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Wells Fargo Center Turned 20 and they Need YOU to Help Celebrate!

Wells Fargo Center Photo | Jeff Fusco

While it is has gone through many names due to various bank mergers, the arena that was built in 1996 to replace The Spectrum as the primary home for the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers, officially celebrated its 20th birthday on August 13 of this year.

To thank the fans and to celebrate properly, the Wells Fargo Center, which in addition to the Sixers and Flyers, currently houses the AFL champion Philadelphia Soul, select high-attendance home games for the NCAA champion Villanova Wildcats, and has hosted all kinds of events including WWE and UFC pay-per-views, various all-star games, final fours, Olympic team trials, NCAA championships, numerous concerts, and most recently, the 2016 Democratic National Convention which saw history be made, is hosting a free, open-house style party this Saturday, October 8th from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are required to enter however and can be obtained here.

The party is set to feature celebrity appearances, games, and party favors. All that is in addition to close-up looks at the arena’s commemorative championship banners which are being lowered so fans can take pictures with them. There’s also an opportunity to visit the penalty box and locker rooms and more. Fans will also be able to win tickets to upcoming events at the Wells Fargo Center including concerts, entertainment shows and of course, Flyers and Sixers games. Giveaways are scheduled for every 20 minutes of the party.

All of this sounds great but one might argue views of the locker rooms and banners are things you can get while on a team tour. That would be correct, however, for the first time in the arena’s 20-year history a half-ice, half-court configuration will take form allowing guests who have always wanted to try a shot at the Sixers basket or shoot a puck at the Flyers net, that opportunity. This is, for most, a once in a lifetime experience. It’s certainly a ‘can’t miss’ for even the most casual of fans.

According to a release from Wells Fargo Center Complex president John Page, this party is “really an opportunity for us to say ‘thank you’ to the community, as well as our customers for their loyalty during these past 20 years.”

Make sure you pencil this into your weekend plans as it definitely sounds like a great and fun way to celebrate the place which for many fans, has probably become like a second home over the last two decades. Because whether you were there for one of many Sixers, Flyers, Soul or Villanova games, Bruce Springsteen’s sell-out concerts, the 2001 NBA Finals, the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Wrestlemania XV, or so much more, if you live in Philadelphia, chances are you’ve been to the Wells Fargo Center enough times to appreciate the venue and what it’s been to the city.

So happy 20th birthday Wells Fargo Center, although I must say, you don’t look a day over 15!

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