Philadelphia Flyers fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the free “Remember the Spectrum Block Party” before the Flyers take on the Carolina Hurricanes for the first of two final farewell Flyers games at the Wachovia Spectrum on Saturday, September 27. The block party will take place outside of the Wachovia Spectrum starting at 11 a.m. (puck drop is 1 p.m.).
Fans are reminded that the sold out Phillies vs. Nationals game will now start at 3:55 p.m. to accommodate a national telecast (originally scheduled for 7:05 p.m.). Temple football will also be in action starting at 2 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field.
A limited amount of tickets to Saturday’s game are available via ComcastTIX. Fans can also obtain tickets to this game by purchasing a full or power play package during an open house at the Wachovia Center on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The “Remember the Spectrum Block Party” will feature “The World’s Fastest Painter” Rock Demarco as he demonstrates his amazing skills live onsite for fans to enjoy. Demarco’s work will feature Flyers icons and will be available for sale at the game. The block party will also feature live entertainment, interactive games and more. Below is the schedule of events:
11 FLYERS CAPTAINS TO BE AT SPECTRUM GAME
Eleven of the 15 former captains in Flyers history will return for ceremonies before the team's exhibition game against Carolina at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wachovia Spectrum, the site of the Flyers' first Stanley Cup championship, in 1974.
Lou Angotti (1967-68), Ed Van Impe (1968-73), Bob Clarke (1973-79, 1982-84), Mel Bridgman (1979-81), Bill Barber (1981-82), Dave Poulin (1984-89), Ron Sutter (1989-91), Kevin Dineen (1993-94), Eric Desjardins (2000-01), Keith Primeau (2001-06) and Derian Hatcher (2006-07) are the former captains who are able to attend.
The Spectrum, which opened in 1967, will be demolished next year.
Now it's Gagne's turn.
Having suffered concussions on three separate occasions last season, the Flyers sniper hopes to make his exhibition debut tomorrow when the Flyers host the Carolina Hurricanes.
Gagne admits he will have butterflies. Once the puck drops, those likely will go away. Then it will be time for him to go out and test himself, preferably courtesy of a big hit.
That's right. A big hit. Like the one administered by the Florida Panthers' Jay Bouwmeester last Oct. 24 that left Gagne with his bell rung, a condition that would recur two more times over the course of the season.
"I'm confident everything will be okay," Gagne said. "But until I get hit, well ..."