August 31, 2016
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CoreStates Center First Union Center Wachovia Center Wells Fargo Center recently turned 20 years old, which isn't likely going to make you feel any younger. It originally opened its doors on August 13, 1996. And in its first two decades of existence, there's been no shortage of memorable moments that Philly fans will remember a long time from now, much in the same way they still remember the days of the old Spectrum.
Unfortunately, the two biggest organizations to call the Wells Fargo Center home -- the Flyers and Sixers -- have yet to win a championship there, but that doesn't mean there weren't times worth remembering.
With that in mind, here's a look at some of our favorite moments (in chronological order):
If you hadn't realized it by this point in his rookie season, Allen Iverson's crossover against Michael Jordan proved he was going to be something special.
It was the first period of Game 7 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals. It was also the last time we saw Eric Lindros on the ice in a Flyers uniform.
You don't want to wind up in a fist fight with an NHL player. You especially don't want that player to be Tie Domi...
Because of the tragic events that happened a few years later involving Chris Benoit, his name has been all but removed from the WWE record books. But anyone who was in attendance that night in 2004 will remember what Benoit did -- he won the Royal Rumble from the first draw, something that's only ever been done one other time.
Some of the luster of this game was lost a few days later when the Flyers lost Game 7 in Tampa. But Game 6 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals was one of the best postseason games in Flyers history.
This game was chock full of future NBA stars and was at the time the largest crowd ever at a basketball game in the state of Pennsylvania.
You could do a separate list just of Iverson's top moments at the Wells Fargo Center, but in terms of emotion, this one is right there near the top.
This postseason run had so many memorable moments (see: Bruins series) but the crescendo came in South Philly on this night.
Dude can eat. And eat. And eat. Then he eats some more.
Claude Giroux made quite a statement to start the Flyers' series-clinching win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.