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Comcast-Spectacor Will Unveil a Bobby Clarke-Bernie Parent Statue at Xfinity Live! This Weekend

Kyle Scott - March 25, 2013

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As if women need any more incentive to sleep with Bernie Parent.

From PR man Ike Richman:

Comcast-Spectacor will unveil a new seven-foot tall bronze statue commemorating one of the most iconic moments in Philadelphia Flyers history during a free, open-to-the-public ceremony at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia on Saturday, March 30, beginning at 11 a.m. The unveiling of the new statue also marks the one-year anniversary of Philly's newest and most exciting dining and entertainment complex, XFINITY Live!

This new 400-pound statue depicts the Flyers greatest achievement in their history – winning back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships on May 19, 1974 and May 27, 1975. The new statue features then team captain Bob Clarke and goaltender Bernie Parent hoisting the Stanley Cup. 

 

Not present: the 800-pound gorilla reminding folks that the Flyers haven't won another Cup in 38 years. If only Mr. Snider would stop employing homegrown yes-men, maybe he would find some players to put on a statue in front of his next money grab.

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Xfinity Live! Caught Serving Minors, Responds To Complaints

Kyle Scott - May 2, 2012

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Pitbull's "Give Me Everything," being played in classic German style

Last night, FOX Philly did a little bit of investigative work on drinking at Xfinity Live!, detailing in two separate reports a finding by the PA liquor control board that a minor was served alcohol, and other incidents of general debauchery.

On April 18, one underage person, working undercover with the LCB, was served alcohol five separate times, apparently by five separate vendors. And, this weekend, FOX documented numerous occasions of people being escorted out of or stumbling from the building. 

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The investigator had come here probing complaints that the place was packed to the rafters, causing fights.

Investigators returned on April 18, the night of a big Flyers-Penguins matchup, only this time with an underage person looking to buy booze. It was no trouble at all.

Pennsylvania State Police have slapped Xfinity Live with a letter telling them they sold to a minor five times, a serious violation likely to bring a citation.

 

It’s the sort of thing that goes on, on some level, at nearly every large bar or entertainment district or whatever you want to call it. A few 20-year-olds are bound to be served, a few drunks will puke and remove the bathroom stall door, fights will happen, and people will slither out not knowing which way is up or who they’re going home with. Some of us call that Saturday. But, the fact that Xfinity Live! has already drawn complaints from the LCB (and some of you in the comments and on Twitter)… well, it’s noteworthy.

I spoke with Comcast-Spectacor PR man Ike Richman, who issued this statement:

With more than 300,000 visitors coming through Xfinity Live! since we opened, we believe this is an isolated incident in which an undercover police office was able to get past security. We take this VERY seriously and have increased security, added ID scanners, and increased check points, to assure that it never occurs again.  

I can tell you that we have been checked by the LCB on several other accounts and have had no issues at all.  

Again, we take this very seriously and we will do everything we can to assure our patrons that this is a safe, fun and exciting venue for everyone. 

 

The fact that one underage person was served alcohol on one afternoon isn’t exactly the most damning accusation in the world. I’d posit that nearly every bar – especially one serving 300,000 people in 30 days (my word!) – has served an underage person at some point, whether they were caught or not. Bartenders, as a whole, are not usually pillars of solid judgement (sorry, 'tenders… love you).

What stands out to me, though, is the mention of crowds and the place being “packed to the rafters.” Richman told me that Xfinity Live! never exceeds its capacity, which is nearly 2,800 humans and one mechanical bull, but that doesn’t mean the joint isn’t entirely too small for that many people to hang comfortably. That’s the issue here– not the one documented instance of underage drinking, rather the fact that you can’t move when something – anything – is going on in there. 

Back when I was given a preview of the place in December, my lone question centered on whether the place would be too crowded.

I wrote:

But how crowded will it be? McFadden’s is a standalone option, too, yet I still get penetrated by meatheads if I take two steps to my right. 

You read my mind– I don’t like getting penetrated by meatheads, either. To me, McFadden’s isn’t a pleasurable experience on game days… neither is a crowded Ashburn Alley. Both have decent offerings, and great location, but the appeal is lost by having to deal with the ridiculous crowds. What should be an enjoyable experience turns into a fight just to get a beer and a pork sandwich.

That’s my concern with Xfinity Live! 

Ultimately, Chickie’s and Pete’s is successful as a pre and post-game option because, while crowded, it manages the masses beautifully. You may wait for a seat, but the bar area is wide-open and service is insanely fast, though not rushed. 

Xfinity Live! is going to be big and have many open areas, but if the crowds aren’t managed properly or there are bottlenecks in bad spots, the whole experience could suffer. From the images I’ve seen, the design looks open enough, though.

 

The building itself, the amenities, the 32-foot HD screen, food and beer selections are mostly decent. The problem is that they’re nearly impossible to enjoy during peak hours, which is most of the time at Xfinity Live!. The place becomes a massive bar, not a dining and entertainment district. And with that comes LOUD NOISES and the type of people who are out to get shitfaced. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s just now happening on a massive, corporate-funded scale, in the middle of the sports complex. Which leads to mass drunkenness, fights, not enough taxis, and these types of stories.  

That’s the takeaway here: Comcast isn’t out to serve alcohol to minors or incite chaos. They’re just struggling through the growing pains of the place being too small.

Videos of FOX’s reports are after the jump.

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And Now, Bull Riding Fun at Xfinity Live!

Kyle Scott - April 19, 2012

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What happens in PBR at Xfinity Live! stays… on the Internet.

I told you. I told you that bull-riding mishaps and chaos were going to be all the rage. Two videos, for your viewing pleasure, of mechanical bull-riding at Xfinity Live!

This first one, apparently taken last eve, comes to us from Jimmy Traina, of SI.com’s Hot Clicks. Watch as the drunk guy starts smacking the bull, who is clearly in a position of dominance.

For the love of all that is holy– will people please start holding the iPhone the correct way when taking a video:

This, folks, is how white people get hurt.

Second, a more upbeat video, sent to us by reader Dan, who works over this broad…

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The Entire Flyers Team Showed Up at Xfinity Live! on Saturday Night

Kyle Scott - April 9, 2012

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Photo via (@DaniAdi22)

See, now this is pretty cool.

I spent about six hours at Xfinity Live! on Saturday to watch the Flyers and Phillies games. We’ll have a full, reader-assisted review of the joint (hint– it’s awesome) most likely tomorrow, but this was worth calling attention to: 

At around 9 p.m., just two hours after the Flyers wrapped up the regular season in Pittsburgh, the entire team – including coaches, GM and Ed Snider – rolled in for a private party in the mezzanine VIP section. They were there to watch a playoff video (presumably some sort of pump-up, season recap jam) and, well, party.

Coming straight from the airport, players and coaches parked or were dropped off over on the 11th street side of the building, meaning that most of them had to walk across the crowded floor, amongst fans who, just hours earlier, were watching them on the big screen.

That was fun to watch.

We were seated at the bar just below the mezzanine level, which meant that just about every played walked right by us. Ms. CB sort of lost it when Lavs and Wayne Simmonds (…) walked by. We left not too long after they arrived and, when walking through the Philly Marketplace – the open area hub in the middle of Xfinity Live! – got to enjoy some of the commentary from folks who couldn’t believe that they were staring at the Flyers, who were mostly all positioned at or near the railing (as you can see in the pictures).

While The Chairman canoodled with his significantly younger significant other in plain view of the crowd, one guy yelled, “Get it in, Ed!” 

Another: “Pop a Viagra!” 

Then, when Peter Laviolette came into view, one bargoer, who would probably enjoy the humor on this here site, blankly told his friend, “That’s Peter Laviolette– he has a 14-inch cock.”

Indeed he does, bargoer. Indeed he does.

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Photo via (@TheMightyEROCK)

They’re Riding F$%#ing LIVE BULLS in The Wells Fargo Center Parking Lot Today

Kyle Scott - April 6, 2012

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I’m putting off my Xfinity Live! review until I get a second chance to experience the place in-full (which I will this weekend). The early reviews – meaning, people on the interwebtuals – are extremely positive. The segmented layout of the place – four restaurants surrounding a gigantic sports bar – probably doesn’t function as was originally intended… but I’m not so sure that even matters. Everyone just drinks, it doesn't matter where.

When I walked into the complex for the first time (the first time since it’s been completed, at least) on Saturday between Flyers and Sixers games, the entire building felt like one big frat party– and I don’t mean that as a bad thing. Ms. CB and I immediately strolled into the Victory Beer Hall, at 6 p.m., expecting to find crowded, yet relatively tame atmosphere. Instead, a house band was playing Pitbull’s Give Me Everything as about three dozen people danced on tabletops. Hardly a German-style beer hall. But again– no one was complaining.

We stayed for one more song– Rihanna’s We Found Love.

Anyway, without experiencing the joint during downtime (which may not exist at Xfinity Live!), I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying that the whole place is just one big fucking party. So of course the grand opening of PBR today will feature eight live bulls in the parking lot

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At 11 a.m. bull riders will, presumably, um, ride bulls to usher in this new era of craziness at the stadium complex. PBR, as it’s called, is the Tex-Mex style restaurant that doubles as a brothel the sluttiest, most curiously-placed, oddest and delightfully intriguing bar South Philly has ever seen. It’s like someone gave the guys from GirlsofPhilly.com (NSFW!!!) a $100k and told them to open a sports bar, and this is what they came up with.

We’ll have coverage of the bulls later, if anything interesting happens. 

Video after the jump from Victory Beer Hall and PBR.

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Everything You Need to Know About Xfinity Live!

Kyle Scott - March 29, 2012

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Photo: Xfinity Live! Facebook page

Xfinity Live! has been opened up for several previews this past week, but the dining and entertainment district officially opens to the public tomorrow, when Third Eye Blind (…) will perform.

We’ll have a full review on Monday. This winter, though, I got two previews of the joint. Both include just about every detail you want to know: What’s in there? How big is the TV? How much is parking? What are the food options? What are the hours?

Some additional details have been added, but for the most part this is everything you need to know about Xfinity Live!

Everything You Want to Know About Xfinity Live! Philadelphia

A Video Tour of (an uncompleted) Xfinity Live!

This is What The Victory Beer Hall Will Look Like

Some Video Tours of the Individual Venues at Xfinity Live!

Xfinity Live! has a full list of specials and times on their website, too.

A Video Tour of Xfinity Live! Philadelphia

Kyle Scott - February 6, 2012

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As most of you know by now, Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, as it’s officially named, will open the weekend of March 28-30. Back in December, I got an exclusive preview of what you can expect to see inside the new entertainment center, located smack dab in the middle of the Philly sports complex near where the Spectrum used to stand. There will be six main areas: Philly marketplace, NBC Sports Arena, PBR Bar and Grill, Broad Street Bullies Pub, Spectrum Grill, and Victory Beer Hall.

On Thursday, Xfinity Live! VP of Marketing Rob Johnson gave me a tour of the complex which is now just 53 days away from opening. There is still much work to be done, as I had to sidestep puddles, wires, and duck under wood beams and scaffolding (once unsuccessfully…), but it will be open for Bruce Springsteen concertgoers on March 28.

 

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One of the most-heard reactions to our first post was regarding the size– it doesn’t look big enough to hold six separate areas. Well, without seeing the finished product, I can tell you that the inside is much more open than the building's footprint would lead you to believe. Crowd control will all depend on how well the Xfinity Live! (!!!) folks segment patrons into each of the different areas. On event days and during peak hours, most if not all areas will be open to the public. The full schedule is as follows:

Everyday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.: Broad Street Bullies Pub, NBC Sports Arena, Philly Marketplace

Tuesday-Sunday and event days 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Spectrum Grill (earlier hours based on event start time)

Thursday-Sunday and event days 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Victory Beer Hall (earlier hours based on event start time), PBR (earlier hours based on event start time)

In short, Xfinity Live! will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Two main entranceways, one facing the Wells Fargo Center and one facing Citizens Bank Park, will lead into the marketplace. That area will feature an Old Original Cheesesteak Company stand, where you can mix and match your favorite styles and cuts of streak from well-known local establishments (Pat’s cut, Geno’s cut, etc.). The marketplace will look into the NBC Sports Arena, where a massive, 32-foot HD screen will hang (the largest of its kind– the Cowboys’ screen is bigger, but doesn’t have as high of a resolution). The marketplace will be the hub and center of the complex and will also feature a Chickie’s and Pete’s, a Nick’s Roast Beef, a yet-unannounced coffee bar with “adult milkshakes,” and a yet-unannounced popular local apparel company.

Like the marketplace and NBC Sports Arena, the other four areas will be individually managed: a Philly-style sports bar (Broad Street Bullies Pub), a high-end steak joint (Spectrum Grille), a Tex-Mex style restaurant complete with mechanical bull (PBR), and a German-style beer garden (The Victory Beer Hall).

The Victory Beer Hall has a mezzanine level and a 2,000 square-foot outdoor patio complete with fire pit. 

PBR Bar and Grill is “Tex-Mex by day” and “party bar” at night. It will feature a giant mechanical bull in the center of the room.

Broad Street Bullies Pub is being marketed as a “neighborhood bar,” and will be the most family friendly area of Xfinity Live!.

Spectrum Grill aims to compete and beat high-end steakhouses like the Capital Grille. 

There will be free parking on non-event days, and free parking one hour after the last event begins on game days.

Most parts of Xfinity Live! will be flexible and convertible. Many of the mezzanine areas, including the one overlooking the marketplace and 32-foot HD screen, will be used for DJ booths, live acts, radio stations, VIPs, and as rental space. The complex can seat 1,500 people, but there are many standing areas, and a maximum occupancy has yet to be established.

There are no finishings or fixtures in place, but the video after the jump gives you a good idea of the size and layout of Xfinity Live! Enjoy.

Read our comprehensive preview from back in December here.

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Xfinity Live! Will Open on March 30

Kyle Scott - January 26, 2012

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Xfinity Live! (!!!) 
announced today that they will open one week earlier than the originally scheduled April 5 date. The venue will now hold its grand opening on March 30, with a preview to Bruce Springsteen ticket holders on March 28 and 29.

If you have no idea what the hell Xfinity Live! is, you can read all about it here.