The Spectrum Arena

The Spectrum Arena

Referenced in: Rocky, Rocky II


The Spectrum Arena
3601 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148-5250

“You wanna go to a basketball game?”

Since 1967, the Spectrum (later called Wachovia Spectrum) opened its doors to thousands of events. From major sporting events to landmarks in entertainment history such as Elvis Presley‘s last live performance and concerts with Luciano Pavarotti and Frank Sinatra, the Spectrum was to Philadelphia as Madison Square Gardens was to New York.

In the films, this arena hosted both of the Balboa vs. Creed boxing matches and for years afterward, also was the real-life home of the famous bronze statue of Rocky which has since been relocated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Sadly, in 2011, the Spectrum was demolished roughly a year after it held it’s final event, a Pearl Jam concert.

In actuality, the interior arena scenes for both of these fights were shot across the country in Los Angeles – the first match was filmed in downtown L.A. at the famed Grand Olympic Auditorium (now defunct, though the building is still there: 1801 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015) which was, in its heyday, also a hot spot for sporting, theatrical and entertainment spectacles.


See what it looks like today in these photos!