Friday, March 27, 2015

Sixers Spectrum game tix go on sale Monday

Those who head down to the Spectrum to buy them Monday morning can tour the former locker room and meet a couple of former players.

Sixers Spectrum game tix go on sale Monday

The Sixers will take their turn in the farewell tour of the Spectrum with a Monday, March 15 game against the Bulls. To add some hype, the team has enhanced the experience for anyone who comes to the Spectrum this coming Monday, Dec. 15, when the tickets go on sale.

Those tickets will go on sale online, by phone and at the Spectrum box office starting at 10 Monday. The first 500 fans who buy those tickets in person will be able to take a tour of the former Sixers locker room and meet a couple of franchise alumni, including World B. Free.

The price range for tickets will be $19.67, $75, $90, and $150. Those who can’t buy them in person can get them through or by calling 1-800-298-4200. Expect some additional fees.

Sixers season ticketholders already have been notified about purchasing additional tickets, if they desire. Based on what the Flyers did when they staged a couple of exhibition games at the Spectrum in September, expect much pomp and nostalgia for that March game. And a full house; capacity for basketball at the Spectrum is 17,967.

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One problem the Flyers wrestled with was trying to get present season-ticketholders into the seats they had when they were attending games at the Spectrum. Eric Blankenship, the Sixers' VP of marketing, said that doesn’t present as big a problem because the Sixers have a smaller season-ticket base that the Flyers do.  He did say that they are trying something similar; for instance, those who have lower-level seats at the Wachovia Center will get the same at the Spectrum.

Blankenship said he thought there were about 11,000 seats still available for that game.

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Paul Vigna still has the seat he wrestled out of the concrete at Connie Mack Stadium parked in the finished basement, a 1980 Phillies championship mirror hanging above it. Now, why he’s kept an autograph of former Flyer Bruce Gamble on a sheet of Hockey Hall of Fame paper is another story. A native of Philly who grew up in Lansdale, he’s an assistant sports editor at the Daily News in charge of special projects who has written two columns related to sports and consumers: View From the Seats and Savvy Consumer.

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