Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Troc crew taking over wrestling arena

A liquor license is posted on the South Philly building known as the Asylum Arena.

Troc crew taking over wrestling arena

Asylum at Swanson and Ritner Streets. (From Wikipedia, public domain)
Asylum at Swanson and Ritner Streets. (From Wikipedia, public domain)

A liquor license posted on the Asylum Arena at Swanson and Ritner Streets in South Philadelphia bears the names of the owner/operator of the Chinatown music venue The Trocadero.

This suggests that this corner, next to the Forman Mills store, will hear the beats of music, rather than beat-downs. The Asylum, also known as ECW, had hosted pro wrestling, boxing and MMA events for several years.

No one affiilated with the transaction is talking about it publicly. The Troc's Joanna Pang did not return calls over the last week.

In 2011, during the Troc's bankruptcy proceedings, Pang had signaled her intention to book shows into the venue.
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