Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Photographed in 2002 and 2005 using film. Photographed in 2007 using digital.

Wells Fargo Center opened in 1996 as the CoreStates Center. In 1998, it was called the First Union Center. In 2003, it became the Wachovia Center and in 2010 it again changed to the Wells Fargo Center.

The arena is the home to both the Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia 76ers. Nearby Villanova University uses the building for large crowd games. It is also home to the Philadelphia Soul of the AFL.

The Wachovia center rose from the ashes of JFK stadium. The new home for the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA and Flyers of the NHL began play in the fall of 1996. The original name was the CoreStates center, and changed to First Union center in 1998. In 2003 the name changed again to the Wachovia Center, then again to its present name, the Wells Fargo Center.

On October 5th 1996, the Flyers played their first game in the new arena. It was also their 30th anniversary of being in the NHL. The Florida Panthers beat the Flyers 3-1 to spoil the party. Brad Smyth of the Panthers had the distinction of scoring the first goal. The Flyers Dainius Zubrus tallied their first ever goal. On November 1, 1996, the 76ers had their first home game. Ironically, the Milwaukee Bucks, who a year earlier opened the Fleet center in Boston, were the opponent. Just like in Boston, the Bucks beat the home team, this time 111-103. The new arena was off and running.

Location - 3601 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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