There has been speculation for some time, but now it seems official, the Spectrum in Philly will close at the end of this year and be demolished. The arena is 42-years old.
"This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make," said Ed Snider, Comcast-Spectacor’s chairman. "The Spectrum is my baby. It’s one of the greatest things that has 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."
This will officially end any remnants of Philadelphia sports wins. The 76ers called the Spectrum home in 1983 when they won the NBA title, as did the Flyers who last won a championship in 1975. Veterans Stadium was busted to pieces a few years ago to erase what was left of the Phillies’ house from their 1980 World Series. And the Eagles…well, we know the deal there.