So the Spectrum will go bye bye tomorrow, and that makes me sad. I won't go into all of the sappy sentiment that folks do when an old venue is destroyed or decommissioned (if the Montreal Forum can be turned into a mall then nothing's sacred), but I think it safe to say that the folks here know just how much that place meant.
What it had--I speak now of the spirit--you can't explicitly create or later hope to recreate...it just happens. Eventually it becomes part of the character. So for right now I'll recall warmly randomness: the cramped concourse at intermission, the incredibly hip wall of photos so varied in subject as Sinatra, Globetrotters, Bernie Parent, and circus clowns in the tiny box office, and how the lights would go dark as a game began.
I'm going to open up the comments to all below. Feel free to share any memories you have from America's Showplace.
Oh, and here's an awesome 1024 X 768 MS Paint Wallpaper for you of some of the greatest moments in Spectrum history: