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The Spectrum, formerly known as the CoreStates Spectrum (1994–1998), First Union Spectrum (1998–2003), and Wachovia Spectrum (2003–2009) was an indoor arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Opened in the fall of 1967 as part of what is now known as the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, after several expansions of its seating capacity it eventually accommodated 18,136 for basketball and 17,380 for ice hockey, arena football, indoor soccer, and indoor lacrosse.

The Spectrum was demolished between November, 2010, and April, 2011, a little more than a year after the arena's final event (a concert) took place on October 31, 2009.

Professional wrestling

Professional wrestling exhibitions promoted by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) were performed at the Spectrum on a regular basis during the 1980s and 1990s. As were the Flyers and 76ers games, many of these performances were telecast live by PRISM, a regional sports and movies cable channel with its production and broadcast facilities physically located in the Spectrum from its founding in September 1976, until it ceased operations on October 1, 1997. (On that date PRISM was replaced by Comcast SportsNet located in the CoreStates Center.) Among the major WWF events which the building hosted were SummerSlam in 1990, King of the Ring in 1995, and various other live shows featuring performers such as Hulk Hogan and others. After the WWF moved their shows away from the Spectrum, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) promoted their Philadelphia-based shows there until the company was bought by the WWE in 2001.


Date Event Attendance
August 27, 1990SummerSlam19,304
June 25, 1995King of the Ring16,590

Television Programs

Date Event Attendance
April 14, 1997 WCW Monday Nitro -
November 3, 1997 WCW Monday Nitro -
March 2, 1998 WCW Monday Nitro -
June 18, 1998 WCW Thunder -
October 18, 1999 WCW Monday Nitro -
February 16, 2000WCW Thunder5,586
February 26, 2000 WCW Worldwide -

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