As we all know, “America’s Showplace”, The Spectrum, met its end today, not through implosion (because of the nearby Broad Street subway line) but with the strangely weak force of a wrecking ball.

Fans and former star athletes, including Hall of Famer Dr. J watched as the 43-year-old arena met its slow demise. 

Lauren Hart got the event off to a tremendous start by singing “God Bless America, but it turned out to be a long day for everyone.  In true “Rocky” fashion, the old building refused to go down easy as it took more than six swings for the orange wrecking ball to make a noticeable dent in its brick facade.  It was nearly a dozen strikes before any real damage was inflicted on The Spectrum.  Of course the initial strikes by the wrecking ball were accompanied by John Cougar’s “Crumblin’ Down” and Bruce’s “Wrecking Ball” blaring over a loudspeaker system.

We have Spectrum related video (including the demolition) after the jump.

NBC10.com has a professionally shot video of the event posted on their site.


Here is one 6 minute eye witness video from Youtube that actually catches the wrecking ball doing some damage

CSNPhilly.com’s Dei Lynam recalls how the Spectrum inspired her career choice as a sports journalist.

This morning SportsCenter counted down the 10 best Spectrum moments.

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