The Philadelphia 76ers are a professional basketball team that compete in the in the Atlantic Division (Eastern Conference) of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They were founded in 1946 as the Syracuse Nationals and since 1963 they have been based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers name was chosen after a contest to choose a new name when the team moved to Philadelphia and is a reference to American independence. The team has won 3 NBA Championships, but recent success has eluded them. Since moving to Philadelphia the team has had 3 home arenas.
Where do the Philadelphia 76ers play?
The 76ers play their home games at the Wells Fargo Center, which is an indoor arena located in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The arena was opened in 1996 after about 2 years of construction at a cost of $210 million. After opening it was known as CoreStates Center and has undergone a number of name changes since this time. Wells Fargo Center is a multipurpose arena and is also used for hockey, lacrosse, concerts and other events. The arena has a total capacity of 20,318 for basketball games. The 76ers share the arena with a number of other sporting teams including the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) and the Philadelphia Wings (Lacrosse).
Before the Wells Fargo Center the 76ers played their home games at The Spectrum, which was demolished in 2011. Prior to this time the team shared their home games between the Convention Hall and the Philadelphia Arena.
Did you know?
The Wells Fargo Center needs to be converted from an ice hockey rink into a basketball stadium, which usually takes about 6 hours. However, this process can be completed in just over 2 hours when required. The following is a time lapse video of this process.