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    The wrecking ball has taken its initial swings at the Spectrum. It’s a reportedly disappointing spectacle. We’re used to massive implosions, right?


    But the folks gathered created a festive atmosphere this morning, featuring dollar hot dogs.  The band Kindred started playing about 10:30, and memorabilia was available for $15.

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    The 43-year-old sports arena in South Philadelphia is coming down to make way for a retail complex. The demolition ends a sell-off of booty from the storied stadium.


    Twenty-five percent of the funds from the Spectrum selloff goes to the Comcast-Spectacor charitable foundation, while the rest will help pay demolition costs. Spectrum officials do not expect the sale to cover the expected $2 million bill for tearing down the arena.


    Check back later for video of the demolition.

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