Wells Fargo Center has been awarded the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management, an important step toward welcoming fans back to the arena later this year.
The benchmark is a widely respected, evidence-based, third-party verified rating of the venue’s health and safety protocols.
Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is home to the NHL’s Flyers and NBA’s 76ers and a premier destination for entertainers and artists, is the first events venue in Pennsylvania to achieve this prestigious distinction.
The achievement follows significant health and safety advancements made to Wells Fargo Center, including a recently completed, $11 million upgrade of its HVAC system with best-in-class filtration that completely replaces all the air in the arena’s seating bowl every 30 minutes.
The arena has also instituted comprehensive sanitization protocols, including new systems to reduce contact points between staff and guests, new technology to support contactless ticket scanning and concession transactions, and new crowd management protocols.
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) awards the WELL Health-Safety Rating, which is grounded in the WELL Building Standard (WELL) and which assesses new and existing buildings’ policies, protocols, and emergency plans to address pandemic challenges and broader health and safety issues in the future.
Major buildings and venues around the world are enrolled in WELL programs, ranging from the Empire State Building and Taipei 101 Tower to Yankee Stadium and AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
A WELL Health-Safety Rating gives guests confidence that a venue has implemented a comprehensive, best-in-class pandemic response plan.
Valerie Camillo, president of business operations for the Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center said:
The health and safety of our guests, employees, athletes and entertainers is our top priority – that’s why we’ve been working around the clock to ensure Wells Fargo Center is ready to welcome fans back later this year Receiving the WELL Health-Safety Rating is an incredible achievement that shows our fans that we’re committed to rigorous standards for health and safety.
We know how much this building means to the entire city and the memories it creates for so many people. On top of this rating, we’re going to continue to follow the guidance of public health officials at the city, state, and national levels so that we’re ready to welcome fans back to Wells Fargo Center for hockey, basketball, concerts and more later this year. The WELL Health-Safety Rating, along with our extensive health and safety efforts, puts us on the path to bringing our fans and part-time workers back as safely and as soon as possible.