Packer Park: XFINITY Live’s Grand Opening Weekend

XFINITY Live filled to capacity during grand opening weekend.

Flame throwers, hula hoop masters, live bands, Chickie and Pete’s famous crab fries and Sony flat panel televisions are just a few spectacles that entertained sports fans during the grand opening weekend of XFINITY Live.

Located within the Wells Fargo Complex at Pattison Avenue and South 11th Street, XFINITY Live promises to be your one-stop-shop for dining, sports and entertainment.

BJ Glenn, the executive administrator of XFINITY Live relaxed in the VIP section of the venue.

BJ Glenn, the executive administrator of XFINITY Live said he hopes to see a greater influx of people in the following weeks since the “grand opening has been going so well.”

“We had Third Eye Blind perform [on Friday],” Glenn said. “We hit capacity a few times. We had foot traffic of about 7,000 visitors.”

XFINITY Live will be getting a majority of their clients from the stadiums in the Wells Fargo Complex.

“We are looking to draw a lot of sports fans down here and put on a good show for them,” Glenn said.

If you are under 21, you need a chaperone over 25 to enter any venue at XFINITY Live, but after 9 pm all guests must be 21+ to enter.

John McGranaghan, 15, came with his parents to XFINITY Live after the Flyers game.

“To be honest it is pretty crazy here. The inside is pretty nice with all the TVs,” McGranaghan said. “It is a little too crowded, but when it gets nicer out I would recommend people to come here.”

Bring the kids and enjoy the Comcast SportsNet Interactive Zone or some of the

Flyer Fans visited XFINITY Live after the hockey game.

“family friendly movies” that will be playing, according to their website.

“This is a great place to hang out and watch the game,” said Melissa Robertson, a Temple University senior. “I will definitely be back.”

XFINITY Live hopes to be great neighbors to South Philly residents.

“The residents have been able to kind of relate to a new place down here. In South Philly they have a lot of local area bars,” Glenn said. “We want to build ourselves up to be the new neighborhood spot for them.”

We don’t want to be loud neighbors, said Rob Johnson, vice president of marketing.

Encompassing both family and adult fun, XFINITY Live has five sit-down restaurants for a variety of people.

XFINITY Live filled to capacity during grand opening weekend.

The Spectrum Grill offers a classier option with a sophisticated, intimate atmosphere while Victory Beer Hall is complete with an outdoor fire pit and long beer hall style tables like sitting in a high school cafeteria. NBC Sports Arena is in the center of the venue and features a 32-foot Sony LED HD television placing you in the game. PBR Bar and Grill offers a southern feel complete with a mechanical bull. While, Broad Street Bullies Pub is a combination of a classic tavern and pub, including 48 drafts on tap.

If you are looking for a quick bite to eat or to just grab a beer, XFINITY Live’s Philly Marketplace hosts Chickie’s & Petes, Goodnoe’s Ice Cream, Old Nick’s Roast Beef and Original Philadelphia Cheesesteak Company. It also includes a raw bar.

On Thursday from 10 p.m. to midnight, XFINITY LIVE will have a kickoff party with performances by Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship.

“This is just the beginning of what we hope to be a very large project down here at the South Philly sports complex,” Glenn said. “We have a lot to offer. Everyone will find something to enjoy.

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