By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some familiar symbols of Philadelphia sports glory are returning home. The statues that were once outside the Spectrum are back in South Philadelphia.

A crane lowered the Julius Erving statue onto a walkway not far from where he once led the Sixers to a championship.

The sculptures of Gary Dornhoefer scoring a playoff goal, Kate Smith, and Dr. J were taken down in October 2010 to make way for the demolition of the Spectrum.

(Kate Smith awaits her turn to inspire another generation of Philadelphia sports fans. Credit: Mike DeNardo)


Now, they’re out of storage and back at the new entertainment complex on the site.

“We actually have a walkway into Xfinity Live, and the statues are along the way,” says Comcast-Spectacor spokesman Ike Richman.  “So it’s almost like a walk of fame, if you will, into Xfinity Live. And it does almost link the Wells Fargo Center into Xfinity Live.”

The new Xfinity Live opens in two weeks.