CONVENTION CENTER

"The Nation's Most Historic Arena"
Former names Municipal Auditorium
Philadelphia Convention Hall
Location 3400 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

Opened 1931
Closed 1996
Demolished 2005
Construction cost $5,300,000
Architect Philip H. Johnson
Capacity Basketball: 9,600

Tenants
University of Pennsylvania Quakers (1944)
Philadelphia Warriors (1952–1962)
Philadelphia 76ers (1963–1967)
Philadelphia Blazers (1972–1973)
Philadelphia Firebirds (1974–1979)
La Salle University Explorers (1989–1996)


 

 

 

 

 

he Philadelphia Convention Hall and Civic Center, more commonly known as the Philadelphia Civic Center and the Philadelphia Convention Center, was a complex of five or more buildings evolved out of a series of buildings dedicated to expanding trade which began with the National Export Exhibition in 1899. There were two important buildings on the site. The Commercial Museum, built in 1899, was one of the original exposition buildings. The Municipal Auditorium (Convention Hall), built in 1931, Philip H. Johnson, architect. The site was host to national political conventions in 1900, 1936, 1940 and 1948.

After the building of The Spectrum in South Philadelphia in 1967, the building nearly became obsolete. The building was later used for Atlantic Ten Conference and Big Five basketball games, NWA and WCW professional wrestling events, which included three pay-per-view events: Halloween Havoc in 1989 and 1992 and the 1994 Slamboree event. The Civic Center also hosted the World Hockey Association's Philadelphia Blazers and the minor-league Philadelphia Firebirds hockey teams. The University of Pennsylvania used the building for commencements (due to it being larger than Penn's own basketball arena, the nearby Palestra), as did Drexel University, Temple University, and La Salle University.


Foundations of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine being built after the destruction of the Philadelphia Civic CenterConvention Hall was torn down in 2005, after more than a decade without a regular tenant. The 1996 Atlantic 10 Men's basketball tournament was the last event ever held there (its convention functions were taken over by the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the city's central business district). Afterwards, it served as a soundstage for movies and the TV series Hack starring David Morse. In addition, part of the 1990 movie Rocky V was shot there.