America's Showplace No More
The Spectrum was one man’s dream to convert Philadelphia from a second-rate city into America’s Showplace. Ed Snyder drove the development of the building which opened in 1967 and at that time it was state of the art. The main purpose for its development was to accommodate the newest NHL expansion team the Philadelphia Flyers, but the building also went on to house many memorable NBA and college basketball games as well as thousands of concerts and other special events.
The Spectrum had a special meaning to me as I experienced my first NHL game, my first NBA game, my first professional tennis match, my first rock concert, and my first Ringling Brothers Circus there – as did many other Philadelphians.
Today the building was open to the public for one final walkthrough before it’s demolished. The building will be destroyed in the near future to make way for a modern entertainment and hotel facility which will link the 3 other existing sports facilities adjacent to it.
Goodbye old friend….
Explored October 24, 2009 #150