November 03, 2010
Preparations For Spectrum Demolition To Begin On November 8
As the Spectrum nears a date with the wrecking ball, Comcast-Spectacor and Cordish Company will begin enclosing the Spectrum site with protective fencing on Monday, November 8. It is not expected to affect any parking in the area of the Wells Fargo Center nor interfere with any ingress or egress at the Wells Fargo Center, either.
“We will begin the demolition process by enclosing the Spectrum with protective fencing on Monday,” said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. “The demolition of the arena will commence from the inside as early as Monday or Tuesday. We expect to be working on the exterior by the third week in November.”
In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is allowing fans one-last opportunity to go inside the Spectrum on Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for a “If You Can Carry It, You Can Keep It” event. Admission is $25 which includes a commemorative Spectrum crystal, as well as the opportunity to go onto the arena floor and take home a personal souvenir of the Spectrum.
Items available for the “If You Can Carry It, You Can Keep It” event include Spectrum folding chairs, used televisions, some office furniture, couches, computer equipment, and other collectibles. Items are first-come, first-served. Patrons will be allowed to take as much as they can carry (up to four chairs per person) with no re-entry into the arena. Tools and hand carts are prohibited. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation.
Patrons interested in participating in the “If You Can Carry It, You Can Keep It” event can purchase tickets at the Spectrum beginning on Saturday, November 6 at 8 a.m. Fans will be directed to enter the Spectrum from the service tunnel in Lot G by 11th Street. Fans will be able to descend the ramp and walk right onto the arena floor, the only area provided for this event.
Demolition of the Spectrum will make way for Philly Live, a spectacular new retail, restaurant, and entertainment district. Cordish Company, of Baltimore, MD, a world-renowned developer of similar projects throughout North America, is partnering with Comcast-Spectacor in Philly Live.
Other Spectrum souvenirs are available at RememberTheSpectrum.com. These include seats, pieces of the court, melted ice in drink coasters, pieces of the protective hockey glass and more. Fans can also purchase the complete photographic history of the Spectrum entitled “God Bless the Spectrum” for $24.95.