The Philadelphia Flyers are in an active rebuild. The orange and black appointed Danny Briere as GM, and Keith Jones as President of hockey operations. Besides the front office changes, they also redesigned their jerseys. The biggest change at least for the players is a new locker room. This is a team that is completely ready to move on from their unsuccessful past, and ready to become a winning franchise.
While a new event floor, with new locker rooms, medical offices, dentists, and a V.I.P. access entry for fans doesn’t guarantee the team performing better; it does help set the tone. After touring the construction sight with nearly everything being torn down- the only remaining “standing.” structure was a painting on the wall with all the Flyers’ former captains. This is a team that wants to get back to its roots and be the tough competitive hockey team Philadelphia once knew.
President of the Wells Fargo Center, Phil Laws, spoke about the innovative plans for rebuilding the event floor. “A lot has changed since 1996.” Laws want to make the space modern. Laws explained they will not only redo the locker rooms, but add media spaces, visiting team media spaces, areas for the officials, and a family-based lounge for players’ families.
If you’re a fan reading this and think this won’t benefit you, Laws reassured me the most unique concept of the floor is the “stairway to heaven.” this set of stairs brings you from the Broadstreet entrance to the lounge on the event floor. This is the most luxurious experience a fan could have entering the Wells Fargo Center.
The event floor construction happens to be the final piece of the Wells Fargo Center 400+ million dollar renovation. The renovations are set to be completed by the start of the season.
The renovations also apply to the Sixers as they share the arena with the Flyers. The Sixers got brand-new locker rooms, which were in the works before the start of the Flyers’ side.