The Wells Fargo Center transformation project, which was paused because of the coronavirus pandemic, has resumed as the arena continues to undergo renovations ahead of the fall sports season.
The $300 million, multi-year project is approximately two-thirds complete, with the latest phase focused on the club level, where upgraded, brand-new seats will be in place by the fall. Next summer, the arena will see upgrades to its exterior, entrances, food and beverage options and more.
“The Wells Fargo Center is a pillar of our city, both culturally and economically, and this transformation project will ensure that it remains Philadelphia’s home for hockey, basketball, lacrosse, concerts and events for decades to come,” Wells Fargo Center president of business operations Valerie Camillo said in a release Monday. “Since we started this project, we’ve viewed it as an investment in the city, the neighborhood and the stadium district, which is why we’re funding it ourselves without any public, taxpayer dollars. As the city emerges from the pandemic, whether we’re hosting 20,000 fans for Flyers and 76ers games or putting hundreds of people back to work, the Wells Fargo Center is going to be a major part of Philadelphia’s comeback story.”
The Wells Fargo Center has already revamped its mezzanine and suite levels, along with two sports betting lounges. Also as part of this project, the arena had a state-of-the-art scoreboard and LED video/lighting system put in, as well as new lower-bowl seats. Earlier this year, after an $11 million renovation of the HVAC system, which has all the air in the seating bowl of the arena replaced every 30 minutes, the Wells Fargo Center received the International WELL Building Institute's health-safety rating for facility operations and management.
“The restart of this major transformation project is yet another example that Philadelphia is rebounding from the pandemic in a big way,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in the release. “This multi-million dollar project will not only bring new life to this incredible facility, but also have a positive economic impact on our local labor market. I look forward to its completion and to cheering on our sports teams from this state-of-the-art venue.”
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