The Harlem Globetrotters will be playing one last spectacular game at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia before the arena torn down.
While the Globetrotters are world famous for their athletic antics, the “Goodbye Spectrum” game will be unlike any other seen—or played—at the arena. On March 3, they’ll be squaring off against the Washington Generals on the venue’s roof!
You’ll need to know someone important to see this legendary game because tickets won’t be made available to the general public. However, students from one elementary school in Philadelphia will get to watch the game through binoculars from the Wachovia Center. The balcony windows there overlook the Spectrum’s roof.
The Globetrotters have played at the Spectrum 72 times since December 1967. With a history like that, they had to the to take it to the court—err, roof—one last time.
“The Spectrum was a highlight of every tour for the Globetrotters for so many years, and we’re honored to come back and pay it our respects in unique Globetrotter fashion,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider.
The Spectrum is getting some help to pull off this high-flying game. Commercial cranes will hoist two regulation basketball supports and other supplies from Modell’s Sporting Goods.
The Spectrum will be torn down later this year to make way for a retail, restaurant and entertainment complex.
– Sonya Eskridge