Wachovia Center - Philadelphia
WWE's Unforgiven in 2000 was held at Philadelphia's First Union Center, which is today the Wachovia Center. Since the indoor arena was constructed in 1996, it's been home to several notable WWE events, including an In Your House pay-per-view in 1996, WrestleMania XV (where Steve Austin defeated The Rock to win his third WWE Championship) and Royal Rumble 2004 (where Chris Benoit was the winner).
The Wachovia Center, which is named for the banking corporation, sits on the site of the former John F. Kennedy Stadium. Before it was the First Union Center (affectionately known as the F.U. Center) from 1998-2003, it was the CoreStates Center from 1996-98. Today it is home to the National Hockey League's Flyers, the National Basketball Association's 76ers, the National Lacrosse League's Wings and the American Football League's Soul. Villanova University's NCAA men's basketball team also plays some of its larger home games at the Wachovia Center.
The arena hosted the Stanley Cup finals in 1997, Republican National Convention in 2000, the NBA finals in 2001 and the NBA All-Star game in 2002. In February 2006, it set a record for the highest attendance for NCAA basketball game when fourth-ranked Villanova hosted the top-ranked University of Connecticut. World-class performers such as Madonna, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Coldplay, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have performed at the Wachovia Center. During the 2004-05 season of the NBC drama The West Wing, the arena was the site for the show's Republican Convention.
Philadelphia is the fifth most populous city in the United States with close to 1.5 million residents. The historic city was founded in 1682 by a Quaker, William Penn. In the 1700s, the United States Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted and signed in the city's Independence Hall. United States Founding Father, inventor, writer, activist and Revolutionary leader, Benjamin Franklin, lived and conducted business in Philadelphia in the 1700s. Philadelphia was the capital of the United States from 1790-1800, before the federal city of Washington D.C. was constructed.
The "City of Brotherly Love" has its own stock exchange and is home to many Fortune 500 companies, including cable giant Comcast, CIGNA insurance company, Sunoco energy company and automotive parts retailer, Pep Boys. Some of the city's most historic and prominent sites include Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the baroque City Hall, the United States Mint and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, whose giant outdoor steps were made first famous in Rocky, the 1976 boxing film starring Sylvester Stallone.
Philadelphia is also a huge college town with more than 120,000 college students. The city's biggest schools include the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Philadelphia's other major professional sports teams are the National Football League's Eagles and Major League Baseball's Phillies. Famous Philadelphians include Dick Clark, Kevin Bacon, Bill Cosby, Will Smith, Boyz II Men, Pink, Kobe Bryant and Julius Erving. Philadelphia is also famous for its culinary delights such as cheesesteaks, hoagies, pretzels and Italian ice.