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FFH
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[Philly] Spectrum tear-down starts Tuesday

Festivities celebrating the old Spectrum start before Noon Tuesday.

»www.philly.com/philly/news/20101···RUM.html

Anyone who wants to see a wrecking ball begin to crush Philadelphia's beloved Spectrum should be in the parking lots adjacent to the South Philadelphia arena by mid-day Tuesday.

In a ceremony that is hailed as a "block party," complete with dollar hot dogs and sodas, the exterior walls of the arena that hosted thousands of Sixers and Flyers games and hundreds of rock and pop music concerts over the last 42 years will face a wrecking ball at noon, officials said.

Sports icons, Julius Erving of the Sixers and Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent will be on hand and speeches will be delivered by Mayor Nutter, Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snyder and others, officials said.

During the festivities, fans can place orders for commemorative bricks from the arena for $39.95, Richman said.

The parking lots around the Spectrum will open at 9 a.m. The demolition is expected to take about four months, Richman said. The Spectrum is to be replaced by Philly Live, a retail, restaurant and entertainment venue that is expected to be completed in 2012.



FFH
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You can watch it live here noon Tuesday.

»abclocal.go.com/wpvi/html5/liven···aid=null



John97
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I practically grew up in the place... Much like the destruction of the Vet, this greatly saddens me.
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So put me on a highway, and show me a sign.
And take it to the limit one more time...



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John97
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Fitting...

»thekey.xpn.org/2010/11/philadelp···ng-ball/
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Fir_Na_Tine
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said by John97:

I practically grew up in the place... Much like the destruction of the Vet, this greatly saddens me.

I still think they should have kept the Spectrum and with it the Phantoms in Philly and just gave it a remodel/refresh. Now there are no more pro stadiums with their own names, all corporate now. Even Ed Snyder said called the new building the Wells whatever its called now arena. How many times has it changed names now? Corestates, First Union, Wachovia and now Wells Fargo. In a few years its will be some other bank name with no character just like the building.
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said by Fir_Na_Tine:

I still think they should have kept the Spectrum and with it the Phantoms in Philly and just gave it a remodel/refresh. Now there are no more pro stadiums with their own names, all corporate now. Even Ed Snyder said called the new building the Wells whatever its called now arena. How many times has it changed names now? Corestates, First Union, Wachovia and now Wells Fargo. In a few years its will be some other bank name with no character just like the building.

I couldn't agree more. It was a great venue for concerts and such, and could have continued to be used for other things like college basketball, pay-per-view stuff, etc.
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Some interior demolition photos... Very sad.

»www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=3···55652327
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Some recent photos...

»www.the700level.com/2011/02/new-···eal.html
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Next step today - they collapse the roof at 2 P.M.
»www.philly.com/philly/news/20110···day.html

The roof of the arena is supposed to start collapsing this afternoon, after support beams are removed, according to Comcast-Spectacor spokesman Ike Richman.

Expect the tumbling to begin around 2 p.m. - a two-hour delay from an earlier estimate, Richman said.