Saturday, April 11, 2009
The Last Hockey Game Has Been Played At The Spectrum....Or Has It?
The historic Spectrum (now known as the Wachovia Spectrum, but I refuse to add a corporate sponsor to the name of America's Showplace), now home to the AHL Philadelphia Phantoms and other minor league and minor sport teams, played host to it's last regular season hockey game. But something truly amazing happened last night. The Norfolk Admirals beat the Binghamton Senators and the Phantoms beat the Hershey Bears 5-2. And that means only one thing, the Philadelphia Phantoms have clinched a playoff spot!
The crowd last night was sold out, with 17,380 fans jam packing the Spectrum, and to put that in perspective, in the Phantoms 13-year history, they have only sold out the Spectrum a total of 21 times! The banner documenting the final game at the Spectrum may have been hung last night, but the Spectrum will live to see more hockey.
I'll be keeping close tabs on the Phantoms and the Spectrum.