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Vintage Philadelphia Arena T-Shirt
Vintage Philadelphia Arena T-Shirt from www.retrophilly.com

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The legendary old arena opened its doors as the Philadelphia Ice Palace and Auditorium in 1920 at 46th & Market, primarily as an ice rink for the hockey teams of Penn, Princeton and Yale (yes, Yale). In 1925 theater owner Julius Mastbaum bought the complex and renamed it The Arena. There was a series of new owners over the years but one constant was the Arena was a big draw for ice shows, boxing, wrestling, roller derby, basketball, concerts and other large events. Over the years teams such Philadelphia hockey teams as the Ramblers, Comets, Arrows, Quakers and Falcons played on the Arena's ice. The Philadelphia Sphas, Warriors and on occasion 76ers hooped it up there. Boxers such as Lew Tendler, Gene Tunney, Sugar Ray Robinson, Primo Carnera and Joe Frazier fought there. Elvis Presley got fans all shook up at 1957 concert, as did Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and the Doors among others. By the early 1970s the Arena was a rundown relic of another era and was sadly destroyed by arson in 1983. The memories live on thanks to our exclusive Arena tee. Preshrunk 100% ringspun cotton. Color: Old Skool Grey
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