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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 SEPTA Regional Rail train into 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).

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
World cafe

Free At Noon

World Cafe Live

WXPN's Free At Noon is held every Friday at World Cafe Live and always features fabulous music. Heading to the show? Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to 30th Street Station, the Market-Frankford Line to 30th, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 or 36  to 30th or Bus Routes 21, 42, or 49.

20190322 00:00 20190323 00:00 America/New_York Free At Noon <p>WXPN&#39;s <a href="http://www.xpn.org/events/free-at-noon">Free At Noon</a> is held every Friday at World Cafe Live and always features <a href="http://www.xpn.org/events/free-at-noon">fabulous music</a>. Heading to the show? Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to 30th Street Station, the Market-Frankford Line to 30th, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 or 36&nbsp; to 30th or Bus Routes 21, 42, or 49.</p> 3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Plan Your Trip


International house

Exhibition Opening and Reception: Lens on Latin America

International House

Juried by writer, activist and co-founder of Casa de Duende, David Acosta, Lens on Latin America is an exhibition of moving photography at the International House Philadelphia showcasing the cultural and political changes that swept over Latin America during the 1960s and 1970s. Runs thru 3/22, open daily 8a-10p. So easy to get there on SEPTA. Hop Trolley Routes 11, 13, 34, or 36 to 36th Street Station. 

20190107 00:00 20190323 00:00 America/New_York Exhibition Opening and Reception: Lens on Latin America <p>Juried by writer, activist and co-founder of Casa de Duende, David Acosta, <a href="http://ihousephilly.org/calendar/lens-on-latin-america"><em>Lens on Latin America</em></a>&nbsp;is an exhibition of moving photography at the&nbsp;International House Philadelphia&nbsp;showcasing the cultural and political changes that swept over Latin America during the 1960s and 1970s.&nbsp;Runs thru 3/22,&nbsp;open daily 8a-10p. So easy to get there on SEPTA. Hop Trolley Routes 11, 13, 34, or 36 to 36th Street Station.&nbsp;</p> International House, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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