Philadelphia is home to many luxurious hotels that offer rooms at reasonable rates. If you’re in town to watch the NHL game, an ideal choice is to stay close to the Wells Fargo arena (home to the NHL’s Flyers) in South Philadelphia. The Holiday Inn offers rooms starting from $95 a night. Guests will enjoy the skyline views from their room, while the others overlook the South Philadelphia Sports Complex that houses the Wells Fargo Center.
If you’re arriving by car to watch the game, another great choice would be to stay at the Courtyard Philadelphia South at the Navy Yard*. It offers guests free and ample parking. Starting from $100 a night, the hotel has a quick access to one of Philly’s finest restaurant Lo Spiedo, which is only a few blocks away. If you rather use the public transportation to head to the city center, you can either choose the complimentary shuttle service provided by the Navy Yard on weekdays or the SEPTA bus service on weekends.
Although these hotels are not particularly cheap during the NHL season, you could score good deals and special discounts if you book in advance. For last-minute bookings, consider staying in downtown where hotels like Ramada Philadelphia City Center and Rodeway Inn offer rooms for as little as $75 a night.
NHL fans headed to the Flyer’s game will appreciate the special rates offered by the Wells Fargo center to its guests. Booking a stay at one of the arena’s official hotels like Aloft Philadelphia Airport, Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport and Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Airport, near the airport can help you score great prices for less than $100 a night. Even better, these hotels are only four miles from the Wells Fargo Center. For transit, take the regional rail train from the airport to the Suburban Station and then the Broad Street Subway Line (orange) after a short walk through the City Hall station - which will land you at AT&T Station.
In addition to this, most airport hotels offer a free shuttle service to the city center, which is just 15 minutes away. Plus, the Airport Line runs directly to downtown.
Hockey enthusiasts will most likely want to find cheap lodgings other than hotels since the room prices may surge or even fill up during the Oct-Apr Flyers season. Airbnb offers many private rooms in Wharton and Pennsport for less $50 a night. The neighborhood is not only centrally located but is also less than five miles from the Flyers Stadium.
Visitors who are comfortable with room shares can find great lodging options in South Philadelphia for less than $30 a night. In addition to the cheap rates, you’ll enjoy perks like free parking and kitchenette to cook your own meals. Even better, most rooms are in near the subway station.
Visitors on a tighter budget have two hostel options in the city. Apple Hostels of Philadelphia offer rooms for less than $30 a night with modern amenities like central air conditioning, modern kitchen facilities, on-site laundry facilities, and no curfews or lockouts. The hostel is not only close to the subway station, but just six miles from the Wells Fargo Center.
Another hostel is the Chamounix Mansion* that offers spartan accommodations for only $20 per person, per night – plus $3 membership fee.
Most hostels may fill up quickly when there is a big game like the cross-state rivalries between Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, which is one of the most competitive rivalries in NHL. In addition to this, even the playoff matchups attract many NHL fans.
Although renting a car is more convenient, traffic on game nights can get really heavy, making it more difficult to find parking compared to other areas. Whether you choose to stay in downtown or close to the Wells Fargo Stadium, watching your favorite NHL team play is never a hassle in a city that has one of the most well-connected transit systems in the United States.
A cheap option is to make use of the city’s public transportation - run by SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority). If you’re heading to the NHL game from downtown, look for public transit signs and take the Broad Street Subway Line (orange) Southbound to the AT&T Station (also known as the Pattison Avenue Station), which lands you about 10 minutes from the Wells Fargo Center. The bus, subway or trolley fares cost about $2.25 per ride but if purchased in packs of two, or five, you could save some bucks by paying just $1.80 per token.
A flock of travelers head to the city for sightseeing during the summer, especially during the fourth of July. Since the NHL season is during the winters from October to April, fans will enjoy cheap hotel prices after the holidays in January and February, when there are barely any tourists. But there is also a chance that the prices may increase due to the sporting events, so be sure to map your trip in advance.
Apart from the sporting events, the Wells Fargo center hosts a variety of events - concerts by renowned artists like Jay Z and Lady Antebellum, family shows like Disney on Ice, and more - the city has much to offer visitors. Event schedules are posted on the Wells Fargo website on a regular basis for those who would like to experience some of the most happening events in the city.
There are many options for landing cheap tickets to the Flyers or the 76ers game. You can either buy the tickets directly from the team or get a good price from an individual seller who no longer needs the tickets. However, a cheaper and reliable option is to buy NHL tickets from websites that compile ticket listings from direct sellers in one platform. For example, buying tickets from ScoreBig will allow fans to choose the best available price in the market. Moreover, with no additional fee charges, NHL fans are guaranteed to pay a rate that is 10 - 60% below market price.
Last minute ticket prices usually cost more than $60, but booking in advance could help you score cheap prices for as little as $20 per ticket. Be sure to check the website ScoreBig for regular updates, so you don’t lose out on the best seats at surprising bargains.
Since 1970, NHL hockey has played a significant role in building the city’s sports culture – from hosting the Stanley Cup Final (2010) to Winter Classic (2012) to NHL draft (2014), a massive hockey festival outside the Wells Fargo Center. The city is brimming with sports fans especially when there are playoff matchups among their favorite teams. After all in-game rivalries always bring out the best in the competing teams. In NHL, the Penguins aren't the only ‘rivals’ the Flyers have. If you are in Philly and if the Flyers are hosting the Boston Bruins or the Washington Capitals, you might want to grab a seat in the arena to watch some fast paced, adrenaline pumping hockey madness. For those who enjoy a good, clean game of Basketball, head out to the Wells Fargo Arena to catch the 76ers (NBA) play the Knicks, the Lakers or the Celtics, their historical rivals.
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