High-profile acquisitions like Al Horford and Josh Richardson will provide the Sixers’ roster with yet another new look this year, but it won’t just be what is on the hardwood that will be new at the Wells Fargo Center heading into the 2019-20 season.
As part of its “Transformation 2020” initiative, the Wells Fargo Center announced the New City Terrace, a new space at the top level of the arena. It will feature an area for standing room tickets, which will be priced at $25 per ticket for Flyers games, with pricing for Sixers games still forthcoming. The “Assembly Room” will be a 23,000-square-foot “upscale, open-concept bar and lounge environment.”
The arena will also now feature the PlaySugarHouse.com Sports Lounge, open to anyone with a ticket, a revamped concourse, and the new Center City Club.
Two 50 foot bars have been installed within the Center City Club.— Wells Fargo Center (@WellsFargoCtr) September 10, 2019
Behind each bar is 700 total square feet of LED screen. pic.twitter.com/g5MjYy2qDL
Of course, the cherry on top is the mammoth new Kinetic 4K center-hung scoreboard, which looks glorious:
Here’s an expanding Goliath of a scoreboard. pic.twitter.com/AmzdbHoTUs— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) September 10, 2019
The Sixers have made improvements to the in-arena experience in the recent past like the pre-game court projections, Broadway-style lighting, and the flamethrowers that shoot up during starting lineup announcements. Philadelphia led the league in attendance last season, so I’m glad some of that revenue is finding its way back to further enhancing the fan experience (while also, the cynical part of me reasons, helping to efficiently separate the good people of the Delaware Valley from their wallets). Still, these new features look terrific. Fans should have a top-notch time watching the Sixers play into April...and May...and June?