Residents of Voorhees have something to celebrate. The new owners of the Coliseum have decided to preserve it and modernize the facility, instead of demolishing it.
Omar Wellington, an owner and spokesperson for the new facility, has indicated that he plans to seek Planning Board approval for the finishing stages of the redevelopment project on March 12, renaming it the “Nexxt Level Coliseum” along the way.
The Coliseum, located at 333 Preston Road, is currently being partially used as Nexxt Level Sport Facility. The building itself has a storied past. The Coliseum was built on land purchased from Abbott Dairy, and then built in 1968.
The facility was the practice arena for the Philadelphia Flyers. 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.
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.
Wellington and his crew at Nexxt Level Sports purchased the property with a distinct vision in mind, not only to restore the property, but preserve some of the original Flyers facilities.
“When we came here, it was a nightmare. We fixed it up,” Wellington said.
The Coliseum has served the township for many years, offering multiple sports and training areas, and travel sports teams under the direction of Wellington.
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Originally posted in the Voorhees Sun on 03/11/14. Click here to read the original article.