The Philadelphia Spectrum - the former longtime home of the NBA's 76ers and the NHL's Flyers that is slated for demolition beginning Monday - will open its doors on Saturday to anyone wanting to haul away souvenirs. A $25 admission fee to the event, simply dubbed "If You Can Carry It, You Can Keep It," will include a commemorative Spectrum crystal and just about anything else paid attendees can, well, carry. Items are first-come, first-served and include folding chairs, used televisions, some office furniture, couches and computer equipment. The number of chairs per person is limited to four, warns the Philadelphia Daily News, and tools and handcarts are prohibited.
The Spectrum opened Sept. 30, 1967, and closed Oct. 31, 2009, after a four-night stand by Pearl Jam. Philly Live!, a new retail, dining and entertainment district, is expected to open on the former Spectrum site in time for the start of the 2012 baseball season, officials say. For a final video tour of the Spectrum with Peter Luukko, president and chief operating officer of Comcast-Spectacor, owner of the 76ers, Flyers and Wells Fargo Center, click here.
In 2007, a private firm sold via online auction several fixtures from Detroit's Tiger Stadium before it was demolished. Back then, a home dugout urinal went for upwards of $700 - making the Spectrum' s sale look like the deal of the year for sports-venue souvenir hunters.