Philadelphia Flyers, Sixers, Wells Fargo Center ban fan hate speech
Posted On October 13, 2021
PHILADELPHIA – Fans who shout racial or identity slurs at Wells Fargo Center could be kicked out and banned from the arena.
The Wells Fargo Center this week announced a new arena code of conduct prohibiting the use of hate language.
Event staff will apply a zero tolerance policy for racial or other identity-based slurs, abusive behavior or inappropriate altercations in the Flyers arena, becoming the first in the NHL to enforce such guidelines. .
The Flyers start their season Friday at home against the Vancouver Canucks. The Sixers’ first home game will be in October. 22 against the Brooklyn Nets.
Fans can be kicked out, subject to police arrest and criminal charges being laid, and have their subscription package, parking privileges or other benefits withdrawn if they violate the policy.
Wells Fargo Center event staff have already begun training to identify issues that arise during events and establish response protocols. Fans can also report inappropriate behavior to the nearest usher, security staff or other event staff, or by contacting arena staff by text message.
“We have the best event staff in the country, and they work tirelessly to ensure that everyone in our arena – from our guests to our players and artists – has a great experience. supporting them in a fast-paced environment with thousands of people in our arena almost every night, ”said Valerie Camillo, president of business operations for the Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center and a member of the Executive Inclusion Council (EIC ) of the NHL.
The arena also posted a video on Youtube announcing the political news featuring Flyer player Cam Atkinson, 76ers ‘Matisse Thybulle and Danny Green, and Wings’ Kevin Crowley and Anthony Joaquim.
“Never use racial or identity slurs… ever,” Thybulle said.
The PSA style video will be shown in the arena before and during the events. The arena will also implement an extensive communications campaign on the Code of Conduct, such as reminders in fan communications, such as emails and social media posts, and signage throughout Wells. Fargo Center.
The NHL is working on a code of conduct for fans to ensure safe, respectful and inclusive sites across the United States and Canada. The Flyer’s hope to educate and inspire league-wide effort.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman congratulates the Flyers for taking the lead in ensuring the league is a safe space for everyone.
“Our clubs play a vital role in developing effective policies and implementing them. And I applaud the Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center, and IEC member Valerie Camillo, in particular, for being leaders in our shared mission to make the National Hockey League a place where everyone feels safe. safe, comfortable and valued, ”said Bettman.
In recent years, the arena claims that managing events has become increasingly difficult and complex, as staff have not only been tasked with ensuring the safety of guests, but also ensuring that measures pandemic-related are monitored as well as enforcing standards of behavior. The new Code of Conduct is designed to remind guests of the expected standards of behavior at Wells Fargo Center events, while also providing event staff with appropriate training and application guidance.
“We fully support the implementation of a new and improved Fan Code of Conduct, led by our great partners at Comcast Spectacor,” said Chris Heck, president of business operations for the Philadelphia 76ers. “Leading up to the coming season, we will collectively emphasize the importance of fostering an atmosphere of respect and inclusion in 76ers games. We look forward to a great 2021-22 season in front of the best fans in the NBA. “
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