The Spectrum was more than just an indoor sports arena.
Since 1967, the drab, oval-shaped building on South Broad Street hosted some of the best events Philadelphia could offer - rock concerts, ice shows, the circus.
One of the best things about the Spectrum was its unadorned name. Today, we have mouthfuls such as Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, and the Wachovia, er, Wells Fargo Center.
But even when it had corporate sponsors - Core States, First Union, Wachovia - people just called it the Spectrum, an indication that the arena belonged to the people, not a bank.
Countless people saw their first Springsteen concert at the Spectrum. Supertramp, 1979? It was an awesome concert. Of course, no one used the word "awesome" that way back then. But it was.