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Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the country, with a population of more than 1.5 million, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States, founded in 1682. Thus, the city is a popular destination for lovers of history and those who crave a wide variety of entertainment options in a bustling metropolis.

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • 2017 NFL Draft, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • 2017-2020 & 2022 Army-Navy Game, Lincoln Financial Field
  • 2019,2020, and 2022 Army-Navy Game, Lincoln Financial Field
  • 2018-2024 Northeast Qualifier (Volleyball), Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • 2019 & 2020 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships, Lincoln Financial Field
  • 2020-2024 Northeast Qualifier
  • 2020 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships
  • 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regionals, Wells Fargo Center
  • 2026 MLB All Star Game

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  • PR/Media Assistance
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  • Site Visits
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Lodging Services
  • Welcome Bags/Gifts
  • Itinerary Development
  • Event Planning Assistance

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Lincoln Financial Field

Lincoln Financial Field

Home of the Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field is also the stadium where the Temple Owls football team competes. With a seating capacity of 69,176, “The Linc” plays host to eight regular-season Eagles games per year, and serves as the home of the classic Army-Navy Game and a number of NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships. The Linc has also entertained many international soccer matches, including the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Gold Cup, Copa America and U.S. Men’s National Team competitions. Numerous concerts have also taken place at the stadium, including shows by Bruce Springsteen, Fall Out Boy, Kenny Chesney, U2, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, One Direction and Beyonce. The stadium opened in 2003 and contains 172 luxury suites.

Sports: Football, soccer, lacrosse

Wells Fargo Center

Wells Fargo Arena

This multi-purpose indoor arena is the home of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers and the National Basketball Association’s Philadelphia 76ers. The arena is a part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, which also includes Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park and Xfinity Live! Completed in 1996 at a cost of $210 million, the Wells Fargo Center seats 20,478. The arena has been the site of numerous national events, including the NCAA Men’s Basketball Regionals, NCAA Wrestling Championships, NCAA Frozen Four, the World Cup of Hockey and much more.

Sports: Basketball, hockey, wrestling

Talen Energy Stadium

Talen Energy Stadium

A soccer-specific stadium located outside Philadelphia, Talen Energy Stadium is the home stadium of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union. It opened in 2010 at a cost of $120 million and resides on Chester’s waterfront along the Delaware River. The stadium has played host to the MLS All-Star Game, quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship, the annual Collegiate Rugby Championships and international rugby matches including the US Men’s National Team and the world-famous New Zealand All Blacks.

Sports: Soccer, Lacrosse, rugby football, Ultimate Frisbee

Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park is the home park of Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies. Opened in 2004, the park contains 43,305 seats and contains a slew of distinguishing features, including an Ashburn Alley and All-Star Walk, which pays tribute to Phillies players that have played in the MLB All-Star Game.  In 2012, the stadium hosted the NHL’s Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, as well as a number of concerts, runs and other events.

Sports: Baseball, hockey

Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania

Franklin Field

This historic stadium is longtime home to the Penn Relays, the world’s oldest and largest relay meet, and is the University of Pennsylvania’s stadium for football, track and field and lacrosse. Franklin Field has been declared by the NCAA the oldest stadium still operating for football and was the site of the nation’s first scoreboard in 1895, as well as the nation’s first stadium with an upper deck in 1922.  The stadium is also former home to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Army-Navy Game and numerous other events including the NCAA Field Hockey Championships.  Its current capacity is 52,958.

Sports: Football, track and field, lacrosse

Liacouras Center

Liacouras Center

This 10,200-seat multipurpose venue opened in 1997 and was originally named “The Apollo of Temple.” The Temple men’s basketball team plays its home games in the arena, which is Philadelphia’s largest indoor venue north of City Hall. The complex is also a full-entertainment arena that features boxing matches, concerts, family shows and Philly Roller Derby bouts. The venue also houses the Independence Blue Cross Recreation Center, which includes a gym, basketball court and racquetball courts.

Sports: Basketball, boxing, roller derby

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Pennslyvania Con. Center

Located in the heart of the City of Philadelphia — both geographically and culturally — the Convention Center offers more than 11,000 hotel rooms within a 15-minute walk and boasts famed landmarks within short walks of the facility, including Independence Hall in America’s most historic square mile. Attached to the facility is the culinary melting pot known as Reading Terminal Market.

Expansion in 2011 increased the center’s capacity by nearly 60 percent, making it one of the largest facilities in the country. It also boasts the largest ballroom in the Northeast.  The Center hosts the Northeast Qualifier volleyball championship annually, which includes 10,000 young women playing over two weekends, as well as conventions including the United Soccer Coaches, US Lacrosse and National Athletic Trainers, among many others.

Sports: Volleyball, boxing, auto show

Things to do in Philadelphia

Visitors to Philadelphia’s Historic District will experience a wealth of captivating experiences. The district includes some of the nation’s most important monuments and attractions, including the Liberty Bell, where travelers can enjoy an up-close view of the famously cracked relic; Independence Hall, the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; and the National Constitution Center, which brings the Constitution to life by hosting interactive exhibits. The Historic District is also home to Philadelphia-themed mini-golf, a world-class waterfront park and delicious food. The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses a world-renowned collection of art in a landmark building and is one of the most visited museums in the world. It also is known as the home of the famous Rocky statue and the Rocky Steps, 72 stone steps Sylvester Stallone triumphantly ascended in the film Rocky. Once at the top of the steps, sightseers can enjoy the picturesque view of Eakins Oval, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Philadelphia City Hall.

Just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art resides Boathouse Row, where 19th-century boathouses line the Schuylkill River. Boathouse Row features a series of historic structures, including Fairmount Park’s recreation center and Lloyd Hall. At night, these buildings are illuminated, offering one of the city’s most majestic views. After building up an appetite, pay a visit to the Reading Terminal Market, one of America’s largest and oldest public markets. Housed since 1893 in a National Historic Landmark building, the market offers an impressive selection of locally grown and exotic produce, locally sourced meats and poultry, plus the finest seafood, cheeses, baked goods and confections. The market also offers one of the widest variety of restaurants under one roof. Science lovers can enjoy a trip to the Franklin Institute, which doubles as a science museum and the center of science education and research in Philadelphia.

Planner Perspective

Best draft experience ever. The standard has been set for every future draft city to try and match.

ESPN -2017 NFL Draft: Trey Wingo

Philadelphia served as a phenomenal host for the 2017 NFL Draft and created a memorable experience for our fans, incoming players, and teams. We are grateful to Mayor Kenney, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, and all of our partners for helping make the event a resounding success.

NFL Senior Vice President of Events: Peter O’Reilly

When we went through the process of soliciting bids, the template for comparison was Philadelphia. … They have delivered time after time after time. They have never fallen short.

U.S. Naval Academy: Chet Gladchuk (Director of Athletics)

How to Get to Philadelphia

By Car: Philadelphia is connected to several major highways including the PA Turnpike (I-276), I-76, I-476, I-95, U.S. 1 and the New Jersey Turnpike.

By Air: The Philadelphia International Airport is approximately seven miles from Center City and offers frequent service for more than 25 major airlines.

Contact Information

Company Name: PHL SPORTS

Sports Sales Manager: Brea Webster Stanko

Title: Director of Business Development & Sports Marketing

Telephone: 215-636-3319