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Wells Fargo Center to get quarter-billion dollars in upgrades

The Wells Fargo Center. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The Wells Fargo Center. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia is going to be redone instead of being replaced.

The plan is to spend nearly $250 million to upgrade the sports complex and entertainment venue, which is now 20 years old. John Page, president of the Wells Fargo Center, said part of the upgrades will be more concession stands and better seating including $30 million worth of work this summer. “There will be all new seats in the Mezzanine, a new sound system, and rest rooms will be redone on the main concourse,” he said.

The work will be done over several years, said Page. Not everything they are going to do has been finalized.

“Those are things that are still in the works as we look to draw and design,” he said, “but by the summer of 2020 or ’21, we will be complete with our renovations.”

The quarter-billion dollars is only one-third of the cost of tearing down the old building and replacing it with a new one.

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