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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 06:02 AM
I am going to miss this place ,,, I saw my first Allman Bos show there back 72 or 73 maybe both dates,,,


Philly Spectrum could be razed for retail, entertainment complex
1/15/2008, 1:09 p.m. EST
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Wachovia Spectrum, former home to the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers, could be razed to make room for an entertainment complex.

Comcast-Spectacor, the sports division of Comcast Corp., is working with Cordish Co. of Baltimore to develop 300,000 square feet of restaurants, bars, retail stores and movie theaters in the area. The Spectrum could be replaced by a hotel and parking garage.

The 41-year-old arena now hosts the Philadelphia Phantoms minor league hockey team, Kixx indoor soccer team and concerts and other events. It's uncertain where the teams will go if evicted.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 06:28 AM
I saw the Grateful Dead there for 3 nights in a row on St Patrick's Day Weekend in 1995. It was those shows that they pulled out "Unbroken Chain" for the first time in years at the end of the first set. I remember the second set not being able to start for at least 10 minutes while the band stood there, the Sold Out crowd Cheered and Chanted "THANK YOU PHIL!!" at the top of there lungs. It is a great memory...thats about all I remember form that weekend though, I was pretty out of my gourd for the rest of it! LOL
 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 07:31 AM
It is possibly gone they really are not sure if they want to keep it or not have to figure out what to do with the phantoms and kixx etc first.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 06:30 PM
saw a lot of good shows there
 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 06:36 PM
I've been sitting at this terminal too long...I thought the topic said Phil Specter should be razed???

 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 07:06 PM
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I saw the Grateful Dead there for 3 nights in a row on St Patrick's Day Weekend in 1995. It was those shows that they pulled out "Unbroken Chain" for the first time in years at the end of the first set. I remember the second set not being able to start for at least 10 minutes while the band stood there, the Sold Out crowd Cheered and Chanted "THANK YOU PHIL!!" at the top of there lungs. It is a great memory...thats about all I remember form that weekend though, I was pretty out of my gourd for the rest of it! LOL



First Unbroken EVER!!

I saw all my first concerts there, including Dead. The place is probably ready to be torn down; I haven't been there since 94 or so and it was ready back then.

Good times, though. They'll stay in mind.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 07:18 PM
I saw lots of shows there, probably the most memorable was the 5-man ABB in Dec 1971. Inspiring to see them carrying on, but in an obvious understatement, Duane was really missed.
 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 07:26 PM
I started going to concerts there in 1976 and saw some great shows:

Santana opening for Johnny Winter
Grateful Dead more times than I can count
Rush/Procol Harum/Robin Trower on the same bill
Jeff Beck during the Wired Tour
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Pink Floyd during the Animals Tour
Neil Young on the Rust Never Sleeps tour
CSN
The Band on their Last Waltz tour

and a bunch more I can't remember right now-most for less than $10/show. It was a fun venue and the sight of many great musical moments.

It is however well past it's prime.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 07:36 PM
here a pic of what they want to build

 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 09:46 PM
You know how time fades away....



One of my favorite album covers....dodged a few M-80s at the Spectrum back in the day. Soft spot for the old place, no doubt.

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[Edited on 1/24/2008 by barreloflaughs]

[Edited on 1/24/2008 by barreloflaughs]

 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 10:21 PM
Saw all my 1st big concerts there. Dead 9/72, ABB 12/72, Zappa........................Stanley Cup final games, many Sixers games. My great uncle Dave Zinkoff was the announcer for the Sixers for years. They named the street that runs between the Spectrum & Wachovia Ctr for him, Zinkoff Blvd.
 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 11:34 PM
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My great uncle Dave Zinkoff was the announcer for the Sixers for years. They named the street that runs between the Spectrum & Wachovia Ctr for him, Zinkoff Blvd.


Very cool.


They named the street on the other side after the Philly fans.

Fukoff Blvd.


 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 08:49 AM
Zinkoff is a legend. For other reasons, so are Philly fans.
 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 09:32 AM
WOW............i grew up nearby and saw my first EVER rock concert there when I was 14. It was Jeff Beck and although I wasn't quite old enough to "get" what I was seeing, it sure was a fun night!! Saw a bunch of Flyers games there too as a teen..........
 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 11:13 AM
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My great uncle Dave Zinkoff was the announcer for the Sixers for years. They named the street that runs between the Spectrum & Wachovia Ctr for him, Zinkoff Blvd.


Cool!

"Julius ERRRRRRRRVING!"

Years before then, when Hal Greer hit a shot it'd be "Gaa-REEEEEEER!"

 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 11:22 AM
I was a Sixer season ticket holder from 85-92... First concert for me there was Bruce Springsteen- One of my top five shows

 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 01:36 PM
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I've been sitting at this terminal too long...I thought the topic said Phil Specter should be razed???


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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 04:30 PM
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here a pic of what they want to build




this will generate a lot more revenue than the kixx and phantoms combined, which is after all the bottom line for most corporations.

 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 07:55 PM
In Baltimore, The Baltimore Arena's not in much better shape
 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 11:15 PM
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My great uncle Dave Zinkoff was the announcer for the Sixers for years. They named the street that runs between the Spectrum & Wachovia Ctr for him, Zinkoff Blvd.


Cool!

"Julius ERRRRRRRRVING!"

Years before then, when Hal Greer hit a shot it'd be "Gaa-REEEEEEER!"


Dr J. did the eulogy at his funeral. I sat right next to his wife Turquoise at the funeral. He (Zink) really was loved in Philly. I remember going to games at the Civic Center and sitting courtside, by the announcers table. Back in the days of Greer & Wilt. I'm happy to see folks here, that remember him.

 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 11:39 PM
Sometimes speed reading isn't all that good.....this is the first time I realized this isn't about Phil Spector.....I kept wondering how he could be razed.
 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 07:37 AM
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Saw all my 1st big concerts there. Dead 9/72, ABB 12/72, Zappa........................Stanley Cup final games, many Sixers games. My great uncle Dave Zinkoff was the announcer for the Sixers for years. They named the street that runs between the Spectrum & Wachovia Ctr for him, Zinkoff Blvd.


My favorite Zinkoff announcement was "To the owner of white Buick, your lights are on, your doors are locked and your engine is running". This happen more times than I can count.

First concert I ever saw was at the Spectrum in August 1970. Edison Electric, ABB and Chicago. Saw a lot of great shows there. I'll miss it if it goes.

If they do raze it, they should start by tearing the roof off, since that's what happened when they opened it.

 

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My great uncle Dave Zinkoff was the announcer for the Sixers for years. They named the street that runs between the Spectrum & Wachovia Ctr for him, Zinkoff Blvd.


Cool!

"Julius ERRRRRRRRVING!"

Years before then, when Hal Greer hit a shot it'd be "Gaa-REEEEEEER!"


Back when players got 3 foul shots to make 2, Zink would say"THRRREE for 2". I remember him when I was a kid going to Convention Hall to see the Sixers.

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 10:34 AM
Heard the Brothers rip it up there during the Enlightened Rogues tour with Sister Bonnie Bramlett in the house. Henry Paul Band (or is that "the Outlaws"?) opened. Rekindled my interest in the the ABB after the Scooter Herring/Cher weirdness. I had written them off, so that was a great night.

As for the building, all things must pass...

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 10:34 AM
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Sometimes speed reading isn't all that good.....this is the first time I realized this isn't about Phil Spector.....I kept wondering how he could be razed.
ok, it wasn't just me...

 

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