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Wachovia Center


Location 3601 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Broke ground September 14, 1994
Opened August 31, 1996
Owner Comcast-Spectator L.P.
Operator Global Spectrum
Construction cost $210 million
Architect Ellerbe Becket
Former names CoreStates Center (1996–1998)
First Union Center (1998–2003)
Tenants
Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) (1996-present)
Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) (1996-present)
Philadelphia Wings (NLL) (1997-present)
Philadelphia Soul (AFL) (2004-present)
Capacity
21,600 (basketball)
19,519 (hockey)
17,486 (arena football)
Philadelphia Portal

The Wachovia Center, formerly known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center, is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is the home arena of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL and the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. The arena was completed in 1996 on what was once the site of John F. Kennedy Stadium at a cost of $206 million, largely privately financed (though the city and state helped to pay for the local infrastructure). The building lies at the southeast corner of the South Philadelphia sports complex, which includes Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, and the arena's predecessor, The Spectrum. Image File history File links Waccentlogo. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1213 KB)I took this picture in Philadelpgia File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Comcast-Spectacor is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based sports and entertainment company. ... Ellerbe Becket is an international architecture, engineering, and construction firm, founded in 1909, with its corporate office located in Minneapolis, MN, and other offices located in Washington, DC, Kansas City, MO, San Francisco, CA, and Dubai, UAE. Areas of Expertise include architecture, construction, engineering, interior design, and environmental graphics. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... The Philadelphia Wings are a member of the National Lacrosse League, a professional sports league in North America, since the 1997-1998 season. ... NLL redirects here. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2004 Home arena Wachovia Center & Wachovia Spectrum(alt. ... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... Liberty Bell; public domain. ... The following is a list of indoor arenas. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... ARENA may refer to either: Nationalist Republican Alliance, a political party in El Salvador. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... ARENA may refer to either: Nationalist Republican Alliance, a political party in El Salvador. ... John F. Kennedy Stadium (or JFK Stadium, originally known as Philadelphia Municipal Stadium) was an open-air stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that stood from 1925 to 1992. ... Lincoln Financial Field, familiarly known as The Linc, is the home stadium of the National Football Leagues Philadelphia Eagles. ... Citizens Bank Park is a 43,647-seat baseball-only stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that opened on April 3, 2004 and hosted its first regular season baseball game on April 12 of that same year, as the tenants of the facility, the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 4... The Wachovia Spectrum (formerly known as the Spectrum (1967-1994), CoreStates Spectrum (1994-1998) and First Union Spectrum (1998-2003)) is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...


The arena officially seats 21,600 for basketball and 19,519 for hockey, although with additional standing room admissions available in suites for purchase by their lease holders the total paid capaciy is actually somewhat greater. It has 126 luxury suites and 1,880 club seats. The arena was originally named for CoreStates Bank, which agreed to pay $40 million over 21 years for the naming rights, with additional terms to be settled later for an additional eight year period at the end of the contract. The naming rights were taken by First Union Bank in a merger in 1998 and then by Wachovia Bank in a 2003 merger with First Union. While under the First Union name, it was affectionately referred to as the "F.U. Center" by Philadelphians. Due to this, a name alteration was considered, the "First Union National Center." However, this was met with much derision from fans and athletes who played in the facility, such as former Philadelphia Flyers forward Brantt Myhres, who said the name change would make the building sound like a "circus venue." This article is about the sport. ... CoreStates Financial Corporation was a banking chain in the Philadelphia metro area. ... First Union Corporation was a large banking chain based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... One Wachovia Tower headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina Wachovia Corporation (NYSE: WB), based in Charlotte, North Carolina is one of the largest banking chains in the United States. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Brantt Myhres (born March 18, 1974 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a professional hockey player with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights of the AHL. He is 64 tall, 220 lbs in weight and shoots right. ...


Because of the 2004-05 NHL lockout, and later in the season, the unavailability of ice at the Wachovia Spectrum caused by other events at that venue, the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, played selected games in the arena, including the entire 2004-05 Phantoms playoff schedule, including a record 20,103 in the Calder Cup clinching Game 4. This was repeated for the first two games of the 2005-06 season. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Wachovia Spectrum (formerly known as the Spectrum (1967-1994), CoreStates Spectrum (1994-1998) and First Union Spectrum (1998-2003)) is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, that serves as the primary developmental circuit for the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Philadelphia Phantoms are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. ... The Calder Cup is awarded annually to the playoff champion of the American Hockey League. ...


The building also set a record in February 2006 for the highest attendance for a college basketball game in the state of Pennsylvania when 4th-ranked Villanova hosted and defeated top-ranked UConn. Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. ... The University of Connecticut, commonly known as UConn, is the State of Connecticuts flagship land-grant university. ...


On December 6, 2002 popular rock band Guns N' Roses were scheduled to perform there on their Chinese Democracy Tour. The opening bands (CKY, Mixmaster Mike) went on to perform as usual, but the main act, Guns n' Roses, never showed up fusing a riot in the arena and causing thousands of dollars in damage. No reason was ever given for the no-show of Guns n' Roses, other than the public announcer of the building citing that one of the band members was sick. December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... The Chinese Democracy Tour is rock band Guns N Roses concert tour to promote, or at least run in conjunction with talk about, the groups legendary work-in-progress Chinese Democracy. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Mixmaster Mike is a turntablist and also the DJ from the Beastie Boys and Invisibl Skratch Piklz. ...


In 2006, Billy Joel set a complex record for most sellouts at the Wachovia/First Union/CoreStates Center - 17, for a Philadelphia total of 46. Only the Grateful Dead have sold out more shows at the complex (55, all at the Spectrum) William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and musician. ... This article is about the band. ...


On August 1, 2006, Comcast-Spectacor announced it would be installing a new center-hung scoreboard to replace the original one made by Daktronics. The new scoreboard, manufactured by ANC Sports will be similar to other scoreboards in new NBA arenas such as FedExForum. An additional linear LED display lining the entire arena will also be installed between the suite and mezzanine levels. Other renovations for the building's 10th year anniversary include upgrading the suites with more flat screen HDTV's, as well as changing ticket providers from Ticketmaster to New Era Tickets which is owned by Comcast-Spectator. Comcast-Spectacor is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based sports and entertainment company. ... Daktronics NASDAQ: DAKT is an American manufacturer of electronic signage, most notably sports scoreboards, based in Brookings, South Dakota. ... FedExForum is one of the most unique arenas in the NBA. It officially opened in September of 2004, after much debate and also a alberta clipper wind storm in Jully 2003 that nearly brought the crains building the arena down on famed Beal street. ... Ticketmaster is based in West Hollywood, California, USA, but has operations in many countries around the world. ... New Era Tickets is an entertainment ticketing company located in Wayne, Pennsylvania. ...


Nicknames given to the Wachovia Center over the years by Philadelphia sports fans include The Big House, The Big Joint, The Big Bank Building, The Wack, The F.U. Center, and The Loud House.


Teams

The Wachovia Center is home to the:

This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... The Philadelphia Wings are a member of the National Lacrosse League, a professional sports league in North America, since the 1997-1998 season. ... NLL redirects here. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2004 Home arena Wachovia Center & Wachovia Spectrum(alt. ... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. ... The Pavilion is a 6,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Villanova, Pennsylvania. ...

Notable Events

Wing Bowl is an annual eating contest founded by Philadelphia talk-radio hosts Al Morganti and Angelo Cataldi as a celebration of gluttony in 1993 on WIP (AM). ... The first World Cup of Hockey (WCH), or 1996 World Cup of Hockey, replaced the Canada Cup as the premier championship for professional ice hockey. ... In Your House Logo For the song In Your House by The Cure, see Seventeen Seconds In Your House was a pay-per-view series created by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... NLL redirects here. ... The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, that serves as the primary developmental circuit for the National Hockey League (NHL). ... WrestleMania XV was the fifteenth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... The NCAA Womens Division I Championship is an annual basketball tournament for women. ... The University of Connecticut is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ... Unforgiven is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment, which has been held in September since the 1999 edition. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... // Final four redirects here. ... Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The National Basketball Association staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... ESPN X Games logo The X Games is an annual multi-sport event with a focus on action sports. ... ESPN X Games logo The X Games is an annual multi-sport event with a focus on action sports. ... Royal Rumble 2004 was the seventeenth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event from World Wrestling Entertainment. ... The West Wing is a popular and widely acclaimed American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin and produced and co-written by John Wells. ... The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, that serves as the primary developmental circuit for the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Calder Cup is awarded annually to the playoff champion of the American Hockey League. ... // Final four redirects here. ... Survivor Series 2006 was the twentieth annual Survivor Series professional wrestling pay-per-view event from World Wrestling Entertainment. ... AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ...

External links

  • Official Website
Preceded by
The Spectrum
19671996
Home of the
Philadelphia Flyers

1996–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
The Spectrum
19671996
Home of the
Philadelphia 76ers

1996–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Fleet Center
Host of WrestleMania XV
1999
Succeeded by
Arrowhead Pond

Coordinates: 39°54′4.38″N, 75°10′19.36″W The Wachovia Spectrum (formerly known as the Spectrum (1967-1994), CoreStates Spectrum (1994-1998) and First Union Spectrum (1998-2003)) is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Wachovia Spectrum (formerly known as the Spectrum (1967-1994), CoreStates Spectrum (1994-1998) and First Union Spectrum (1998-2003)) is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... WrestleMania XV was the fifteenth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... This article is about the year. ... Honda Center, previously known as the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim and sometimes colloquially called the Honda Ponda, is an indoor arena in Anaheim, California. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Wachovia Center - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (619 words)
The Wachovia Center (formerly known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center) is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States.
The arena was originally named for CoreStates Bank, which agreed to pay $40 million over 21 years for the naming rights, with additional terms to be settled later for an additional eight year period at the end of the contract.
The naming rights were taken by First Union Bank in a merger in 1998 and then by Wachovia Bank in a 2003 merger with First Union.
Wachovia Financial Center - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (477 words)
It remained the tallest building in the southeastern U.S. until 1987, when it was surpassed by One Atlantic Center in Atlanta, and the tallest in Florida until October 1, 2003, when it was surpassed by the Four Seasons Hotel And Tower, also in Miami.
The Wachovia Financial Center is comprised of two buildings: the 55 story office tower and the 15 story parking annex.
The Wachovia Financial Center was designed by Edward Charles Bassett of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
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