My Last Time at the Spectrum
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After learning that this was the final year for the Spectrum, I decided to make a few more visits to this arena. Originally, I was going to go 3 times, but ended up only going once.
While currently called the Wachovia Spectrum, almost everyone would just call it the Spectrum. Built in 1967, it was once the home of the Flyers and 76ers. That was until 1996, when both teams moved across the parking lot to the bigger building, the Wachovia Center (at the time). After that, it has been used by the Philadelphia Phantoms and other teams from other sports, like indoor soccer and arena football, as well as concerts.
My personal history... I have been to only 1 Flyers game there, in 1990. And 1 Sixers game in 1992. And that's it! Yeah, I know, not really much, as my family were not really into sports.
The Philadelphia Phantoms were a minor league affiliate of the Flyers. They started play in the American Hockey League (or AHL) in 1996. The AHL is like the AAA league of baseball. I have heard rave reviews of these games, even from some die-hard Flyers fans, but never got around to going. But when learning that the Spectrum would close down and get demolished, I had to make another visit. Originally, I was going to go 3 more times, but ended up going only once inside.
Coming from work on this day, I went to the Spectrum. It was one of the coldest days that I ever experienced. Unbelievably cold! Luckily, the game was indoors.
The Phantoms played the Lowell Devils. It was a very close game, but the home team would come away with a win, by beating the Devils, 5-4. I think that I even saw a fight up-close, which was really interesting to see. I tend to get upset when the referee breaks up the fight. :)
After the game, I took one look around the place, before heading back. I would take the subway, then the regional train to where my car was parked.
I would make another visit there, on a nicer day, and walked around the building. I would see the different statues, like ones of Julius Erving and Kate Smith.
While I would only actually visit there a few times, I have seen it on TV, or heard about it on the radio, numerous times. So I know this is a piece of Philly history, as this was where the Flyers won their only 2 Stanley Cups in the mid-1970's, and the last Philly championship happened, when the 76ers won it all in 1983.
Rest In Peace, Spectrum!