Some of its balcony luxury boxes and black-colored seats below the mezzanine will be casualties of a multi-year, $250 million renovation of the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly.
Owner Comcast Spectacor is opting for such renovation work rather than a much more expensive tear-down and replacement of the arena, which serves as the home of the Flyers and the Sixers.
The work is expected to start this summer, with the contractors knocking out cinder-block walls on the 200-level mezzanine to add about 7,000 square feet for fans to socialize. As the Inquirer’s Bob Fernandez notes, the work will open up areas currently off limits to the public.
An upgrade to the main concourse will come next. That work could include creating additional food options. Then, in the summer of 2020, the arena’s event level, underneath the main concourse, will get its own upgrade.
All totaled, some 21,500 seats could be replaced. Don’t fret, though: The work is being designed so as not to disrupt games nor interfere with concerts.