2006 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 65 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball as a culmination of the 2005–06 basketball season. It began on March 14, 2006, and concluded on April 3 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.

None of the Tournament's top seeds advanced to the Final Four, the first time since 1980 that this occurred. For the second time in history, a team seeded 11th advanced to the Final Four as George Mason of the Colonial Athletic Association won the Washington, D.C. region. They were joined by Atlanta region winner LSU (who was the first team to advance to the Final Four as an 11-seed in 1986), Oakland region winner UCLA, who had not made the Final Four since they won the National Championship in 1995, and Minneapolis region winner Florida, who had not made the Final Four since their runner-up finish in 2000 also in Indianapolis.

Florida won its first-ever national basketball championship by defeating UCLA 73–57 in the final game. Florida's Joakim Noah was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.

George Mason's run was one of several upsets by lower-seeded teams in the tournament. For the second consecutive year, a No. 14 seed beat a No. 3 seed as Northwestern State defeated Iowa. No. 13 seed Bradley also defeated No. 4 seed Kansas and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen by defeating No. 5-seeded Pittsburgh in the Second Round. Two No. 12 seeds won as well, as Montana and Texas A&M both won their respective First Round matchups. For the second straight year, Milwaukee won as a double-digit seed, this time as the No. 11-seeded Panthers defeated Oklahoma in the First Round.

2006 NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Tournament
2006 Men s Final Four
2006 Final Four logo
Season2005–06
Teams65
Finals siteRCA Dome
Indianapolis, Indiana
ChampionsFlorida Gators (1st title, 2nd title game,
3rd Final Four)
Runner-upUCLA Bruins (13th title game,
16th Final Four)
Semifinalists
Winning coachBilly Donovan (1st title)
MOPJoakim Noah (Florida)
Attendance70,254
Top scorersGlen Davis LSU
Joakim Noah Florida
(97 points)
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Tournament procedure and locations

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Greensboro
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Philadelphia
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2006 first and second rounds (note: the play-in game was held in Dayton, Ohio)
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Minneapolis
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Atlanta
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Washington, D.C.
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Indianapolis
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2006 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

A total of 65 teams were selected to participate in the tournament. Of that total, 31 of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. Penn earned an automatic bid by winning the regular-season title of the Ivy League, which did not conduct a conference tournament. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee.

The initial game on March 14 officially named the Opening Round game, but popularly called the "play-in game", had Monmouth, winner of the Northeast Conference Tournament, facing Hampton, who won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, for a chance to play top seed Villanova in the First Round of the Tournament. Monmouth defeated Hampton, 71–49, to advance to play Villanova.

All teams were seeded from 1 to 16 within their regions. The Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65. In a practice used since 2004, the ranking of the four top seeds against each other would determine the pairings in the Final Four. The top overall seed would be seeded to play the fourth overall seed in the national semifinals, should both teams advance that far. In 2006, these rankings were as follows: No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Connecticut, No. 3 Villanova, and No. 4 Memphis.[1]

The first and second-round games were played at the following sites:

  • March 16/18:
Cox Arena, San Diego, California (Host: San Diego State University)
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina (Host: Atlantic Coast Conference)
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida (Host: Jacksonville University)
Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah (Host: University of Utah)
  • March 17/19:
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (Host: Big 12 Conference)
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan (Host: Oakland University)
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio (Host: University of Dayton)
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Host: Atlantic 10 Conference)

The four regionals were officially named after the four host cities, a practice which also began in 2004. However, in 2007, the NCAA returned to naming regionals by their geographic location. The 2006 regionals were:

  • March 23/25:
Atlanta Regional, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia (Host: Georgia Institute of Technology)
Oakland Regional, Oakland Arena, Oakland, California (Host: University of San Francisco)
  • March 24/26:
Minneapolis Regional, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Host: University of Minnesota)
Washington, D.C. Regional, Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (Host: Georgetown University)

Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four, held on April 1 and 3 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, hosted by Butler University and the Horizon League. This was the fourth and final time the RCA Dome would host the Final Four before moving to Lucas Oil Stadium. For the first time, the tournament came to Jacksonville, Florida, playing games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. This marked the sixth city and fifth metropolitan area in the state of Florida to host games. The 2006 tournament also marked the final tournament games held at the Huntsman Center and Oakland (now Oracle) Arena. Tournament games have moved to downtown Salt Lake City and the Vivint Smart Home Arena since, to take advantage of more amenities there as opposed to the campus of the University of Utah. As for Oakland, there are currently no games scheduled in the near future, with 2022 scheduled to host games at the new Chase Center in downtown San Francisco. As the Golden State Warriors will also be moving to the Chase Center once it opens, it is unclear what will happen to the Oracle Arena once their primary tenant moves out.

Qualifying teams

Atlanta Regional
Seed School Conference Coach Record Berth Type
No. 1 Duke ACC Mike Krzyzewski 30–3 Tournament Champion
No. 2 Texas Big 12 Rick Barnes 27–6 At-Large Bid
No. 3 Iowa Big Ten Steve Alford 25–8 Tournament Champion
No. 4 LSU SEC John Brady 23–8 At-Large Bid
No. 5 Syracuse Big East Jim Boeheim 23–11 Tournament Champion
No. 6 West Virginia Big East John Beilein 20–10 At-Large Bid
No. 7 California Pac-10 Ben Braun 20–10 At-Large Bid
No. 8 George Washington Atlantic 10 Karl Hobbs 26–2 At-Large Bid
No. 9 UNC Wilmington CAA Brad Brownell 25–7 Tournament Champion
No. 10 North Carolina State ACC Herb Sendek 21–9 At-Large Bid
No. 11 Southern Illinois Missouri Valley Chris Lowery 22–10 Tournament Champion
No. 12 Texas A&M Big 12 Billy Gillispie 21–8 At-Large Bid
No. 13 Iona MAAC Jeff Ruland 23–7 Tournament Champion
No. 14 Northwestern State Southland Mike McConathy 25–7 Tournament Champion
No. 15 Pennsylvania Ivy Fran Dunphy 20–8 Regular Season Champion
No. 16 Southern SWAC Rob Spivery 19–12 Tournament Champion
Oakland Regional
Seed School Conference Coach Record Berth Type
No. 1 Memphis C-USA John Calipari 30–3 Tournament Champion
No. 2 UCLA Pac-10 Ben Howland 27–6 Tournament Champion
No. 3 Gonzaga WCC Mark Few 27–3 Tournament Champion
No. 4 Kansas Big 12 Bill Self 25–7 Tournament Champion
No. 5 Pittsburgh Big East Jamie Dixon 24–7 At-Large Bid
No. 6 Indiana Big Ten Mike Davis 18–11 At-Large Bid
No. 7 Marquette Big East Tom Crean 20–10 At-Large Bid
No. 8 Arkansas SEC Stan Heath 22–9 At-Large Bid
No. 9 Bucknell Patriot Pat Flannery 26–4 Tournament Champion
No. 10 Alabama SEC Mark Gottfried 17–12 At-Large Bid
No. 11 San Diego State Mountain West Steve Fisher 24–8 Tournament Champion
No. 12 Kent State Mid-American Jim Christian 25–8 Tournament Champion
No. 13 Bradley Missouri Valley Jim Les 20–10 At-Large Bid
No. 14 Xavier Atlantic 10 Sean Miller 21–10 Tournament Champion
No. 15 Belmont Atlantic Sun Rick Byrd 20–10 Tournament Champion
No. 16 Oral Roberts Mid-Continent Scott Sutton 21–11 Tournament Champion
Washington, D.C. Regional
Seed School Conference Coach Record Berth Type
No. 1 Connecticut Big East Jim Calhoun 27–3 At-Large Bid
No. 2 Tennessee SEC Bruce Pearl 21–7 At-Large Bid
No. 3 North Carolina ACC Roy Williams 23–8 At-Large Bid
No. 4 Illinois Big Ten Bruce Weber 25–6 At-Large Bid
No. 5 Washington Pac-10 Lorenzo Romar 24–6 At-Large Bid
No. 6 Michigan State Big Ten Tom Izzo 22–11 At-Large Bid
No. 7 Wichita State Missouri Valley Mark Turgeon 24–8 At-Large Bid
No. 8 Kentucky SEC Tubby Smith 21–12 At-Large Bid
No. 9 UAB C-USA Mike Anderson 24–6 At-Large Bid
No. 10 Seton Hall Big East Louis Orr 18–11 At-Large Bid
No. 11 George Mason CAA Jim Larranaga 25–7 At-Large Bid
No. 12 Utah State WAC Stew Morrill 23–8 At-Large Bid
No. 13 Air Force Mountain West Jeff Bzdelik 24–6 At-Large Bid
No. 14 Murray State Ohio Valley Mick Cronin 24–6 Tournament Champion
No. 15 Winthrop Big South Gregg Marshall 23–7 Tournament Champion
No. 16 Albany America East Will Brown 21–10 Tournament Champion
Minneapolis Regional
Seed School Conference Coach Record Berth Type
No. 1 Villanova Big East Jay Wright 25–4 At-Large Bid
No. 2 Ohio State Big Ten Thad Matta 25–5 At-Large Bid
No. 3 Florida SEC Billy Donovan 27–6 Tournament Champion
No. 4 Boston College ACC Al Skinner 26–7 At-Large Bid
No. 5 Nevada WAC Mark Fox 27–5 Tournament Champion
No. 6 Oklahoma Big 12 Kelvin Sampson 20–8 At-Large Bid
No. 7 Georgetown Big East John Thompson III 21–9 At-Large Bid
No. 8 Arizona Pac-10 Lute Olson 19–12 At-Large Bid
No. 9 Wisconsin Big Ten Bo Ryan 19–11 At-Large Bid
No. 10 Northern Iowa Missouri Valley Greg McDermott 23–9 At-Large Bid
No. 11 UW-Milwaukee Horizon Rob Jeter 21–8 Tournament Champion
No. 12 Montana Big Sky Larry Krystkowiak 23–6 Tournament Champion
No. 13 Pacific Big West Bob Thomason 24–7 Tournament Champion
No. 14 South Alabama Sun Belt John Pelphrey 24–6 Tournament Champion
No. 15 Davidson Southern Bob McKillop 18–10 Tournament Champion
No. 16* Monmouth Northeast Dave Calloway 18–14 Tournament Champion
No. 16* Hampton MEAC Bobby Collins 16–15 Tournament Champion

*Opening Round participants

Bids by conference

Bids by Conference
Bids Conference(s)
8 Big East
6 SEC, Big Ten
4 ACC, Big 12, Pac-10, Missouri Valley
2 Atlantic 10, CAA, C-USA, Mountain West, WAC
1 19 others

Bracket

(*) – Number of asterisks denotes number of overtimes.

Opening Round game – Dayton, Ohio

Winner advances to Minneapolis Regional vs. No. 1 Villanova.

Play-In Game
March 13
   
16 Monmouth 71
16 Hampton 49

Atlanta Regional

First round Second round Semifinals Finals
            
1 Duke 70
16 Southern 54
1 Duke 74
Greensboro
8 George Washington 61
8 George Washington 88*
9 UNC-Wilmington 85
1 Duke 54
4 LSU 62
5 Syracuse 58
12 Texas A&M 66
12 Texas A&M 57
Jacksonville
4 LSU 58
4 LSU 80
13 Iona 64
4 LSU 70*
2 Texas 60
6 West Virginia 64
11 Southern Illinois 46
6 West Virginia 67
Auburn Hills
14 Northwestern State 54
3 Iowa 63
14 Northwestern State 64
6 West Virginia 71
2 Texas 74
7 California 52
10 North Carolina State 58
10 North Carolina State 54
Dallas
2 Texas 75
2 Texas 60
15 Pennsylvania 52

Oakland Regional

First round Second round Semifinals Finals
            
1 Memphis 94
16 Oral Roberts 78
1 Memphis 72
Dallas
9 Bucknell 56
8 Arkansas 55
9 Bucknell 59
1 Memphis 80
13 Bradley 64
5 Pittsburgh 79
12 Kent State 64
5 Pittsburgh 66
Auburn Hills
13 Bradley 72
4 Kansas 73
13 Bradley 77
1 Memphis 45
2 UCLA 50
6 Indiana 87
11 San Diego State 83
6 Indiana 80
Salt Lake City
3 Gonzaga 90
3 Gonzaga 79
14 Xavier 75
3 Gonzaga 71
2 UCLA 73
7 Marquette 85
10 Alabama 90
10 Alabama 59
San Diego
2 UCLA 62
2 UCLA 78
15 Belmont 44

Minneapolis Regional

First round Second round Semifinals Finals
            
1 Villanova 58
16 Monmouth 45
1 Villanova 82
Philadelphia
8 Arizona 78
8 Arizona 94
9 Wisconsin 75
1 Villanova 60*
4 Boston College 59
5 Nevada 79
12 Montana 87
12 Montana 56
Salt Lake City
4 Boston College 69
4 Boston College 88**
13 Pacific 76
1 Villanova 62
3 Florida 75
6 Oklahoma 74
11 UW–Milwaukee 82
11 UW–Milwaukee 60
Jacksonville
3 Florida 82
3 Florida 76
14 South Alabama 50
3 Florida 57
7 Georgetown 53
7 Georgetown 54
10 Northern Iowa 49
7 Georgetown 70
Dayton
2 Ohio State 52
2 Ohio State 70
15 Davidson 62

Washington, D.C. Regional

First round Second round Semifinals Finals
            
1 Connecticut 72
16 Albany 59
1 Connecticut 87
Philadelphia
8 Kentucky 83
8 Kentucky 69
9 UAB 64
1 Connecticut 98*
5 Washington 92
5 Washington 75
12 Utah State 61
5 Washington 67
San Diego
4 Illinois 64
4 Illinois 78
13 Air Force 69
1 Connecticut 84
11 George Mason 86*
6 Michigan State 65
11 George Mason 75
11 George Mason 65
Dayton
3 North Carolina 60
3 North Carolina 69
14 Murray State 65
11 George Mason 63
7 Wichita State 55
7 Wichita State 86
10 Seton Hall 66
7 Wichita State 80
Greensboro
2 Tennessee 73
2 Tennessee 63
15 Winthrop 61

Final Four – Indianapolis, Indiana

Final 4 Nationals 1
RCA Dome during the Final Four
National Semifinals National Championship Game
      
AT4 LSU 45
OA2 UCLA 59
OA2 UCLA 57
MI3 Florida 73
MI3 Florida 73
WA11 George Mason 58

Record by conference

Conference # of Bids Record Win % R32 S16 E8 F4 CG
Big East 8 11–8 .579 5 4 2
SEC 6 13–5 .722 5 2 2 2 1
Big Ten 6 3–6 .333 3
ACC 4 6–4 .600 4 2
Big 12 4 4–4 .500 2 1 1
Pac-10 4 8–4 .667 3 2 1 1 1
Missouri Valley 4 4–4 .500 2 2
Atlantic 10 2 1–2 .333 1
CAA 2 4–2 .667 1 1 1 1
C–USA 2 3–2 .600 1 1 1
MWC 2 0–2 .000
WAC 2 0–2 .000
Southland Conference 1 1–1 .500 1
WCC 1 2–1 .667 1 1
Patriot League 1 1–1 .500 1
Horizon League 1 1–1 .500 1
Big Sky Conference 1 1–1 .500 1
Northeast Conference 1 1–1* .500

*Monmouth University won the Opening Round game.

The America East, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Big West, Ivy, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Ohio Valley, SoCon, SWAC, Mid-Continent, and Sun Belt conferences all went 0–1.

The columns R32, S16, E8, F4, and CG respectively stand for the Round of 32, Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, and Championship Game.

Announcers

Greg Gumbel once again served as the studio host, joined by analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis.

See also

Notes

  • The futures of two of this year's Final Four teams would be polar opposites of the other two in 2007. Both George Mason and LSU would fail to receive a bid to either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT, while both Florida and UCLA would return to the Final Four (the two teams would have a rematch, this time in the semifinals, with the same result, a Florida victory).
  • George Mason became the first team from a "mid-major" conference to reach the Final Four since UNLV's loss to Duke in 1991.
  • This was the second of three Final Fours to feature no No. 1 seeds (1980 and 2011 being the others).
  • Duke was the last team before Florida to win back-to-back titles, and like Florida, they won their first of the two in Indianapolis at the RCA Dome.

References

  1. ^ UConn, 'Nova No. 1 seeds
2005–06 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team

The 2005–06 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 2005–06 collegiate men's basketball season. The Huskies completed the season with a 30–4 overall record. The Huskies were members of the Big East Conference where they finished with a 14–2 record and were the regular season champions. They made it to the Elite Eight in the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The Huskies played their home games at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut and the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and they were led by twentieth-year head coach Jim Calhoun.

2005–06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2005–06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 6, 2005, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 3, 2006, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Florida Gators won their first NCAA national championship with a 73–56 victory over the UCLA Bruins. This was the final Final Four site at the RCA Dome. The Final Four will return to the city of Indianapolis, but will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium.

2005–06 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

The 2005–06 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 2005–06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The UCLA Bruins finished the regular season with a 14–4 record in conference play. After winning the Pac-10 Tournament, the Bruins conference record was 17–4. The team reached the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament championship game, losing to the Florida Gators. The Bruins finished with 32 wins (14 more than the previous season).

2006 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2006 Buffalo Funds - NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was held from March 15 to 21 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. This was the 69th annual NAIA DI basketball tournament and featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.The unranked Texas Wesleyan University Rams defeated the Oklahoma City University Stars by a score of 67 to 65. 2006 marked the second year in a row an unranked team won the National Championship. Undeterred by this loss, the Stars went on to win the next two National Championship titles. The other teams that made it to the NAIA National Semifinals were Oklahoma City University and Robert Morris (Ill.).

2006 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2006 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as the culmination of the 2004–05 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by Winona State University and WSU's John Smith was the Most Outstanding Player.

2006 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game

The 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game was the finals of the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament and it determined the national champion for the 2005-06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The 2006 National Title Game was played at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2006 National Title Game was played between the 2006 Oakland Regional Champions, No.2-seeded UCLA and the 2006 Minneapolis Regional Champions, No.3-seeded Florida.

2006 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament

The 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament was held from March 18 to April 4, 2006, at several sites, with the championship game held in Boston. The Maryland Terrapins, coached by Brenda Frese, won their first National Championship, beating the Duke Blue Devils, coached by Gail Goestenkors, 78–75 in overtime. Laura Harper of the Terrapins was named Most Outstanding Player.

The field is set at 64 teams, with 31 automatic bids and 33 at-large bids. Unlike the men's game, there is no play-in game. In addition, the first two rounds and regionals are usually played on "neutral" sites.

This was the first (and, as of 2018, last) Women's final four since 1999 not to have either Connecticut or Tennessee.

2006 National Invitation Tournament

The 2006 National Invitation Tournament was the first time the tournament was planned and operated by the NCAA, taking over after 68 years under the auspices of the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association (MIBA). The 2006 NIT also saw changes made to the selection process as well as being the first time the NIT seeded the participants. The South Carolina Gamecocks won their second straight NIT title.

Jim Larrañaga

James Joseph Larrañaga ( LAIR-ə-NAY-gə; born October 2, 1949) is an American college basketball coach and the head men's basketball coach of the University of Miami, a position he has held since 2011. Previously, he served as the head men's basketball coach at American International College from 1977 to 1979, Bowling Green State University from 1986 to 1997, and George Mason University from 1997 to 2011, where he coached the Patriots to 13 consecutive winning seasons and became a media sensation during the Patriots' improbable run to the Final Four of the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. Larrañaga won several national coach of the year awards in 2013 and has won over 600 games as a head coach.

Joakim Noah

Joakim Simon Noah ( JOH-ə-kim; born February 25, 1985) is a professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in New York City to a Swedish mother and a French father, he holds American, Swedish and French citizenship. He played college basketball for the Florida Gators, winning back-to-back NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007. The Chicago Bulls selected Noah with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. Noah is a two-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 2014 when he also was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

O'Connell Center

The Stephen C. O'Connell Center, also known as the O'Dome, is a 10,133-seat multi-purpose arena located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. The facility is named for the sixth president of the university, Stephen C. O'Connell, who served from 1967 to 1973. The facility is located on the northern side of the university's campus, between its football field, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field, and its baseball field, McKethan Stadium.

The entire facility was known as the O'Connell Center from 1980 until 2016. The building underwent a major $64.5 million renovation / reconstruction during that year, and Exactech, a Gainesville medical firm, signed a $5.9 million, 10-year naming rights deal for the main arena, which was officially renamed the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

Race and sports

Issues related to race and sports have been examined by scholars for a long time. Among these issues are racial discrimination in sports as well as the observation that there are overrepresentations and underrepresentations of different races in different sports.

Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia)

The Wells Fargo Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Philadelphia. It is the home arena of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League (AFL) and the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). The arena lies at the southwest corner of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, which includes Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, and Xfinity Live!.

The Wells Fargo Center, originally called Spectrum II, was completed in 1996 to replace the Spectrum as the home arena of the 76ers and Flyers, on the former site of John F. Kennedy Stadium at a cost of $210 million, largely privately financed (though the city and state helped to pay for the local infrastructure). It is owned by Comcast Spectacor, which also owns the Flyers, and is operated by its arena-management subsidiary, Global Spectrum. Since opening, it has been known by a number of different names through naming rights deals and bank mergers, including CoreStates Center from 1996 to 1998, First Union Center from 1998 to 2003, and Wachovia Center from 2003 to 2010. Since 2010, naming rights have been held by financial services company Wells Fargo, after their merger with Wachovia.

In addition to hosting home games for its main tenants, the arena has been the site of a number of other notable athletic events including Games 1 and 2 from the 1997 and Games 3, 4 and 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2001 NBA Finals, and various collegiate events for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Wells Fargo Center has hosted two political conventions, hosting the 2000 Republican National Convention and 2016 Democratic National Convention. The arena is a regular venue for concerts and WWE events. The arena has a concert seating capacity of 21,000 seated and at least 21,500 standing.

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