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About the Wachovia Center
The Wachovia Center is located in Philadelphia, PA, but has not always been known by the same name. The arena was originally named for CoreStates Bank, which payed $40 million over 21 years for the naming rights, with additional terms to be settled later for an additional eight year period at the end of the contract. The naming rights were taken by First Union Bank in a merger in 1998 and then by Wachovia Bank in a 2003 merger with First Union. While under the First Union name, it was affectionately referred to as the "F.U. Center" by the locals.
Since opening in 1996, the Wachovia Center has garnered a lot of attention for the events it attracts and the benefits it offers. To keep the venue busy, there are four professional sports teams that play home games there. They include the Philadelphia 76ers, the Philadelphia Soul, the Philadelphia Wings, and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Fans never have to worry about seating issues because the Wachovia Center has a capacity of up to 21,600. This makes the venue one of the biggest in professional sports in terms of pure capacity.
Also, the Wachovia Center holds numerous concerts of big-name stars. Billy Joel currently holds the sellout record for the complex with a record 17 sellouts. He, along with Bruce Springsteen, even have banners hanging from the rafters in the orange & black colors of the Flyers honoring both his 46 Philadelphia sellouts and Springsteen's 45 Philadelphia sellouts respectively.
After two years of construction, the Wachovia Center was finally ready to open. And since day one, it has been a success.