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God Bless the Spectrum

God Bless the Spectrum

160 pages of Spectrum memories by the Philadelphia Daily News and its partner, Comcast-Spectacor.

The Spectrum.

To some, it was home of The Seat You’ll Never Sit In. To others, The House That Rock Built.

To just about anybody who lived or worked in the Philadelphia area from 1967 until today, it was a building that evokes personal memories, of very special events.

The Philadelphia Daily News and its partner, Comcast-Spectacor, set out to capture those memories in a special keepsake book, “God Bless the Spectrum.”

With special stories and memorable photo after memorable photo, it’s all there in this must-have book.

The Flyers. The Sixers. The concerts. Monster trucks. Boxing, wrestling, you name it.

OK, we’ll name names. Bob Clarke, Bernie Parent, Dr. J, Wilt, Sir Charles, The Boss, The Chairman of the Board, The King, Diana Ross, The Grateful Dead, Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, Bruno Sammartino, Bob Knight, Christian Laettner, Smokin’ Joe Frazier . . . they all are in there and more. Don’t miss it.

sneak peak of "God Bless the Spectrum"
flyers
A day to remember for Flyers

Ed Moran: Nothing that happened on the last opening Saturday, when the Flyers paid tribute to the Spectrum, equaled any of the building's biggest moments. But by itself it was a day to remember.

View photos of Flyers last game at the Spectrum »

sixers
Forever young, inside the old Spectrum

Sam Donnellon: One of two things happen when you go back to a place you once called home. You become disoriented quickly, or move about as if no time elapsed at all. Bobby Jones lost 25 years.

View photos from the Sixers last game at the Spectrum »

music

Dan DeLuca: What's the best concert you ever saw? I get asked that with some frequency. And I've got an answer at the ready: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Dec. 9, 1980. At the Spectrum.

View music photos »

college hoops
Parting gift for Spectrum: 'Nova wins

Mike Kern: It would've been fitting that the last college basketball game at the Spectrum ended in a court-storming. Had security allowed it.

View photos from the 'Nova - Pitt game »

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