Hockey is officially back in Philadelphia as the Flyers host the San Jose Sharks this Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center for the club's home opener. Fans in attendance tomorrow evening can look forward to a host of new elements surrounding the Flyers game-day experience, including an antic-filled, regular-season home debut for the Flyers new mascot, Gritty, a newly-renovated Mezzanine Level at the Wells Fargo Center, as well as an upgraded sound system and new concourse entertainment.
At the forefront of numerous new elements fans can expect to see starting opening night, Solotech Stanchion LED Lights have been outfitted on every glass pane surrounding the playing surface (photo attached). Fans will notice these bright vertical lights during pre-game video displays, projections, and goal celebrations. The Solotech lights will be well-accompanied with a brand new sound system and upgraded projection systems to create a crisp in-game experience from every seat in the arena.
All of these new elements will be highlighted on Tuesday night during an extended pre-game show, including player introductions, on-ice video projections by Raduga Design, multi-board video displays, animations, and more.
Fans will also notice the Flyers 'Fun Patrol,' fan engagement crew, roaming the concourse and helping out in the seats with extra showmanship this season. The group's resume includes the ability to entertain through stunts, acrobatics, dancing, and more.
Having already taken the world by storm, the Flyers brand new mascot, Gritty, will celebrate the home opener with a dramatic grand entrance. As he becomes an integral and exciting addition to the run of show at every Flyers home game this season, fans will see Gritty participate in many stunts and games on the ice and in the seats. Gritty and his antics will be hard to miss, as he has brought along an official t-shirt shooting vehicle with him for his debut season.
Family Fun Zone
New this year, the club has added a Flyers Family Fun Zone section on the Main Concourse of the Wells Fargo Center (photo attached). Located outside of sections 120 and 121, the Fun Zone features four FREE, unique augmented reality games and experiences for fans of all ages. Fans can take their place between the pipes for a special virtual goalie game; take a photo with their favorite Flyers player as if they were a member of the team; plus enjoy a modern twist on a classic tabletop air hockey game.
Wells Fargo Center Renovations
The Wells Fargo Center is set to reveal an entirely new Mezzanine Level, which accommodates approximately 40 percent of the arena's total capacity. Not a single aspect of the Mezzanine Level's original layout remains, as new design elements, points of sale and ease of service for patrons are upgraded throughout. Major highlights of the Mezzanine Level's new features include multifunctional, open-concept concourses featuring views of Philadelphia's skyline, over 150 new LED game-action screens, menu boards and illumination technologies, 8,000 brand new seats featuring cup holders, as well as expanded food and beverage locations and offerings.
Fans sitting in the Mezzanine Level will also have access to two Open Air Lounges placed in the southwest and northeast corners of the arena. These distinctive locations provide premier amenities and open-space socializing while experiencing the thrill of a live event.
Warm-Up Puck Program
New this season, pucks from warm-ups will be available for purchase on the concourse behind Section 113 before the start of all Flyers home games as part of the new Flyers and The MeiGray Group Warm-up Puck Program. These pucks feature the game date, and both the Flyers and opponent team name and logo, and will be a special commemorative keepsake for fans at each Flyers home game.