PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have 86ed the corporate name to their home arena.
The Sixers have decided to stop referring to the Wells Fargo Center by name in all news releases and on the team website because the financial institution chose not to become a business partner with the basketball franchise.
This season, the 76ers started referring to the 20,000-seat arena simply as The Center.
Some fans thought that was just a marketing idea to develop a catchy nickname for the arena instead of referring to the corporate title.
But the Sixers started sending press releases stating events would be held "at the Sixers' home arena."
A June 9 release touting auditions for a Sixers dance team gives the full address for the arena but omits the name.
Chris Heck, chief revenue officer of the 76ers, said the team values its partners and tries to maximize its relationships.
"We also continue to enjoy our relationship with Comcast Spectacor as tenants at a world-class arena, but that particular bank is currently not a sponsor of the Philadelphia 76ers," Heck said.
Wells Fargo, which has a naming rights deal on the arena through 2024, declined comment.
Comcast Spectacor officials said in a statement that the 76ers have been great tenants.
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