Xfinity Live! to feature Clarke/Parent statue

Posted: December 21, 2011

A STATUE of Kate Smith stood outside the Spectrum.

Now, a statue of two Flyers greats will be built where the Spectrum once stood.

The Daily News has learned that a 12-foot statue of the legendary Bob Clarke and Bernie Parent will be part of Xfinity Live!, the new dining and entertainment complex being built at the South Philadelphia sports complex.

The statue will show the two Hall of Famers hoisting the Stanley Cup, which the Flyers won back-to-back in 1974 and '75.

Xfinity Live! is scheduled to open April 5, officials said last week.

The only Flyers player immortalized with a statue outside the Spectrum was Gary Dornhoefer, the Flyers right winger who was the central figure of "Goal!," a piece that commemorates his overtime goal against the Minnesota North Stars in the 1973 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The statues of Smith and Dornhoefer, along with one of Julius Erving, were put in storage when the Spectrum was torn down and are expected to be displayed at Xfinity Live!

Clarke and Parent are among the Flyers greats scheduled to play in the alumni game that is part of the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on Dec. 31.

Fine and dandy

Daily News sports writer Ed Barkowitz did some research and came up with an interesting tidbit concerning the $4,000 fine Barry Bonds recently received for obstruction of justice.

According to, Bonds made $188,245,322 as a player. For the average Joe, who makes $50,000 a year, a $4,000 fine to Bonds is the equivalent of $1.06.

Early X-mas pressent

Motorists traveling on Georgia State Route 400 got a pleasant surprise yesterday.

Manning one of the toll booths was former Hawks star Dominique Wilkins. Seems the Hawks, in an effort to promote their return after the 5-month lockout, decided to pay both the north and southbound tolls from 7 to 9 a.m.

The toll baskets were covered and Hawks cheerleaders handed out schedules to elated motorists.

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