Coming 2009, the Philadelphia Spectrum will be no more.
After months of speculation and rumors, Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider Tuesday that “this will be the final year of the Spectrum.” The Philadelphia based sports and entertainment firm which owns the arena, will close the 42-year-old Spectrum at the conclusion of the upcoming 2008-09 hockey and soccer seasons.
“This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” said Snider. “The Spectrum is my baby. It’s one of the greatest things that ever happened to me, but after a lot of thinking and discussions, we all feel it is in our best interest to close the Spectrum at the conclusion of the upcoming 2008-09 Philadelphia Phantoms and Kixx seasons.”
It is still yet to be determined when and how the Spectrum will come down, whether by implosion and other means.
Comcast-Spectacor has created a Web site (rememberthespectrum.com) to pay tribute and showcase the history of the famed arena with artifacts, video, photographs and memorabilia. The site is also being created for fans to share memories, photographs, ticket stubs, and other Spectrum-related fun items with others.
With the doors closing, some special events are being planned for the final year of the building.
“With this season being the final season of the Wachovia Spectrum, we will celebrate the history of the Spectrum with an exciting, year-long celebration of events,” Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko said. “We are looking at the possibility of bringing a preseason Philadelphia Flyers game and a regular season 76ers game to the Spectrum this year, along with many other special surprises.”
The Spectrum opened on September 30, 1967 with the Quaker City Jazz Festival.
Comcast-Spectacor is in discussions to relocate the Phantoms to another facility in time for the 2009-10 season. The Phantoms will commemorate their final season of the Spectrum by wearing a special patch on their uniform and celebrating memorable moments from the historic venue throughout the season.