Identity Crisis: Flyers Arena Changes Names, Again


For the billionth time in the last 14 years, the home of your Philadelphia Flyers has had another corporate name change . Dismantled are the signs that bear the title, “Wachovia Center.” Soon to be, um, mantled are signs that say, “Wells Fargo Center.” Of course, we the fans cannot go about calling our building by it’s full name. We need a nickname. But first, a brief look back at the history of the building. The first home... The year was 1996, and the original home of the Flyers , the Spectrum, was getting old.  It was a new era, in which stadiums needed to have more amenities, to bring in more revenue, bigger clients, better athletes and performers. Eric Lindros was still early in his career, was expected to rule the NHL, and the team needed a new place to play.  And that year, construction on the new building was completed, just in time for the 2006-2007 season.  While under construction, the arean was dubbed “Spectrum II”.  However, CoreStates Bank had the naming rights, and the  CoreStates Center was born.  Team owner Ed Snider proudly proclaimed that in the inaugural season, he predicted a Stanley Cup Final

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