Saturday, June 11, 2011

"The Arena" in Philadelphia - The Last Years as Martin Luther King Arena

For those of you who saw games at The Arena in Philadelphia (and those of us who didn't), follow this link to the "Fun While It Lasted" blog about the last years at the Arena. It's in the early 1980s, way beyond the Philadelphia Ramblers, and the EHL, but interesting history. The team that played there was the CBA Philadelphia Kings, who moved back to Lancaster after one season of averaging about 125 fans a game. The Philadelphia Fox of the Womens Professional Basketball League put up similar attendance numbers at the Philadelphia Civic Center (NAHL's Philadelphia Firebirds played here) the previous season. I had never put 2 and 2 together that Public TV's WHYY studios were at the Arena in the 1970s.

I couldn't help but notice that the guy pictured had a great porn name (Ha, I used the word "porn". That should at least quadruple the number of hits my blog gets. I might hit double figures. But, I digress.) If you're not so much into history, follow the link from whence I borrowed the photo to the Basketbawful Blog . I got a good laugh out of a few of his blogs. You don't need to be a basketball fan (I'm not) to get the humor. That links back to the 10 Dirtiest Names in Sports at the Flumesday blog, although I found that the Sequel - 10 Diritiest Names in Sports to be a better list. Somehow, Dick Duff didn't make either list.

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