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Frankie
October 7, 2022  (9:29 PM)
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Before the Philadelphia Flyers were at the Virtua Flyers Skate zone in Voorhees, NJ, they held practices about two miles away at the legendary Coliseum.

It was the home of the Flyers in the earlier days. Having a bar in the venue and a spot for the Flyers to just kick back and relax after practice. Something you don't see every day, that's for sure. It was used at one time by such Flyers greats as Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent and Bill Barber during the fabled 1970s «Broadstreet Bullies» era.
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It's also where Flyers former goaltender Pelle Lindbergh was celebrating the night he drove home and had gotten into a serious car accident and sadly did not make it.
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After those famed years in local hockey history, further development to the building and land property had fallen on hard times, after switching from owner to owner
Nexxt Level Sports purchased the property with a distinct vision in mind, not only to restore the property, but preserve some of the original Flyer's facilities.
When we came here, it was a nightmare. We fixed it up. Says Wellington, the owner of Nexxt Level Sports.

The Coliseum had some legal issues at one point, hiring an ex-convict named Charles Cascio, who was the bar manager at that time and hid his ownership interest. The ABC found the Coliseum Club hired Cascio despite his 1981 convictions on fraud and income tax evasion charges, which is a violation of state law.
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The violation was discovered by the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control as part of an investigation prompted by Lindbergh's death on Nov. 10, 1985, division spokesman Bill Pettit said.
Lindbergh, 26, had been at the club celebrating his team's 10th straight victory shortly before he rammed his customized Porsche 911 Turbo into the wall of a Camden County school building. The Swedish goaltender suffered severe injuries and was later declared brain dead. Tests showed his blood alcohol level was 0.24 percent, well above the legal limit of 0.10.
The Coliseum is a place of history. I am making plans to visit the old arena and get the story behind it with the owner, stay tuned.
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