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June 24, 1999 | By Chani Katzen, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
On rainy afternoons, children may soon have a dry place to kick around a soccer ball, pass a puck and just keep out of their parents' hair, township officials say. Last week, the township zoning board approved a plan to build a 44,730-square-foot sports arena on a three-acre lot in the Lawrence Park industrial site on Parkway Road. The site already has two recreational centers - Kehler's Gymnastics and Kids Fun Factory, and the RBI Baseball Academy. "This whole area will be incorporated for kids," said the developer, Anthony Patrone of Robert Antonini Associates.
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June 10, 1991 | By Glen Macnow, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer staff writers Thomas Turcol, Robert Zausner and S.A. Paolantonio contributed to this story
The deal that was almost done a dozen times, that took 30 months to complete and millions to negotiate, that drew the attentions of two states, three governors, two mayors, fistfuls of lawyers and gaggles of bureaucrats, is done. Really done this time. Gov. Casey, Mayor Goode and Edward M. Snider, founder of Spectacor, will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. today to announce that agreement has been reached to build a swank 21,000-seat sports arena in South Philadelphia. The deal ensures that the Flyers and 76ers will stay in Philadelphia and puts an end to their threat to move to Camden.
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June 27, 1991 | By Thomas Turcol and Laurie Hollman, Inquirer Staff Writers Inquirer staff writer Idris M. Diaz contributed to this article
Though it poses some problems, the construction of a $100 million sports arena in South Philadelphia means too much money for too many people to pass up. That was the overriding sentiment yesterday as the city's business and labor interests urged City Council to approve the project, which would replace the Spectrum and keep the 76ers and Flyers in town for three more decades. The project "will lead to jobs and contracts for the people of Philadelphia," declared Emma C. Chappell, chief executive officer of United Bank of Philadelphia, which is scheduled to open this fall.
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May 30, 1991 | By S. A. Paolantonio, Dan Meyers and Glen Macnow, Inquirer Staff Writers
Suddenly yesterday the sports-arena deal became a political big deal. Both Edward G. Rendell and Frank L. Rizzo questioned the use of city tax dollars for a new sports complex for the 76ers and the Flyers. Since they are the Democratic and Republican nominees for mayor, that could put a cloud over the lame-duck Goode administration's delicate negotiations to keep the teams in town. Rendell, who in 1989 helped broker initial talks between Goode and the teams' owners when they threatened to move to New Jersey, suggested he opposed using tax money to build a parking garage next to the proposed arena.
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July 23, 1999 | CHARLES FOX / Inquirer Staff Photographer
Promise Keepers, the evangelical Christian men's movement, is holding a mass gathering at the First Union Spectrum tonight and tomorrow. To prepare, volunteers such as Rose Opp blessed the arena by praying over each seat and reading Bible passages. "The concept is to take this sports arena and sanctify it as a place for worship, a sanctuary," said Promise Keepers spokesman Steve Chavis.
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May 23, 1991 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes, Special to The Inquirer
The first step toward a state-funded convention center and sports arena in Camden or Gloucester County would be taken if the state Senate approves a bill sponsored by two local legislators. The legislation, proposed by Assemblywoman Ann Mullen (D., Camden) and Assemblyman Anthony Marsella (D., Gloucester County), calls for a study to determine what areas in the two counties would be suitable for the complex. The measure has passed the Assembly. Marsella said the feasibility study would be conducted by the Camden and Gloucester County Development Authorities and would determine how the convention center and sports arena could benefit both counties.
NEWS
November 3, 1995
A win-win-win situation is rare anywhere, but particularly in poverty- plagued North Central Philadelphia. Yesterday's resolution of the impasse over Temple University's Apollo arena complex is just that - and the victors are Temple, its neighbors and the entire city. The $85 million project, which comprises a sports arena, movie theater, retail stores and parking lot, was snagged for almost a year over one issue: control of a $5 million housing fund for 500 homes around the site.
SPORTS
August 24, 2012
The NBA's Sacramento Kings, unhappy with their situation in California, may be headed to Virginia Beach, according to a report in the business journal, Inside Business. Officials from Comcast-Spectacor have proposed moving the team to Virginia Beach and for Comcast to help build and lease a new pro sports arena, according to the report . The Kings have tried but been unsuccessful in building a new arena in Sacramento. How the move would affect scheduling and conference alignment in the NBA is not known.
NEWS
June 29, 2001 | By Suzette Parmley INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Speaker Jack Collins said yesterday that he would call a special session of the Assembly to vote on making a Newark arena a reality, indicating that he was confident that South Jersey causes dear to him would be funded in the bargain. Collins (R., Salem) had withheld his support for the sports arena until political leaders factored something in for South Jersey. The backing of Collins is considered critical in the years-long effort to build a world-class stadium in Newark, a North Jersey city that is undergoing a revitalization.
SPORTS
June 29, 2011
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell writes a weekly sports column for the Daily News from a fan's perspective. His column appears Wednesdays. ED SNIDER might not be the easiest guy to love - he's too rich, too handsome, too self-assured, too stubborn, too Republican (although he has been a significant contributor to my campaigns) and too well-dressed (I usually hate guys like Ed who look so good in clothes, as I usually look like a mess). But virtually all Philadelphia sports fans, especially hockey stalwarts, should love him for what he has done.
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September 14, 2012
Outlet: NBC Sports Arena at XFINITY Live! We were there: 6:14 p.m. (pre-game). We waited: No wait to be seated. We ordered: NBC wings; garlic-studded roast pork sandwich. Cost : $19. Update: The last time Phooderick the Great trucked across Pattison Avenue to the food-and-drink court known as XFINITY Live!, things didn't go so well, thanks to a miserable experience at the PBR Bar & Grill. There is far better news to report this time. Here's why: The NBC Sports Arena (now there's a name to set the taste buds pulsing)
SPORTS
August 24, 2012
The NBA's Sacramento Kings, unhappy with their situation in California, may be headed to Virginia Beach, according to a report in the business journal, Inside Business. Officials from Comcast-Spectacor have proposed moving the team to Virginia Beach and for Comcast to help build and lease a new pro sports arena, according to the report . The Kings have tried but been unsuccessful in building a new arena in Sacramento. How the move would affect scheduling and conference alignment in the NBA is not known.
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March 28, 2012 | Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Got tickets for Bruce Springsteen's concerts at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday and Thursday? They'll get you into Xfinity Live Philadelphia before and after the shows, too - a sneak preview of the $60 million entertainment and restaurant venue in advance of its official opening Friday. Its developers call Xfinity Live the "fourth stadium experience" - a wave of sight, sound, and smell including a 32-foot-long Sony LED high-definition television, a phalanx of smaller monitors, and the aroma of dishes emanating from diverse eateries coming together at the heart of the city's stadium complex.
SPORTS
June 29, 2011
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell writes a weekly sports column for the Daily News from a fan's perspective. His column appears Wednesdays. ED SNIDER might not be the easiest guy to love - he's too rich, too handsome, too self-assured, too stubborn, too Republican (although he has been a significant contributor to my campaigns) and too well-dressed (I usually hate guys like Ed who look so good in clothes, as I usually look like a mess). But virtually all Philadelphia sports fans, especially hockey stalwarts, should love him for what he has done.
SPORTS
June 13, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
To get a true gauge of the competitive nature of Eastern's Genevieve Okoro, one only has to talk to those who coach her in her so-called "other" sports. Okoro, the two-time Inquirer South Jersey basketball player of the year, will attend Richmond on a basketball scholarship. When she is involved in any other activity, she treats it as the most important. Take track, for instance, where this season she won the state Group 4 title in the triple jump and set a school record with her leap of 39 feet, 3 inches.
NEWS
June 12, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To get a true gauge of the competitive nature of Eastern's Genevieve Okoro, one only has to talk to those who coach her in her so-called "other" sports. Okoro, the two-time Inquirer South Jersey basketball player of the year, will attend Richmond on a basketball scholarship. When she is involved in any other activity, she treats it as the most important. Take track, for instance, where this season she won the state Group 4 title in the triple jump and set a school record with her leap of 39 feet, 3 inches.
NEWS
July 16, 2008 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
What's the best concert you ever saw? I get asked that with some frequency. And I've got an answer at the ready: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Dec. 9, 1980. At the Spectrum. At the time, the reasons didn't have much to do with the setting. It was just another sports arena, a cavernous, concrete slab of a building shaped like a giant tuna can that, besides being the home of the Sixers and Flyers, became the iconic venue in Philadelphia for bands that could pull in close to 20,000 people a night.
SPORTS
March 28, 2008 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Eamon Sullivan broke the world record in the 50-meter freestyle, and Olympic teammate Libby Trickett did the same over 100 meters yesterday during the Australian swimming championships in Sydney. It was the third time in six weeks that the men's 50 record was lowered, after Alexander Popov's mark had stood for nearly eight years. Sullivan, competing in a 50 semifinal, finished in 21.41 seconds to break the mark of 21.50 established by France's Alain Bernard in the European championships last weekend.
NEWS
September 24, 2003 | By Robert Strauss FOR THE INQUIRER
You go to a big sports or entertainment event, and you look down at the front row and say, "Geez, how did they get those seats?" But maybe the folks in the front row are looking up at the luxury box and saying, "Wow! And they get waitress service. " Then again, perhaps the luxury-box guy is looking wistfully at you, thinking, "If only I didn't have to entertain these clients. I loved the game better when I was a kid sitting in the boondocks. " What the best seat is can be quite a fluid idea.
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July 1, 2002 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Though the order of the day was to meet a midnight deadline to pass Gov. McGreevey's $23.4 billion budget, the deal-making that dominated the agenda yesterday was focused on whose town was going to get what arena. Lawmakers spent more than six hours behind closed doors trying to slip in funding for a sports arena in downtown Newark - an eleventh-hour effort that appeared to be up in the air last night. Their tactic? Bargaining for ways to amend the arena bill to include more towns whose legislators carried critical votes.
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