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03-01-2012, 01:02 PM
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March 30, what was the old specturm site, is ready to open a new facility.

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http://xfinitylive.com/index.cfm

I wish the spectrum was still around, but a new dining, shopping and facility will open.


probably SPECTRUM GRILL and Bullies will be my 1st 2 choices when it opens.

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I'm pretty sure the Spectrum itself is a parking lot.

This is built on the Spectrum's storage area to the right. Kind of past the point on mourning that building but it kind of makes me made that the site itself is a parking lot.



It's not even close to how big they wanted it to be:

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I'm pretty sure the Spectrum itself is a parking lot.

This is built on the Spectrum's storage area to the right. Kind of past the point on mourning that building but it kind of makes me made that the site itself is a parking lot.



It's not even close to how big they wanted it to be:
Looks great if they went with the bigger design... Any idea why they didnt?

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Looks great if they went with the bigger design... Any idea why they didnt?
The economy went into the toilet.

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The economy went into the toilet.
Does anyone know if there is a chance they expand on it when the economy comes back around?

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i still think they will build the hotel still, probably where the specturm was itself.


but looking at that design, can you imange all the parking pots lost if you have an entire shopping mall from the spectrum are to the Center.

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they also probably need more money, so what they get from the opening of this mini xfinity live building, they will probably use that to build more as time goes on.

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Does anyone know if there is a chance they expand on it when the economy comes back around?
From Ed Snider last spring:

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The multistory bar, which will absorb 50,000 square feet of the 300,000-square-foot site, will be ready to serve customers by the Phillies opener in 2012, he said. As for the rest, of which the centerpiece is to be a luxury hotel, well . . .

"We're still waiting for the economy," the CEO and president of the Flyers and Sixers said.

I read that Philly Live! won't be bigger than McFadden's when it opens. Is McFadden's really THAT big?

The one problem I have with this is that it's just going to be a hotspot for the dummies (yup that's what i think they are) who just tailgate events that they don't have tickets to.

The wait out of the Sports Complex is going to get longer. Not much, but it will

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Would the Phantoms still have been moved if they realized the original Philly Live idea wasn't financially possible?

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Would the Phantoms still have been moved if they realized the original Philly Live idea wasn't financially possible?
I think so. They stated when they made the decsison to level the Spectrum that they were losing with all the renovations they had to do, the awful ticket sales, etc

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I thought what is opening at the end of the month was Phase I... I know the hotel is a possibility to the West of Xfinity Live and the Spectrum footprint will be the parking for the hotel just to its North. I believe, but have no backup source on this, that depending on how Phase I goes and its finances, more may come down the road.

When the Center (nee Spectrum II) was conceived there was to be a linking corridor containing shops and restaurants that were to be used by fans of the two venues as well as patrons when the venues were not in use... This was to be done after the Center was completed and in use. Snider was given a window of time to develop the site by the City but the original plans never materialized as the economy and other circumstances didn't come up favorable... Before the window closed, and before the Spectrum had to have a major refurbishment, Philly Live (now Xfinity Live) was born to use the option... and I believe it is just the beginning, and as Phase I goes, so goes the future.


... And I'm still waiting for one of the gazillion plans for Penn's Landing/Philly Waterfront to get off the ground after all these many decades... Maybe Mayor Nutter should appoint Ed Snider to oversee the project.


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I thought what is opening at the end of he month was Phase I... I know the hotel is a possibility to the West of Xfinity Live and the Spectrum footprint will be the parking for the hotel just to its North. I believe, but have no backup source on this, that depending on how Phase I goes and its finances, more may come down the road.

When the Center (nee Spectrum II) was conceived there was to be a linking corridor containing shops and restaurants that were to be used by fans of the two venues as well as patrons when the venues were not i use... This was to be done after the Center was completed and in use. Snider was given a window of time to develop the site by the City but the original plans never materialized as the economy and other circumstances didn't come up favorable... Before the window closed, and before the Spectrum had to have a major refurbishment, Philly Live (now Xfinity Live) was born to use the option... and I believe it is just the beginning, and as Phase I goes, so goes the future.


... And I'm still waiting for one of the gazillion plans for Penn's Landing/Philly Waterfront to get off the ground after all these many decades... Maybe Mayor Nutter should appoint Ed Snider to oversee the project.
Thanks for the answer! I will be down there before games probably when ever I attend one. It will be nice to sit down and pay a reasonable price for a beer before the game. I am never one to get drunk during the game because I love watching the game and taking it all in. After the game though, it's everything goes when it comes to me drinking!

I also hope they expand and put the mall and Hotel in there, it will help the economy out down there big time. People from southern Jersey and all over can come enjoy the hockey game, shop, drink and then stay over night instead of driving back home.

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Wish i could go down and get beer

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I read that Philly Live! won't be bigger than McFadden's when it opens. Is McFadden's really THAT big?
Look at it and McFadden's from above on Google Earth... The site is deceptive when looking at it from the ground angles, and seems quite a bit larger than I was seeing.

Gauging Xfinity Live on Google Earth and McFadden's around Citizens Bank Park to me seems about equal... Looking inside McFadden's you have to take into account the added section at the far end that is not always used, as well as he kitchen and back areas that we don't see. McFadden's is quite large and I could see it broken down into a few smaller establishments.

Also, again with Google Earth, look at Xfinity Live compared to the Chickie's & Peete's strip mall (including all the other shops) off Broad and Packer... I'd say that it is also on par with that.


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for being an early bird season ticket renewal, i got an invite to a pre game party at xfinity live on sat march 24th. anybody else get this? can't wait to check it out, they say the prices won't be jacked up, but i doubt it.

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got to check it out before the game saturday vs the habs. it's pretty cool, the main screen is huge but the beer prices are the same as being inside the WFC. sure it was nice to have a victory IPA in a real pint glass, but at $7 each i probably won't be back there anytime soon. the hot chicks in the leather chaps and panties at the PBR bar were nice. anybody else check it out?

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got to check it out before the game saturday vs the habs. it's pretty cool, the main screen is huge but the beer prices are the same as being inside the WFC. sure it was nice to have a victory IPA in a real pint glass, but at $7 each i probably won't be back there anytime soon. the hot chicks in the leather chaps and panties at the PBR bar were nice. anybody else check it out?
I too was there (with my son) and was only disappointed by the limited menus... I will be back Wednesday with the wife before the Springsteen concert and hope they have more options from which to select... The prices at the Victory Beer Hall were reduced by 20% off the bottom line before taxes which was nice... but I have to argue with you that my pint of Victory Hop Devil was only $6.00 before reduction/tax which is by far less than a Craft Beer at the WFC... and I saw people with large glass mugs and pitchers which had to cost less per ounce, and which are no available at WFC at any cost.

Granted the prices are above those of local bars... and there may or may not be specials like the $2.00 Lites during the games that are at other places -- but seriously who drinks Lites at a Craft Brew establishment anyway?... You go there for the better beers/ales that are not sold at such cheap price specials -- bu the $6.00 pint for a Craft Brew is on par with the regular prices at places like PJ Whelihan's... and who knows, they may have specials... they are on Opening Night next Friday.

I was also disappoint by no all the places being open... although I fully expected that to be the case... Phillips and Michell & Ness with the Spectrum court flooring and dasher boards being most missed... I did think they did a bang up job though in having what they had ready for these sneak previews.

The building itself was planned out well and seats/hold much more than one would think... and I wondered how the competing band/music would be able to exist at the same time, but they did... and they were blasting loudly without significant conflicting situations... I found PBR to be a little too loud and what I expected to be the case AFTER the game was in fact going full blast before the game-time; Spring Break madness less the Wet Tees and flashing here were Go-Go-ish dancers up on platforms and he guy on the bull was a 'pro' who didn't use his hands to stay on the machine.

I found the Beer Hall music to be too loud to hear the waitress tell me the long list of droughts -- I have Artillery Ears -- that may be because the place was pretty much empty, considering the size of it, since it was early... so the sound was not muffled by the bodies and the echo was great.

I felt a Casino Atmosphere at Xfinity Live... but with a Sports flair... so it was not a bad thing. The NBC Sports Bar was amazing with the giant HD TVs, and will be more amazing with multiple events on various screens-- which was not the case Saturday -- and with local teams games being played for hopped up fans.

I'll check in if anything is different after Wednesday... and I hope there is the 20% discount for the Springsteen crowd also. haha

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BTW: I now understand that the Hotel Phase was been officially scrapped a the present time due to the less than favorable economic situation... So I suppose this is it until it proves to be so profitable that it cries for another phase, or an expansion.

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Looks great if they went with the bigger design... Any idea why they didnt?
Yea, economy. This whole thing was supposed to go up a few years ago right after the Flyers played their last game in the Spectrum against Carolina... back when Richie was getting his C. Spectrum was supposed to go that fall, with the "mall" now known as Philly Live going up immediately after. Economy tanked and they down sized considerably. Truthfully, I don't think this thing is going to be that great... especially with parking restrictions on game-days etc. It'll still do fine because of the asinine prices, and probably pretty well in the spring/summer during baseball season with the outdoor patios... but I don't know. Anyway, cool concept since Philly is one of the cities with all sporting venues in the same location... If this was all closer to downtown it would be extremely lucrative. I just can't see people downtown making the trek down to eat/drink at Philly Live vs just staying local and grabbing cheap brews at a pub watching the game with some friends... Of course, that would change come postseason + huge weekend games. I think it'll do fine but just not as awesome as I had hoped.

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got to check it out before the game saturday vs the habs. it's pretty cool, the main screen is huge but the beer prices are the same as being inside the WFC. sure it was nice to have a victory IPA in a real pint glass, but at $7 each i probably won't be back there anytime soon. the hot chicks in the leather chaps and panties at the PBR bar were nice. anybody else check it out?
Not yet but I plan on it. Hopefully in a couple weeks

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Three words...Victory. Craft. Room.

Can't wait to drop 9 dollars a beer!

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Three words...Victory. Craft. Room.


Can't wait to drop 9 dollars a beer!
Don't know if you read my post, but I paid $6.00 before the discount for a pint of Hop Devil... 33.3% reduction from WTF (not counting tax).

They had a boatload on tap also... Hop Devil was great and I was happy/hoppy hehe

I hope Victory's regular menu is good come 3/30/12 opening.

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Can't wait to drop 9 dollars a beer!
Jeez nine bucks a beer I miss the days when you could get three quarts for a dollar

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Jeez nine bucks a beer I miss the days when you could get three quarts for a dollar
Yuengling six-packs at the Liquor Stores doesn't really go for much less

Seriously I think it's something like $5.25 for Lager or Black and Tan... and their 12 packs go for even cheaper per unit. I don't care for lagers very much but their B&T is a great beer for party and picnic consumption... you can drink it all day and it stays good tasting with little negative effect (drunk-wise) and is dirt cheap.

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Jeez nine bucks a beer I miss the days when you could get three quarts for a dollar
What's the word?!?!... Thunderbird!

What's the price?!?!... Thirty-three Thrice!


(Thunderbird Wine = $0.99 a bottle back in the day )

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