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Erving To Be On Hand For Spectrum Demolition Later This Month

Comcast-Spectacor will host a free, open-to-the-public viewing party and block party for the demolition of the Spectrum Nov. 23 at 12:00pm ET. Former Flyers Bernie Parent and Bob Clarke and Basketball HOFer Julius Erving will attend the event, and the company will sell limited-edition Spectrum souvenirs during the one-hour wrecking ball ceremony (Comcast-Spectacor).

MAKING PLANS: In Pittsburgh, Mark Belko notes Pittsburgh Planning Commission members yesterday “got their first glimpse of plans” for the Civic Arena site after the venue is “razed to make way for a Penguins-led redevelopment.” Oxford Development Co. Development Manager Ben Kelley said that the 3.1-acre site “would be graded and seeded and that parking lots east and west of the arena would be retained.” He added that “grass will grow where hockey players once skated and the area will be open to pedestrians.” But the plans “did little to appease at least one critic of the proposed demolition.” Architect Rob Pfaffmann, who leads a group looking to save the arena, said, “They’re not being transparent about their ultimate intent to put parking on this site” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 11/10).

HONORING THE PAST: ESPN L.A.’s Dave McMenamin cited sources as saying that the Lakers “will unveil a statue honoring” Basketball HOFer Jerry West during NBA All-Star weekend. The statue “will be the fifth to be erected at Staples Center and the third that is Lakers-related, following Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Oscar De La Hoya and broadcaster Chick Hearn” (ESPNLA.com, 11/9).

NOTES: Fordham Univ. announced Monday that its men’s basketball team will play four home games at Izod Center this season (AP, 11/8)….Rosemont, Ill., officials Friday “broke ground on a $6 million professional softball stadium” that will be home to the National Pro Fastpitch Chicago Bandits (SUNTIMES.com, 11/6). 

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