Building Memories: Missing an Old Friend, The Spectrum

November 24th, 2010 by Andrew J. Kearney Leave a reply »
The Spectrum was not just a building on South Broad St., it was many other things for 43 years.  It wasn't limited to just bricks and the steel on the inside, but served the city of Philadelphia for a few generations.  The Spectrum took on the city's blue-collar style and added another dimension to it.

The Spectrum was a place where great ghosts of Flyers and Sixers past spoke to us as we entered.  It was the place where a majority of my childhood unfolded.  As a Philadelphia fan, I experienced many good and bad times at the old Spectrum, but one thing was for sure, it was always sacred ground to me.  

On countless Friday evenings, I would enter into The Spectrum to see the Philadelphia Phantoms take on their hated rivals, the Hershey Bears.  In many of these games, brawls would ensue and who else but Frank "The Animal" Bialowas was right in the middle.   

The Wells Fargo Center is a fantastic sports venue, but it can never be The Spectrum.  The Spectrum was a Philadelphia icon and always will be.  With the Kate Smith statue standing proudly outside, we were reminded of the Flyers' rich history. & ...

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