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Palestra

The Palestra, often called the Cathedral of College Basketball, is a historic arena and the home gym of the University of Pennsylvania Quakers men's and women's basketball teams, volleyball teams, wrestling team, and Philadelphia Big 5 basketball. Located on the University of Pennsylvania campus, The Palestra was given its name by Greek professor Dr. William N. Bates, who felt the name logical because in ancient Greece, young men would compete in a variety of events in a rectangular enclosure attached to the gymnasium to the view of all who would come -- a Palestra. The name was widely accepted by the organizing committee for it fit the specifications: authenticity, dignity, descriptive, and novel. So, in 1927, The Palestra was opened.

How to get there

Take any Regional Rail Line to William H. Gray III 30th Street Station. From there walk West on Market Street to 33rd Street, then turn left and follow 33rd Street to The Palestra (behind Shoemaker Green). Or take Regional Rail to Penn Medicine Station. Head northeast toward South St/S St Bridge, take the stairs, turn left onto South St/S St Bridge, continue to follow South St, turn right onto S 33rd Street.

Fare

There are many ways to get here on SEPTA, there are also many ways to pay. Click here to learn which fare is best for you.

Hours

The Palestra Ticket Office is open on game nights one hour before tip off and is located in the West Lobby. Will Call is located in Hutchinson Gymnasium, adjacent to the Palestra.

Online Ticket Information

Office Hours:Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (excluding University Holidays)

Summer Hours:Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (excluding University Holidays)

Please call the Penn Athletics Ticket Office at (215) 898-6151 for specific event hours and information.

Things To Do

Penn men's and women's basketball games, volleyball and wrestling matches are played at the historic Palestra, the most storied gymnasium in the history of collegiate athletics.

The Palestra has hosted more games and more visiting teams than any other facility.

Upcoming Local Happenings

Summer Wonder Family Zones

Penn Museum

The Penn Museum offers a variety of kid-friendly interactive experiences until 8/18! Take Regional Rail to Penn Medicine Station or Routes 21, 40, or 42, or Trolley Routes 11, 13, 34, and 36 to 37th Street Station. Drexel Station at 30th Street and the 34th Street exit of the Market-Frankford Line are both a short walk to the Penn Museum.

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Garden Jams

Penn Museum

Wednesday nights in July are reserved for open-air concerts at the Penn Museum - showcasing new musicians every week! Take Regional Rail to Penn Medicine Station (it's across the street) or Routes 21, 40 or 42 or Trolley Routes 11, 13, 34 and 36. William H. Gray III 30th Street Station is a short walk to the Penn Museum as is the 34th Street exit of the Market-Frankford Line. Save $2 on admission when you flash your SEPTA Key card!

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University City Dining Days

University City

University City Dining Days returns to the neighborhood this year from 7/18 thru 7/28.  It is so easy to get there on SEPTA - the OFFICIAL WAY TO GO TO UNIVERSITY CITY DINING DAYS! Hop the Market-Frankford Line to Drexel Station at 30th Street, 34th or 36th, a Trolley to 33rd, 36th, 37th or 40th [Trolley service will be suspended between 13th Street and 40th Street from 7/12 thru 7/29], Regional Rail to William H. Gray III 30th Street Station or Penn Medicine Station or Bus Routes, 21, 30, 31, 40, 42 or 49.

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Free At Noon 🎶

World Cafe Live

WXPN's Free At Noon is held every Friday at World Cafe Live and always features fabulous music. Take Regional Rail to William H. Gray III 30th Street Station, the Market-Frankford Line to Drexel Station at 30th Street, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to Drexel Station at 30th Street, or Routes 21, 42, or 49.

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Summer Movie Night Series

Schuylkill Banks

Head to Schuylkill Banks every Thursday night at 8PM now thru 8/22 for their Summer Movie series at the Walnut Street Bridge. Take Regional Rail to William H. Gray III 30th Street Station or the Market-Frankford Line to Drexel Station at 30th Street or hop Routes 7, 12, or 9.

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