With the Flyers ready to get underway in the NHL playoffs tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, fans could be in for a notable addition to the arena music. No, we haven't heard that they'll stop playing Black Eyed Peas before the game, but there appears to be a strong possibility that the "DOOP song," formally known as "Maria (I Like It Loud)," will be part of the in-game experience in some form. The DOOP song is the song you hear at PPL Park after the Union score, although it is used elsewhere and is not specifically unique to the Union or PPL Park. However, it has become a huge part of the Union experience (more on that story here), with the team's ownership even trademarking the word.
I'm not sure yet what place it will take in Flyers games, but I've heard it could possibly even be the new goal anthem, replacing Bro Hymn.
I've been unable to get any confirmation from the team so far, but Bryan James, President of the Union's Sons of Ben supporters group, told me that he's heard Danny Briere requested that the Flyers front office use the song after goals. James says that the Flyers contacted the Union about it, and the Union front office in turn contacted the SoBs, adding that it was classy of the Flyers to inquire regarding their interest in possibly using the song.
We reiterate that we don't know anything for sure at this point; if the song is to be used, we may not know the context until the Flyers' first goal is scored—or longer if it's not to be the goal song, but it sounds like there's at least a chance DOOP will travel north from Chester to find a second home in South Philly, whether as the goal song or just a new addition to the music played to hype up the crowd. Below, video from a recent DOOP celebration at PPL Park.
Would Flyers fans be OK with a possible change to the team's goal song? Hard to say. One thing I'll add is, while the song would surely be seen as borrowed from another team, the same was true of Bro Hymn, which was in use by the Anaheim Ducks and in other sporting events before the Flyers began using it here.