'Rage room,' Gritty makeovers lead new Wells Fargo Center attractions

Andrew Kramer
October 10, 2019 - 8:47 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Fans at Wednesday night's Flyers home game didn't just get their first in-person glimpse at the team this season. They also go to see some unique additions to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time. 

"This has been a year of firsts at the Wells Fargo Center," said Chief Business Officer Mike Shane. "We've got our first all-inclusive club. We've got our first-ever standing room ticket. We've got our first-ever rage room in any arena anywhere."

Rage room? 

"It's exactly what it sounds like," he said. "It is your chance to go into a room and do all the things you weren't allowed to do — which is just smash stuff."

TVs, computer screens, china — you choose what you break and what you use to break it. 

The Wells Fargo Center has installed a "rage room" to amuse Flyers fans.
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Peter Caccioppoli was the first fan to give it a go.

"It was fun."

He said his favorite tool to use was the bat. 

"The bat is easy to weild, and it was easy to throw up a couple plates and smash those. It was a good time, definitly a good time," he said.

"It's definitely a little steamy in there. Five minutes is a long time," he said. "I even told them, 'I'm not going to last five minutes,' but you break them pretty quick, and then it slows down."

Shane said the rage room is not about being frustrated with your home team, but rather "it's actually about the love for your team."

The items available to smash in the rage room have stickers on them the logo of whatever team the Flyers or Sixers are playing that night.

"A lot of what we did this year is about appealing to the entire market, and we wanted to have something for everybody when they came here," Shane said. "Hockey is the centerpiece, and that's why you come. But between periods, and when you get here early, we want to have something that is interesting and fun for everyone."

A less intense attraction for Flyers fans is the Gritty C.O.M.M.A.N.D. Center, where you get a Gritty makeover. Anthony, age 9, was the first in line for that.

"Feels Awesome," he said.

At the Gritty C.O.M.M.A.N.D. Center, Flyers fans can get a Gritty makeover.
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Anthony got his whole face painted orange. Hair, as well.

He said when he first saw himself, he thought, "What did I do to myself?"

Gritty wannabes can also opt for getting their faces blasted with orange Grit Powder. They can go for a Gritty wig or hair extensions. And for the most dedicated, there's the "I can't belive it's not Gritty" total makeover option.

Gritty wannabes can opt for getting their faces blasted with orange Grit Powder.
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