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Address 3601 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone (215) 336-3600
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  The Facility  
Date Built 1967
Date Demolished November 2010
Basketball Capacity 18,168
Population Base 4,900,000
On Site Parking 12,000
Nearest Airport 4 Miles
  Other Facts  
Tenants Philadelphia Wings (NLL)
Philadelphia Kixx (NPSL)
Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL)
Former Tenants Philadelphia 76ers
(NBA) 1967-1996
Philadelphia Flyers
(NHL) 1967-1996
Retired Numbers #6 Julius Erving
#10 Maurice Cheeks
#13 Wilt Chamberlain
#15 Hal Greer
#24 Bobby Jones
#32 Billy Cunningham
Microphone - Dave Zinkoff
Championships 1st




Sources: Mediaventures

Built in 1967, at a cost of $7 million, the Spectrum has become one of the busiest and most successful arenas in the US, hosting over 75 million people and 6,000 events during its history. 33 years later the Spectrum continues to host great events such as the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL), Philadelphia Kixx (NPSL), Atlantic 10 Basketball, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sesame Street Live, the US Hot Rod Grand Slam Monster Jam, Barney's Big Surprise, school graduations, conventions and top rated concerts. The Grateful Dead played the Spectrum more times than any other musical act - 53!

A recent addition to the Spectrum is a curtaining system that can make the 18,000-seat arena's capacity drop to an intimate 6,000-seat arena. The name for the facility, "Spectrum", is derived from seven different words; 'Sp" from sports, "e" from entertainment, "c" from concerts and circus, "t" from theatrics, "r" from recreation and "um" from stadium.

Some memorable events to take place at the Spectrum include; 20th Annual NBA All-Star Game (1976), Flyer's First Stanley Cup (1974), Phantom's First Calder Cup (1998), Elvis Presley's last live appearance (1976), Bruce Springsteen's eight sold-out shows (1984) and the 43rd Annual NHL All-Star Game (1992). Scenes from the movie "Philadelphia" were filmed in the Spectrum as well.

Miscellaneous Facts

7,000 tons of steel.
19,000 cubic yards of concrete.
32,500 square feet of glass.
62,000 linear feet of driven piles.
400,000 square feet of drywall.

September 30, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Demolition of the Spectrum arena in Philadelphia is expected to begin in early November, according to the Delaware Daily Times. The venue will not be imploded, but will fall under the battering of a wrecking ball, the newspaper said. The Spectrum was committed to death row in January, 2008 when it was reported that it was going to be razed in favor of a new hotel and entertainment complex in South Philadelphia known as "Philly Live!" The project, which will be constructed by the Cordish Co. of Baltimore, Md., will bring a series of shops, restaurants, bars and night clubs to the South Philadelphia sports complex area and will take up a significant piece of land on the property where the Spectrum and its parking lots sit.

December 2, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Philadelphia, Pa. - The wrecking ball has begun its work in tearing down the 43-year-old Spectrum arena, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Once removed, the footprint will be part of a new "Philly Live" project to be developed by Cordish Cos., of Baltimore, but the final product is expected to be smaller than originally anticipated.

The News said the 350,000-square-foot Philly Live! has shrunk to a 40,000-to 45,000-square-foot "Phase One" building featuring a huge sports bar with Philadelphia hockey and hoops memorabilia.

"We may bring in the penalty box from the Spectrum, or the backboards or pieces of the basketball court," Comcast Spectacor spokesman Ike Richman told the Daily News.

Phase One construction is expected to begin in April and be completed by mid-2012, Richman said. Gary Block, vice president of Cordish, responded to questions from the Daily News in an e-mail response to Richman saying: "We are in discussions on the exact concept of the space and we hope to announce our plans soon."

Comcast Spectacor has a ground lease with the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development that gives it the right to develop the city-owned Spectrum property for the next 50 years, just as that lease gave Comcast Spectacor the right to build what is now called the Wells Fargo Center.

Sam Rhoads, senior vice president of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., told the Daily News: "From the city's point of view, the beautiful thing about a sports arena is that everything down there gets taxed. You buy a ticket, buy a beer, park your car - it's all taxed. The same will be true for Philly Live!, which is basically going to be a retail complex where everything gets taxed."

Deputy Mayor Greenberger told the newspaper he foresees Philly Live! as a destination independent of sports-complex events.

"You don't have to have tickets to an Eagles game to go there, because people will see it as a cool place to hang out, a place where a lot of people are hanging out, having a good time," he said. "Maybe you don't want to spend too much money on a mediocre stadium hot dog," he said, laughing. "Maybe you'd rather spend the same money in a Philly Live! restaurant on something that tastes better - and watch the game on TV."

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