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No Pucks Given: Arena Food Reviews “The Fishtown Steak”

Russ Joy - February 26, 2020

The excitement was palpable. The Flyers were getting ready to square off against the lowly San Jose Sharks, a game which they won 4-2. I was preparing for our typical setup of “The Press Row Show” when I saw this tweet from the fine folks at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA:

Well, WFC Twitter account, you had my curiosity at “pretzel roll”, but you had my attention at “house-made lager cheese sauce”. So I did what anyone in my position would do. I tried to get the attention of our fearless leader Kyle Scott in Slack, often an exercise in futility, but just one hour and nineteen minutes after I asked him if I should review the new sandwich, he responded, “Yes Russ. Are you there now?” Of course I was. I was at Wells Fargo Center in body, but my mind and spirit were with this culinary creation. Would the caramelized onions be diced, as they often are on WFC cheesesteaks, or would they show up in rings? Could the lager cheese be that different from the cheese whiz you find on the typical sandwich? Would the ground pork have awkward chunks with casing? Would that gorgeous pretzel roll hold up to the various juices that often render a hoagie roll useless by the time you take your seat? Most importantly, would the sandwich match the description?

I decided that in the interest of fairness, I should include my culinary comrade on press row, Anthony SanFilippo, to accompany me on this journey to Section 110 to answer those questions and more. The results were truly surprising.

We hope you enjoy this inaugural episode of “No Pucks Given: Arena Food Reviews”.

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BetRivers and Wells Fargo Center Will Unveil Sports Lounges at Flyers Home Opener

Russ Joy - October 8, 2019

The Flyers’ home opener is Wednesday night against the New Jersey Devils and there are changes abound at the Wells Fargo Center. We’ve previously covered the standing-room-only tickets, video game areas, and overall improvements to the Center, but this newest announcement should be of interest to anyone looking to enjoy a multitude of games on screens while watching the games below.

As part of “Transformation 2020“, Wells Fargo Center and BetRivers will unveil two new, high-tech lounges to coincide with the Flyers’ home opener.

Valerie Camillo, President of Business Operations for the Flyers and Wells Fargo Center, said of the new lounges:

We are thrilled to launch our partnership with SugarHouse, soon to be Rivers Casino and BetRivers.com, through these sport lounges which will undoubtedly elevate the game day experience at the Wells Fargo Center. Both spaces are stunning additions to what has already been the most transformative phase of our renovation project and we know our fans will be delighted with the design and experience.

The mentioning of SugarHouse’s transition to BetRivers is something we previously covered, as was Wells Fargo Center’s initial partnership with SugarHouse.

Per the official press release, Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, the operator of the in-casino and online sportsbooks for SugarHouse, soon to be Rivers Casino Philadelphia expressed excitement:

We can’t wait for Philadelphia sports fans to experience these new sports lounges. We know how passionate this city is when it comes to sports and we took great care to make sure these lounges have everything guests need to watch and get in on the action as it’s happening.

Let’s take a look at the lounges and what they’ll feature.

BetRivers.com Sports Lounge

Wells Fargo Center Sports Lounge

The BetRivers.com Sports Lounge, located on the New City Terrace, will face the arena’s bowl, allowing fans to watch the live action below, while taking in games on a massive LED wall that measures 22-feet long by 8-feet tall. The sports lounge, occupying nearly 6,500 square feet of space, will offer an open environment for fans to take in the game while betting online through the BetRivers Pennsylvania app.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia Sports Lounge

Wells Fargo Center Sports Lounge

The Rivers Casino Philadelphia Sports Lounge, located on the Main Concourse level, is located in the completely redesigned south end of the Wells Fargo Center. This 5,680 square foot lounge will feature ten 86″ screens grouped throughout seating areas, as well as odds boards and sixteen additional 65″ monitors at the bar.

If you’re heading down to the Flyers’ home opener and happen to check out either lounge, let us know what you think.

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This Wells Fargo Center Worker Dances Like Everybody is Watching

Jim Adair - January 14, 2015

Sometimes guys just want to dance.

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Former Penguin says You Don’t Want to Bring Your Kids to the Wells Fargo Center

Jim Adair - January 8, 2015

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Our reaction exactly, Wayne. Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Brooks Orpik spent the first eleven seasons of his career in a Penguins uniform, so he knows what it’s like to be treated like the enemy at the Wells Fargo Center. He plays for the Capitals now, and in the lead up to the Caps’ first game at the WFC this season, he shared some words about what playing on the hostile Wells Fargo ice is like:

“It’s probably not a building you want to bring your kids to, that’s for sure. You’ll learn some new language, especially with the way the benches are set up, they’re kind of open to the crowd.

It can be entertaining, too. Sometimes they get pretty creative with the signs and I’ve seen them go a little overboard, too. It’s always a real fun building as long as you don’t get behind early. If you get behind early it can be a pretty tough building to play in.”

Okay Brooks. First of all, it’s probably some (well taught) kids yelling some of that stuff at you to begin with. And secondly, isn’t “new language” just a sign of the fans’ creativity? They’re artists. Then again, where you bring your kids is entirely up to you. And some people wouldn’t bring their kids to tonight’s Capitals/Flyers game for a different reason:

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Comcast Spectacor is Planning to Overhaul the Wells Fargo Center, Sometime

Jim Adair - January 5, 2015

The Wells Fargo Center is getting a little old. The Flyers have been playing there longer than the Braves have been playing at Turner Field, and the Braves are outta there. The venue itself isn’t remarkable. It’s a bit bland, the concourse is nothing to write home about, and you can sometimes feel like you’ve got the Comcast logo tattooed on the inside of your eyelids. But other than that? Sure, not bad. [Editor’s note: Jim didn’t go far enough– it’s a fucking soulless phone book with some halfway decent foodstuffs.]

Nevertheless, updates are coming. Kind of. As reported by Frank Seravalli in the Daily News over the holidays, at least one of them is coming tomorrow: Wi-Fi. But that’s not all. In talking about the state of the Flyers’ (and Comcast-Spectacor’s) front office since the departure of Peter Luukko, Seravalli gave some brief details of other upgrades on the way:

  • January 6 – “the Wells Fargo Center is expected to unveil a speedy, arena-wide WiFi system to enhance communication and in-game interaction for fans.”
  • 2016-ish sometime – “a total refresh of the suite and club levels.”
  • 2016-ish, sometime later – “a significant update to both the upper and lower concourses.”

It’s not like the WFC (formerly the CSC, FUC, WC, and anything else you want to throw at it) has never been updated or touched. In 2006 — the building’s 10th year — they hung a new scoreboard and those LED lights that encircle the arena and change its color when a Chickie’s and Pete’s ad is displayed on them. HD TVs were added. They probably mopped some floors. But this is going to be a bigger deal. Seravalli describes the plan as a “multimillion-dollar modernization” of the arena, which would likely give a complete facelift to most of the areas your typical fan is likely to be. Add to that plan a Sixers mascot, and you’ve got the complete Flyers/Sixers gameday package. Some wins would be nice too, but that’s secondary.

Sixers Attendance is up from Last Season … Wait, WHAT?

Jim Adair - December 5, 2014

Ah, look at all the lonely people Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ah, look at all the lonely people
Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, the new arena lighting (Kyle perks up) puts many fans in shadow, but you can still tell in the picture above — and by having eyes and ears — that the Sixers aren’t drawing many people to their games. On average, it looks like the arena is 70% empty. But what if I told you it was 70% full, because that is what I am telling you.

According to Philadelphia Business Journal (and ESPN), the Sixers are averaging 14,237 people at each home game this year, a growth of 368 fans per game from last year. They finished 29th in attendance last year, beating out only the Milwaukee Bucks, and sit at 29th right now just above the Detroit Pistons, who are only filling 61.8% of their arena.

I really don’t know what to make of this. Obviously, the people who aren’t on board with the plan aren’t going, but those on board with the plan have no extra reason to go this year vs. last, unless K.J. and Nerlens alone (and the spirit of supporting the team) account for those extra 368 people. And you know what? Maybe they do. Or maybe those numbers account for giveaways and promotions and all that (they do). Plus, Scott O’Neil told us that season ticket renewals were up because people wanted to get in on the ground floor. But also, you could get a seat in the lower level on the secondary market for cheap, and hope to catch a K.J. block. They should put that on a billboard.