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1967

Philadelphia Flyers Team Formation

While attending a basketball game on November 29, 1964, at the Boston Garden, Ed Snider, the then vice-president of the Philadelphia Eagles, observed a crowd of Boston Bruins fans lining up to purchase tickets to see a last-place ice hockey team. He began making plans for a new arena upon hearing the NHL was looking to expand due to fears of a competing league taking hold on the West Coast and the desire for a new television contract in the United States. Snider made his proposal to the league, which chose the Philadelphia group including Snider, Bill Putnam, Jerome Schiff, and Eagles owner Jerry Wolman over the Baltimore group.
1967

Spectrum Opens

Opened as the Spectrum in fall 1967, Philadelphia's first modern indoor sports arena was built to be the home of the expansion Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL. Opened in the fall of 1967 as part of what is now known as the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, after several expansions of its seating capacity it eventually accommodated 17,380 for ice hockey.

The Spectrum was demolished between November 2010 and May 2011, a little more than a year after the arena's final event (a Pearl Jam concert) took place on October 31, 2009.
1974

Comcast Spectacor

The company was formed in 1974 by Flyers founder and chairman Ed Snider as Spectacor, the parent company of both the Flyers and the Spectrum. Snider had been instrumental in getting the Spectrum built in 1967, and assumed control of the arena in 1971. He sold a 63% stake in Spectacor to Comcast in 1996, remaining the renamed Comcast Spectacor's chairman. Shortly afterward, Comcast Spectacor bought the 76ers; as the Spectrum's owner, Snider had been the Sixers' landlord since 1971.
1975

Stanley Cup Winners - 2 Stanley Cup Wins

Stanley Cup - 1975
The 1975 Stanley Cup Final championship series was played by the Buffalo Sabres, making their first Finals appearance and the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers would win the best-of-seven series four games to two. This was the first Final to have two non-"Original Six" teams since the 1967 expansion. The 1975 Flyers are the last Stanley Cup championship team to be composed solely of Canadian born players.

Stanley Cup - 1974
The 1974 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers made their first Final appearance and the Bruins returned to the Finals after having won the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals. The Flyers won the best-of-seven series four games to two and became the first team from the 1967 Expansion to win the Stanley Cup.
1996

Wells Fargo Center Opens

The Flyers said goodbye to the Spectrum and prepared to open a new arena the CoreStates Center for the next season. The Wells Fargo Center (Spectrum II (prior to construction), formerly the CoreStates Center, First Union Center and Wachovia Center) is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Wells Fargo Center lies at the southwest corner of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, which includes Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, and Xfinity Live!.

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Team Information Team History

City:
Philadelphia

Nickname:
Flyers - The team sponsored a name-the-team contest after Ed Snider, then-vice president of the Philadelphia Eagles, brought hockey back to the City of Brotherly Love in 1966. Snider's sister, Phyllis, reportedly suggested the name Flyers, which sounds good when paired with Philadelphia but doesn't have any real meaning.

Arena:
Wells Fargo Center
2011 - present
  • Wachovia Center
  • 2003 - 2010
  • First Union Center
  • 1998 - 2003
  • CoreStates Center
  • 1996 - 1998

Spectrum
1967 - 1996

Owner:
Comcast Spectacor and Ed Snider
1996 - present
Ed Snider
1967 - 1996

Established: 1967

League History:
National Hockey League
1967 - present

Team History:
Philadelphia Flyers
1967 - present

Stanley Cups: 2
1974 - 1975, 1973 - 1974

Retired Numbers:
1 Bernie Parent
2 Mark Howe
4 Barry Ashbee
7 Bill Barber
16 Bobby Clarke
99 Wayne Gretzky

Mascots:
No Mascot

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