After nearly a half century of basketball and hockey games and concerts by the top names in rock and pop, the beloved Spectrum will host one final show Tuesday - the tumbling of its walls.
Following speeches at noon by Mayor Nutter and Spectrum officials, a four-ton wrecking ball will pound the facade of the South Philadelphia arena, beginning an exterior demolition expected to take about four months. The gutting of the interior got under way earlier this month.
The public will be able to watch the show - billed as the ceremonial "final blow" - from surrounding parking lots while downing $1 hot dogs and sodas and celebrity-watching. Sports giants Julius Erving of the Sixers and Bob Clarke and Bernie Parent of the Flyers are among those expected to attend.
"The parking lots will be open at 9 a.m. . . . We will have a block party with lots of interactive games for our fans," said Ike Richman, a spokesman for Spectrum owner Comcast-Spectacor. "Souvenirs will be on sale. Our team store will be open. . . . It's lunch time, so come on down."