and laceration equipment and lighting. The athletic training room boasts new underground hot and cold tubs for recovery and new therapeutic treatment/chiropractic tables.
Shared spaces for both the Flyers and 76ers include a coach and executive lounge, a family lounge with a designated nursing space, and a weight training room designed collaboratively by both teams’ training staffs.
The New Wells Fargo Center has already invested $16 million into the Event Level, including construction of the Shift4 Club, one of the country's top courtside/ice-side clubs.
The Event Level overhaul is one of the critical, final phases of the arena’s $400+ million Transformation project. This phase marks a $30 million investment and completely redesigned 46,000 square feet inside the arena, with over 16,000 square feet dedicated to new locker rooms for both the 76ers and the Flyers.
The New Wells Fargo Center’s Transformation project is fully privately funded by Comcast Spectacor. This past summer, the arena released renderings of the exterior upgrades which are currently underway. The Transformation project, which supports hundreds of jobs and union roles in South Philadelphia, has ensured that the New Wells Fargo Center will remain a world-class venue for hockey, basketball, and more for decades to come. The New Wells Fargo Center is also a key anchor of South Philadelphia’s revitalization and the city's unique Sports Complex.
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The New Wells Fargo Center’s Transformation project is one of the most significant arena projects anywhere in the world. In addition to the arena being completely reimagined, the New Wells Fargo Center has brought in some of the biggest names in Philadelphia’s restaurant scene including Marc Vetri, Jose Garces, and Stephen Starr. The arena introduced brand-new seats throughout the arena, including extra-comfortable loge seats, open concept spaces like the Assembly Room, and great, customized sightlines for both basketball and hockey. The New Wells Fargo Center is a direct, private investment in the Stadium District and an anchor for the broader revitalization of South Philadelphia, including plans to revitalize FDR Park, invest in local roads and infrastructure, and redevelop underutilized areas.