This morning, Anthony SanFilippo of the Delco Times reported that he has confirmed with Peter Luukko that the Spectrum has seen its final summer.
The old Spectrum was home to many great moments in Philly sports history
The old building that has sat staring at its successor, the Wells Fargo Center, will be slowly torn apart starting in September to make room for the entertainment complex, Philly Live!, that is supposed to be opening up in the area where the Spectrum once stood. According to SanFilippo, the plan is to start razing the inside of the facility in November, and by the time December rolls around the demolition crew will be on hand with a wrecking ball to knock down the Spectrum. As Travis Hughes says on Broad Street Hockey,
As we head to South Philly this fall and early winter for games at the Wells Fargo Center, we’ll be forced to gaze across the parking lot at the building that’s slowly dying. By spring, we probably won’t be able to tell there was ever a building there.
…It’s sad to think that the Spectrum will be all but gone come the time the Flyers will likely be gearing up for a playoff run. Personally, it will be pretty emotional for me as I think with many Flyers fans my age and older our first game was seen inside the old Spectrum, and that’s where our earliest memories of the Flyers begin to form. It’ll be tough to see the old girl go down, but we certainly will be reminded of the Spectrum with every ounce of historic Flyers footage we ever see.
God Bless the Spectrum!
Check out SanFilippo’s article here: SPECTRUM DEMOLITION SET FOR NOVEMBER