Spectrum hosts final NBA game tonight

March 13, 2009 3:57:04 PM PDT
Philadelphia's Spectrum is hosting its final big league game after more than four decades of hockey and basketball drama and concert thrills.

The 76ers host the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. But first the crowd will get a chance to cheer Julius Erving and other members of the Sixers' 1982-83 NBA championship team being introduced before the game.

The Spectrum opened in 1967 as home of the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Flyers won their first Stanley Cup championship there in 1974.

The arena also rocked to countless concerts including a 95-minute show by The Doors that was later released as an album, and 53 Grateful Dead extravaganzas. The Spectrum is being demolished later this year to make way for a new hotel, entertainment and retail complex.

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