Spectrum demolition, party set for Nov. 23

The public is invited to watch the demolition of the Spectrum.

The wrecking ball begins its work Nov. 23 at noon. A block party with hot dogs and soda, selling for a buck each, is scheduled along with a free viewing party and hourlong ceremony.

"The Spectrum will always be a special place for so many people," said Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider. "And, while the bricks and mortar may soon be gone, the memories will live with us forever. The Spectrum has meant so much to me, personally, and while it is a very sad moment, I reflect back on all of the terrific memories and excitement that the Spectrum brought to millions of people. It really gives me a thrill to have been a part of that."

Scheduled to attend the demolition ceremony are former Flyers Bernie Parent and Bob Clarke and former 76er Julius "Doctor J" Erving.

Snider will signal the wrecking ball, to be operated by Geppert Bros. Inc., of Colmar, Pa., as it strikes the 43-year-old former home of the Flyers and Sixers.

The demolition of the Spectrum signifies the start of phase one of the construction of Philly Live, a new retail, restaurant and entertainment district.

"Philly Live will be a terrific place for fans to gather before, during and after events, as well as a much-needed destination for this part of the region on non-event days," said Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko. "With demolition signaling the start of Philly Live, we expect to break ground on the project in the spring and open for business by the spring of 2012."