Project History

The dream of a national home for squash has been envisioned for decades. The US Squash partnership with Drexel University—beginning with the hosting of the 2011 U.S. Open—laid the groundwork for potential use of the Philadelphia 33rd St Armory, which Drexel had been using as a multi-purpose student activity space beginning in 2008.

The creation of the Specter Center will add to the rich history amassed by the Armory since its construction in 1916.  For nearly a century, it primarily served as a home for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 103rd Engineer Battalion, which can trace its history to Ben Franklin’s call in the 1740s for Philadelphians to unite for their common defense.