Monday, May 25, 2015

Malone, Free greet locker room visitors

Around 2,000 tickets are scarfed up today for the Sixers final game at the Spectrum in March.

Malone, Free greet locker room visitors

Sixers Alum Moses Malone hands a fan an autograph in the Sixers locker room at the Spectrum.
Sixers Alum Moses Malone hands a fan an autograph in the Sixers locker room at the Spectrum. Sixers

The Sixers say they sold around 2,000 tickets today for the swan song at the Wachovia Spectrum, set for Friday, March 13, vs. the Bulls.

Those who arrived at the Spectrum box office this morning were given a tour of what used to be the team's dressing room by former Sixers Moses Malone and World B. Free, who also shared their memories with fans.

Tickets are available at, in person at the Spectrum box office or by calling 1-800-298-4200. Tickets will cost $19.67 (the building opened in 1967), $75, $90, and $150.

The Spectrum will be removed from the landscape next year to make way for Philly Live, a new retail, restaurant, and entertainment district.

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