The Philadelphia 76ers franchise traces its roots all the way back to the inaugural season of the NBA in 1949, when they were known as the Syracuse Nationals. The Nationals entered the NBA as a powerhouse, making the playoffs each of the franchise’s first 22 seasons. The team made the finals in the league’s first season, but it wasn’t until 1955 that Dolph Schayes and Syracuse hung its first championship banner. Before the 1963-64 season the Naitonals moved to Philadelphia after the Warriors’ move out west. In its new, bigger market, the newly named 76ers wasted little time winning a championship. With star center Wilt Chamberlain returning to Philadelphia with the Sixers, the team won the championship for the second time in 1967. Philadelphia missed the playoffs for the first time in 1972, but it wouldn’t be long until the club found itself back in postseason play. After three losses in the NBA Finals in six seasons, the Sixers won their third title in 1983 with superstars Julius “Doctor J” Irving and Moses Malone. Since the start of the 1990s Philadelphia hasn’t been a truly elite team. Allen Iverson got the Sixers to the Finals in 2001, but the team hasn’t been a consistent post-season threat since the 1980s. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Philadelphia 76ers basketball tickets.
2016 76ers Season Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers had another disappointing season last year, and the team moved star Michael Carter-Williams in hopes of building for the future. The 76ers were able to pick up one of the most exciting center prospects in years, in Jahlil Okafor, who will team up with last seasons 1st round pick Joel Embiid to make one of the best young 1-2 center punches in the league. Philadelphia will hope for the continued evolution of forward Nerlens Noel, who enters his 3rd season averaging just under a double double for his career. The combination of Noel, Ebiid and Okafor should give the 2015-16 Philadelphia 76ers one of the best front courts in the NBA, and should be the recipe for success in Philadelphia for the foreseeable future. The biggest question mark surrounding the 76ers this season will be in the backcourt. T.J. McConnell has evolved as a great pass first point guard, but Philadelphia lacks the shooting threats around him to fully utilize his talent. Look for the 2015-16 76ers to be much improved over a year ago, and for them to push for a lower seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
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Philadelphia 76ers Basketball at Wells Fargo Center Address: 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19148
The 76ers play their home games at the Wells Fargo Center, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When filled to capacity, the Wells Fargo Center holds more than 20 thousand screaming fans. True Sixers fans have purchased engraved bricks that make up the walk around the Wells Fargo Center. The Philadelphia 76ers home bench is on the Wells Fargo Center court side in front of section 102. Wells Fargo Center parking information is covered in our Sixers event guide.
76ers vs. Celtics
These two teams have the most playoff meetings in the history of the NBA as they have met over 18 times in the postseason. With over 400 regular season matchups to go along with 90+ playoff games, there are not many secrets between the franchises. Stars such as Julius Erving, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, and Moses Malone have played in this tough, physical rivalry that still remains as one of the best in leagues history.
76ers vs. Pistons
This rivalry heightened in the mid-2000s with multiple playoff matchups that had viewers at the edge of their seats. During this time, the hostile environment created by the fans was tough to top. Both of these teams have met over 350 times in the regular season, a number that will continue to rise in future seasons that will only make this rivalry get better.
76ers in the NBA Finals, Eastern Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The 76ers have become one of the premier franchises in the NBA since they were founded in 1946. The 76ers have won 2+ NBA championships and over 8 conference titles. Their 4+ division titles will only continue to rise in the future. The rich history of the 76ers continue as some of the greatest players in the NBA have suited up in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia 76ers Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff at a 76ers game?
Doors at Wells Fargo Center typically open 1 hour before tipoff.
Where are good places to eat before a 76ers game?
There are numerous great places to eat in close proximity to Wells Fargo Center. Chickie’s and Pete’s is a Philadelphia staple and is always full of diehard 76ers fans. Philadelphia is known for having some of the best sports bars in the country, Piazza at Schmidt’s, City Tap House, and Field house are all worth visiting. No Philadelphia food guide is complete without a few cheesesteak places. We recommend trying Tony Luke’s, Jim’s Steaks, or Steaks on South. Other great dining options are Barbuzzo, Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, or Tinto Restaurant.
Where is the best place to park at Wells Fargo Center?
Parking at a 76ers game is relatively easy when compared to other NBA venues. The arena is surrounded with parking lots and conveniently located next to Lincoln Financial Field, giving the area more parking options then necessary for fans entering Wells Fargo Center. The places closest to the arena are reserved for parking passes. The rest of the spots are cash only and range from $10 to $30.
Does my child need a ticket to a 76ers game?
Any child 2 years old or younger can sit on a parents lap for the duration of the game. If your child is over 2 they will require a ticket to enter the arena. It is usually best to bring proof of your child’s age to the arena to avoid any last minute hiccups when trying to enter.