It’s been more than 40 years since the Philadelphia Flyers last hoisted the Stanley Cup and things haven’t exactly gone well lately in the City of Brotherly Love. After failing to reach the postseason in four of the last eight seasons, the Flyers are now in the midst of a partial rebuild, thanks to last year’s firings of head coach Dave Hakstol and general manager Ron Hextall, but there is one thing fans are really excited about this season: the newly-remodeled Wells Fargo Center.
With rumblings of a potential new arena now put to rest, fans will be excited about the numerous upgrades around the building but one is gaining national attention – the “rage room.” That’s right, there’s a room in the Wells Fargo Center dedicated to Philadelphia fans taking out their frustration with sledgehammers. Officially named the “Disassembly Room,” the space is no larger than a typical office and features all sorts of stuff fans can destroy with various objects, in a completely safe space. It’s the first such room at a North American professional sports venue and will stand as a signature attraction in itself – and it seems only fitting the therapy room would be in Philadelphia, a city whose fans are often saddled with a tired stereotype. Fans will be able to access the room through a general admission, standing-room-only ticket starting at just $25 for Flyers games.
The team perfectly described the idea in a press release earlier this week:
“The concept is definitely one-of-a-kind and non-traditional,” Valerie Camillo, Flyers and Wells Fargo Center president of business operations, said. “We ran the concept by some of our fans who told us they thought this would be a fresh way to have some harmless fun. I had never heard of a rage room before the design team pitched the idea. Now, I can’t wait to get in there and take a few whacks.”
The rage room-style space allows fans and guests a stress-relieving outlet amid all of the game action. Through scheduled sessions that can be reserved in advance, participants wearing protective gear can smash, break, and unleash their rage upon everyday items like televisions and dishes using bats, sledgehammers, and more. Some of the items that can be disassembled might even bear the logo of an opposing team.”
ESPN’s Katie Nolan put the room to the test, with the help of the team’s mascot Gritty.