The Wells Fargo Center will undergo a massive redesign in the coming years in hopes of making game day and concert-going experiences vastly improved for fans.
76ers star center Joel Embiid would have preferred they simply start anew.
Gotta respect his honesty.
The Center, which opened in 1996, will undergo a multi-phase redesign that will cost roughly $250 million and include the following, per a release:
Multifunctional, open-concept concourses featuring views of Philadelphia’s skyline
Over 150 new LED game-action screens, menu boards and illumination technology delivering a complete visual transformation
8,000 brand new seats featuring cup holders
Expanded Food and Beverage Locations and Offerings
In addition to more social spaces, the Center will also get a brand new state of the art sound system and more than 10,000 incremental square feet of LED displays.
"Our guests have unlimited entertainment options at their fingertips,” President of the Wells Fargo Center John Page said in the release. "We’ve designed this next phase of the Wells Fargo Center to promote more social gathering inside the arena, and enhanced technology offerings that improve the overall experience."
The redesigned mezzanine level is scheduled to be completed by fall of 2018 with additional changes to follow.
On Friday, beloved former Phillies second baseman Chase Utley announced he will retire at the end of the season in order to spend more time with his family (see story). His contract was slated for another year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but Utley will end his career at the culmination of this season, his 16th in the majors.
For fans, this marks the end of what was an incredible journey with Utley. The love felt for Utley is clear from the reactions across social media. Here are some of the ones that best speak to Utley’s mark on Philadelphia.
The Dodgers will play in Philadelphia in two weeks, opening the series July 23 at 7:05 p.m. Fans will have one last chance to see him play at Citizens Bank Park. Then, we wait for a potential Hall of Fame announcement.
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Who says nothing good happens on Twitter?
After Eagles fans were upset about low ratings for many of the team's players, including Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, the team's official Twitter account made an appeal to the makers of the game to adjust their ratings.
Some on Twitter noticed that Foles' catch rating was a paltry 32 while New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's catch rating was a 39. Perhaps you watched Super Bowl LII in which Brady DROPPED A PASS while Foles caught a TOUCHDOWN that will go down as one of the greatest plays in Philly sports history.
Here's the Eagles initial appeal to EA Sports:
EA then put the play under review:
What does this mean? Probably not much but it is another small victory for Nick Foles — a man already known for his winning.
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