Posted by: C. Smith
11/23/10 4:07 pm EST

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.

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