The Wells Fargo Center is a multi-purpose arena located in Philadelphia. It serves as the home of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League; the arena lies at the southwest corner of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, which includes Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, Xfinity Live!. The Wells Fargo Center called Spectrum II, was completed in 1996 to replace the Spectrum as the home arena of the 76ers and Flyers, on the former site of John F. Kennedy Stadium at a cost of $210 million privately financed, it is owned by Comcast Spectacor, which owns the Flyers, is operated by its arena-management subsidiary, Global Spectrum. Since opening, it has been known by a number of different names through naming rights deals and bank mergers, including CoreStates Center from 1996 to 1998, First Union Center from 1998 to 2003, Wachovia Center from 2003 to 2010. Since 2010, naming rights have been held by financial services company Wells Fargo, after their merger with Wachovia.
In addition to hosting home games for its main tenants, the arena has been the site of a number of other notable athletic events including Games 1 and 2 from the 1997 and Games 3, 4 and 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2001 NBA Finals, various collegiate events for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Wells Fargo Center has hosted two political conventions, hosting the 2000 Republican National Convention and 2016 Democratic National Convention; the arena is a regular venue for concerts and WWE events. The arena has a concert seating capacity of at least 21,500 standing. Before its construction, the proposed arena was tentatively called "Spectrum II"; the Wells Fargo Center was named for CoreStates Bank, which agreed to pay $40 million over 21 years for the naming rights, with additional terms to be settled for an additional eight-year period at the end of the contract. However, the contract has gone through multiple hands due to various bank mergers. Installation of the new Wells Fargo Center branding began on July 27, 2010, with the removal of the Wachovia Center signage, followed by the installation of the new Wells Fargo Center signage.
Work was completed in September 2010. Beginning in the 2015–16 NBA season for a short time, the 76ers ceased recognizing Wells Fargo's naming rights and referred to the facility as "The Center", as the institution is not a sponsor of the team; the Wells Fargo Center logo decal which sat on the 76ers court was in the most minimal text discernible by television cameras, colored in white to blend in with the floor. With the start of the new year in January 2016 with input from Comcast Spectacor, the logo decal was enlarged and repainted in black; the 76ers signed a non-signage sponsorship agreement with Firstrust Bank as their official banking sponsor. The Wells Fargo Center seats 20,318 for NBA and NCAA basketball and 19,541 for NHL hockey and indoor NLL lacrosse. With additional standing-room admissions available in luxury and club-box suites, the total paid capacity increases; the Wells Fargo Center has 126 luxury suites, 1,880 club-box seats, a variety of restaurants and clubs available for use by patrons.
In addition, the offices and production facilities of NBC Sports Philadelphia are all located in the facility. On June 10, 2005, the Wachovia Center set a record for the highest attendance for an indoor hockey game in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania when the Philadelphia Phantoms won Game 4 of the 2005 Calder Cup Finals over the Chicago Wolves to win the Calder Cup; the attendance record was broken on June 9, 2010, as the Wachovia Center set another attendance record of 20,327 for Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. The Wells Fargo Center set a record for the highest attendances for a college basketball game in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania on January 29, 2017, when Villanova played and defeated Virginia before a crowd of 20,907. On August 1, 2006, Comcast Spectacor announced it would install a new center-hung scoreboard to replace the original one made by Daktronics; the new scoreboard, manufactured by ANC Sports, is similar to other scoreboards in new NBA & NHL arenas. An additional linear LED display lining the entire arena was installed between the suite and mezzanine levels.
Other renovations for the Wachovia Center's ten-year anniversary included upgrading the suites with more flat screen HDTV's, as well as changing ticket providers from Ticketmaster to New Era Tickets, owned by Comcast Spectacor. The public address announcer at the Wells Fargo Center for Flyers games is Lou Nolan, who moved with the team from the Spectrum, where he worked since 1972. Matt Cord is the PA announcer for 76ers games. Jim Bachman is the PA announcer for Villanova basketball games. Vinnie Caligiuri was the PA announcer for the Philadelphia Soul during their tenure. Kevin Casey handled PA duties for the original Philadelphia Wings during their tenure. Marc Farzetta is the PA announcer for the current Philadelphia Wings. Wells Fargo Center continued further renovatio
The 2015 Pure Michigan 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on August 16, 2015, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Contested over 200 laps on the 2 mile D–shaped oval, it was the 23rd race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Matt Kenseth won his third of the season. Kevin Harvick finished second. Martin Truex, Jr. finished third. Austin Dillon and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five. Kenseth led 146 laps on his way to victory lane. There were 16 lead changes among eight different drivers as well as eight caution flag periods for 31 laps; this was the 34th career victory for Matt Kenseth, third of the season, third at Michigan International Speedway and eighth at the track for Joe Gibbs Racing. Despite being the winning manufacturer, Toyota left Michigan trailing Chevrolet by 70–points in the manufacturer standings. However, they usurped second in the standings from Ford; the Pure Michigan 400 was carried by NBC Sports on the cable/satellite NBCSN network for the American television audience.
The radio broadcast for the race was carried by Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Michigan International Speedway is a two-mile moderate-banked D-shaped speedway located off U. S. Highway 12 on more than 1,400 acres four-mile south of the village of Brooklyn, in the scenic Irish Hills area of southeastern Michigan; the track is used for NASCAR events. It is sometimes known as a "sister track" to Texas World Speedway, was used as the basis of Auto Club Speedway; the track is owned by International Speedway Corporation. Michigan International Speedway is recognized as one of motorsports' premier facilities because of its wide racing surface and high banking. Kevin Harvick entered Michigan with a 42–point lead over Joey Logano. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. entered 73 back. Jimmie Johnson entered 76 back. Brad Keselowski entered 104 back. For the weekend's race, NASCAR used the same high–drag package, used at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. One change from the Indy package included an additional air duct mandated on the right–side window of the car.
This was an option left up to the teams. What led NASCAR to mandating this was the excessive heat buildup in the cars caused by the high–downforce package. "I would not be surprised to see a lot of car failures this weekend, specific to heat relation as it pertains to the aero package and its kind of cause and effects," Brad Keselowski said during a teleconference Tuesday. "And inside the car I would not be surprised to see a lot of hot and worn out drivers after the race. We all know we’re in for a handful of the race." The entry list for the Pure Michigan 400 was released on Monday, August 10 at 10:31 a.m. Eastern time. Forty-four cars were entered for the race. All but the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford were entered in the previous week's race at Watkins Glen. The four driver changes for this race were Josh Wise returning to the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford, Travis Kvapil driving the No. 33 Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet, Brett Moffitt returning to the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford and Reed Sorenson returning to the No. 62 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet.
Carl Edwards was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 36.726 and a speed of 196.046 mph. Matt Kenseth won the pole with a speed of 197.488 mph. "We’ve had a fast racecar here this weekend," said Kenseth. "Hopefully, we can get it ready to race. Having the No. 1 starting spot is great." "We aren’t first so we aren’t satisfied," said Joey Logano. "Qualifying here is interesting. I had my hands full, I can tell you that much. I was sawing away at it but we'll be close enough to the front to get a good pit stall, so the guys have that going for them. We'll go to work on dialing it in some more during practice." "Tomorrow, we'll run more around other cars and learn more about what the package is going to be like for the race," Jeff Gordon said of the new rules package. "We won’t know until they drop the green and there are 43 cars going into Turn 1." Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 36.964 and a speed of 194.784 mph. Martin Truex, Jr. was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 37.553 and a speed of 191.729 mph.
In the first five minutes of the session, Kyle Busch's car got loose exiting turn 4, slid down through the grass and destroyed the splitter. This forced the No. 18 team to roll out his backup car. As a result, he started the race from the rear of the field. “I was just running along, everything was fine and I was feeling pretty good about it,” Busch said. “Just started to get a little free up off of four. It started stepping out. I over-corrected and hit the wall so this time around I just kind of made it keep rotating and head down towards the infield. I think we need more grass at these race tracks, I think the apron should be full of grass.” In the final few minutes of the session, Austin Dillon reported that his engine had "No RPM's" and was forced to change engines. As a result, he too started the race from the rear of the field. Just as the field began rolling off pit road, Timmy Hill blew his engine and went to the garage before the green flag flew; the race was scheduled to start at 2:46 p.m. but started nine minutes when Matt Kenseth led the field to the green flag.
The first caution of the race flew the same lap when David Ragan got sideways and spun through the infield grass while heading into turn 1. The race restarted on lap 6; the second caution of the
Emil Assentato is an American racing driver born in New York City. His career has seen him competing in the SCCA Formula Ford competition from 1973-1976 in local as well as National events. In that time he won the 1974 New York Region Formula Ford class. After 19 years of reluctant retirement after a death defying accident at Lime Rock Park Labor Day 1976, interspersed with occasional go-karting events, Emil re-entered competition in 1995 in the Ferrari Challenge Series campaigning a Ferrari 348 Challenge for most of the 1995 and 1996 events in North America. In 1996 he compiled 3 wins and a second and third in five starts in that series, he debuted a Ford Mustang Cobra R in Motorola Cup competition in 1996 with teammate Nick Longhi and competed part-time with that car in the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Entered a full-time program with the same car in 2001 in Grand-Am Cup competition, he and Nick Longhi won their first major event in this series in November 2001 at the Daytona Finale and nearly won the GS II championship with it in 2002, losing that Championship chase by 7 points because of a DNF in the final race.
He competed in the Rolex GT Series in 2000 with Spencer Pumpelly in five races in which their best finish was sixth. Competed in several Rolex races in 2001, 2002 and 2003, campaigned full-time in 2004 and 2005. Starting in 2008 Emil joins the Mazda backed Speedsource Group competing in the #69 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT-class for the next five years; the team captured their first class win in the 6 hour race at Watkins Glen International with teammates Longhi and Jeff Segal. Emil Assentato with his teammate Jeff Segal captured the 2010 Rolex GT Class Championship in #69 Fxdd Mazda RX-8, winning three races as well as finishing in the top five at all the events. After one more season in the #69 Fxdd Mazda RX-8, both Jeff and Emil moved on to Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am for the 2012 season. In that historic 2012 season Emil captured a second Rolex GT Class Championship with teammate Jeff Segal. Again winning three races and finishing in the top five positions in 90% of events.
In Emil's last season he teamed up with Anthony Lazzaro in which they placed fourth in the Championship and proved to be a car to contend with at all events they competed in. After the last race Emil decided to retire from competitive racing. Below are listed some final results over the years. Podium finishes in the Rolex GT Series included: 3rd in the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, 2002: 3rd, Six hours of Mont Tremblant, 2004: 3rd, Virginia International Raceway, 2004. Competed in several events in the American Le Mans Series in a BMW M3 E46 in 2002. 2008 - Rolex GT Watkins Glen 6 Hour 1st place 2009 - Rolex GT Watkins Glen 2 Hour 1st place, Rolex GT Montreal 3rd place. Driver DB Profile