Wells Fargo Center renovations to replace current box office with food hall

Mike DeNardo
February 19, 2019 - 6:45 pm
Fans headed to the Wells Fargo Center this fall will find the box office in a different place under just-announced renovation plans.

Courtesy of Comcast Spectacor

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Fans headed to the Wells Fargo Center this fall will find the box office in a different place under just-announced renovation plans. 

As part of its three-year, $260 million renovation, the Wells Fargo Center box office is being torn out this summer, says Center vice president of operations Phil Laws.

"We're repositioning that, first and foremost, from the back corner of the buildings as it's become now over to the front side of the building facing the train station and facing, really, the activity and the development that's going to happen down here," he said.

Comcast Spectacor recently said it would build an eight-story office building next to Xfinity Live! The new box office will be smaller, with half the number of windows.  

Laws says 80 percent of event tickets are bought online these days, compared to 80 percent in person when the arena opened in 1996. He says the existing box office will be replaced by a food hall with a grab-and-go beverage area.

"Grab-and-gos are kind of a hot button thing in our industry these days. And essentially, it works very much like a small convenience store," Laws said.

The renovations are expected to take place this summer.