God Bless the Spectrum (1967 - 2009)

"Home of the Flyers, the Seventy Sixers, and a lot of Rock & Roll"
3601 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Construction Cost $ 7 million
Opened September 30, 1967
Closed October 31, 2009

It's in the Name
SPECTRUM
According to Ed Snider and Lou Scheinfeld in the book "Good Bless the Spectrum", the letters stand for:
SP 
UM
Sports and South Phila.
Entertainment
Circuses and Concerts
Theatrics
Recreation
stadiUM and auditoriUM

Spectrum (1967–1994)
CoreStates Spectrum (1994–1998)
First Union Spectrum (1998–2003)
Wachovia Spectrum (2003–2009)

Home Philadelphia Teams:
Flyers (NHL; 1967–1996)
76ers (NBA; 1967–1996)
Wings (NLL I (Franchise 1974–75)
Wings (NLL II (Franchise 1987–1996)
Phantoms (AHL; 1996–2009)
KiXX (NPSL/MISL II/NISL; 1996–2009)
Soul (AFL; 2004–2008; selected games)
Freedoms (WTT; 1974)
Bulldogs (RHI; 1994–1996)
Fever (MISL I; 1978–1981)
The End of a Legend
Philadelphia (11/23/2010)
The (wrecking) ball has dropped on the Spectrum at 3601 S. Broad Street.  After 43 years as a Philly Icon, it is time to say good buy to "Americas Showplace."  It was a tough day for all, but probably the hardest for Ed Snider.  Pictured here at the final show, he could not stay to watch the ball drop. 
 

It was Ed's vision to develop a sports complex and Philadelphia is the only place in America to have one of this magnitude. The Flyers, Sixers, Eagles, and Phillies all play within a half mile of each other.
Make way for a new $100 million  entertainment center.  
When you start the DVD of Yes Shows, here is what you learn about the Spectrum.  "We are at the Spectrum in Philadelphia - home of the Flyers, the Seventy Sixers, and a lot of Rock & Roll.  In fact, during the course of one year, more people gather here to hear more rock & roll than any other one place on earth.  But, despite these impressive figures, there has never been a rock concert filmed or video taped within its walls until June 21, 1979.  The group, that played that evening, was only one of three acts to ever sell-out the spectrum on three consecutive evenings.  Tonight you will experience that special event as we present an Evening with Yes."

Gene Hart was the voice of the Flyers for more than a quarter of a century. We will always remember his call at the end of game 6 on May 19, 1974 - "The Flyers win the Stanley Cup! The Flyers win the Stanley Cup!"  Today, Lauren Hart sings the National Anthem & God Bless America.