Philadelphia, PA (September 29, 2009) – Comcast SportsNet, the leader in regional sports, celebrates the history of the Spectrum, the legendary arena slated to close at the end of October, with "Building A Memory." The hour-long documentary is the result of over 200 hours of interviews and is told by the people that called the Spectrum home. "Building A Memory" will debut on Comcast SportsNet on Monday, October 5 at 9 p.m.
When Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider declared, "This will be the final year of the Spectrum," Comcast SportsNet immediately began culling through file footage to document the 42-year history of the Spectrum and compiling a "must interview" list.
Some of the memorable names interviewed for "Building A Memory" include Snider, former Flyers players Bob Clarke, Bernie Parent, Tim Kerr, and General Manager Keith Allen; former 76ers Charles Barkley, Julius Erving, and Gerald Henderson; college basketball legends Mike Krzyzweski, and Christian Laettner; plus music promoter Larry Magid and entertainer Billy Joel.
"Building A Memory" was produced by Comcast SportsNet's Emmy-Award winning Executive Producer Brad Nau. According to Nau, "The story is told by the people involved – the performers, the athletes, the fans, and the employees – who share their thoughts about the Spectrum."
"The Spectrum is a very special place for so many millions of people," said Snider. "'Building A Memory' highlights the great events, the terrific people and the wonderful memories that the Spectrum created for me and everyone who has ever attended an event there over the past 42 years. I'd also like to commend Brad Nau who gave so tirelessly of his time to produce this great show."
The Spectrum opened on September 30, 1967, with the Quaker City Jazz Festival. After nearly 40 seasons of Philadelphia Flyers hockey and Philadelphia 76ers basketball, the Spectrum gave way to the Wachovia Center in l996. The two teams moved to their new home, paving the way for a minor league hockey team, the Philadelphia Phantoms, and a new indoor soccer team, the Philadelphia Kixx, to call the Spectrum "home."
Pearl Jam will have the distinction of being the final act to play the Spectrum when they perform four shows at the end of October as part of the Final Farewell Concert Series at the Spectrum. In addition to Pearl Jam's final four shows at the Spectrum, the Final Farewell Concert Series also features Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Maxwell, Leonard Cohen, and Daryl Hall and John Oates performing with Todd Rundgren and the Hooters.
"Building A Memory" will air on Comcast SportsNet on Monday, October 5 at 9 p.m.; Wednesday, October 7 at 9 p.m.; Friday, October 9 at 4 p.m.; Tuesday, October 13 at 9 p.m.; and Thursday, October 15 at 4 p.m. The program will also air on The Comcast Network on Monday, October 12 at 10:30 p.m.; Tuesday, October 13 at 7 p.m.; Thursday, October 15 at 10 p.m.; and Wednesday, October 21 at 10 p.m.