Site of classic UK-Duke clash demolished
Not that Kentuckians have a lack of compassion for the state of Pennsylvania, but many will be glad to hear that the Philadelphia arena was demolished today.
The city mourned the building’s demise, which served as home for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia 76ers for many decades. Julius “Doctor J” Erving played there and Michael Jordan once scored an arena-record 52 points in 1988 as a member of the Chicago Bulls.
Elvis, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones performed concerts in the venue.
The building also was the site of the 1992 East Regional Finals between Kentucky and Duke, which the Blue Devils won on Christian Laettner’s last-second shot in the Cats’ return to the NCAA Tournament following probation. The game is considered one of the greatest games in college history.
The contest also was the final call the late Cawood Ledford, the voice of the Wildcats for more than three decades.