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Philadelphia Spectrum goes under the wrecking ball

Moses Malone and Julius Erving watch the game

1985: Moses Malone #2 (left) and Julius Erving #6 of the Philadelphia 76ers sit on the bench during the 1985-1986 NBA season. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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It was where Dr. J soared, where Charles Barkley banged and balled, where the fans were close and let the players know it. From both teams. It’s where the Philadelphia Flyers pummeled everyone they could, where more concerts took place than can be remembered.

And now, the Philadelphia Spectrum is no more.

Today a wrecking ball started taking the grand old lady down, as they talked about at the 700 level. It was bittersweet — in the world of today’s team and stadium economics it was outdated, but it was still filled with so many memories of so many generations that it was a little sad to see it go.’

But go it did. Fortunately the memories remain.