The University of Pennsylvania's historic football stadium has hosted the best in collegiate and professional competition for most of the century. Originally opened in 1895 (at a cost of $100,000) for the first running of the Penn Relays, the stadium was rebuilt in 1922 in its present form. Franklin Field, deemed by the NCAA as the oldest stadium still operating for football games, has been the site of the nation's first scoreboard (1895), the nation's first two-tiered stadium (1922), the first football radio broadcast (WIP, 1922), the first football telecast (PhilCo, 1939) and Vince Lombardi's only NFL playoff loss (1960).
The Army-Navy series moved to Franklin Field in 1899 and in 1925, Red Grange set an NCAA record with 331 rushing yards as Illinois owned Penn. During the 1930's and 1940's, Penn led the nation in attendance for several years as crowds often numbered as many as 80,000. Today, the newly refurbished stadium seats 52,593.
SprinTurf, a next-generation rubber-infill artificial surface, was installed in 2004. The state-of-the-art scoreboard and videoboard keep fans well-informed of the action on the field and track. Franklin Field has also been the home of the Philadelphia Eagles and has hosted the Historic Penn Relays for over 100 years.
Business Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday 10:00am-2:00pm Monday-Friday (June 1st -August 25th)
Event Hours: Box Office window is generally open 1 hour prior to event.
Location: Box Office and Main Will Call are located on 33rd street in Weightman Hall
Both Penn Players Will Call and the Visiting Players Will Call is located in the driveway between Weightman Hall and the Dunning Coaches Center
FROM THE NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE AND POINTS NORTH:
Take exit 4 of the Turnpike. Take I-295 to the Walt Whitman Bridge. Take I-76 West to the South Street exit (346A). Turn Left onto South Street and proceed to 33rd Street where you will make another right. Franklin Field is located on the right and the Ticket Office is at the top of the driveway in front of the stadium.
FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE AND POINTS WEST:
Take exit 24 (Valley Forge) of the Turnpike. Follow I-76 East to the South Street exit (346A). Turn right on South Street and proceed to 33rd Street. Turn Right onto 33rd Street and proceed to Market street (Past Franklin Field,) and make a left. Franklin Field is located on the right and the Ticket Office is at the top of the driveway in front of the stadium.
FROM POINTS SOUTH:
Follow I-95 North to PA 291 East and follow signs to I-76 West. Take I-76 West to the South Street exit (346A). Turn Left onto South Street and proceed to 33rd Street where you will make another right. Franklin Field is located on the right and the Ticket Office is at the top of the driveway in front of the stadium.
Football Parking Map
There is on-site parking available in the lots surrounding the Stadium. The two most convenient lots are located at 34th and Chestnut Streets (with access from both 34th Street and Chestnut Street) and South Street and Convention Avenue (this parking lot can be found by making a left at the first traffic light on South Street. The lot entrance is down on the left.). Rates may vary.
ACCESS: Franklin Field is equipped with disabled seating on the South side of the Stadium. Sections SC through SK Row 1 can accommodate a person utilizing a wheelchair and a companion.
CONCESSION: The concession stands are accessible to those patrons in wheelchairs and the restrooms are equipped with the appropriate facilities.
SEATING: These tickets can be purchased at the Box office. Ushers will be located at the entrances to the reserved seating area. Please call the Box Office if you require reseating to the disability seating area. Due to limited seating availability, it is suggested that only one person accompany the ticket holder in the seating area. Box Office number is 215-898-6151.
ENTRANCES: There are numerous spectator entrances to Franklin Field.
South Side: Home side of the stadium, seating for Penn Students and Penn Players Will Call.
North Side: Visiting Team side of the stadium, and will call for Visiting Team Players.
West End (33rd Street Side): VIP entrance, Will Call is also located at this end of the stadium
East Gate: Entrance for patrons to sit in the end zone.
ENTRY POLICIES FOR ATHLETIC EVENTS The following policies have been implemented by the University of Pennsylvania for building security and patron safety:
The following items are PROHIBITED in Franklin Field:
Backpacks or bags larger than 12" x 12" x 6"
Bottles and cans
Weapons and contraband
Smoking (in seated areas)
If prohibited items are found, entrance can be denied. No items will be checked-in.
PERMITTED items include food in clear plastic bags, sealed plastic containers, service animals.
All guests and/or their belongings are subject to be screened by entry personnel. Please arrive early. Doors open 1 hour prior to an event.
Thank you for your cooperation in making the Penn Athletic Facilities a safe environment.
ALCOHOL AND WEAPONS: Alcohol and/or weapons are not permitted inside any Penn athletic facility.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: PA announcements will be used only in the event of emergencies. Contact an event operations staff member with your needs.
ANIMALS: Animals are not permitted inside of Franklin Field with the exception of service animals for persons with disabilities.
BAG SEARCH: Franklin Field prohibits bags larger than 12" x 12" x 6" from being brought into the facility. All bags are subject to search upon entry and within the facility. This policy applies to all patrons as well as employees.
BANNERS AND SIGNS: Signs are permitted in Franklin Field. Signs on poles or sticks are not permitted if they interfere with other guests. Signs may not obstruct the view of other spectators.
BOTTLES AND CANS: Bottles and Cans are prohibited inside Franklin Field. All spectators are subject to search at the gates, no spectators will be permitted inside the facility with bottles or cans.
CAMERA/VIDEO EQUIPMENT: Video cameras, audio equipment and cameras with professional lenses are permitted if they do not obstruct view or interfere with the game in any way. NO LASER POINTERS
CHILDREN TICKET POLICY: Children two (2) years of age and under do not need a ticket to enter Franklin Field. They must be seated on a parent or guardian's lap and not interfere with the sight lines of other spectators. In order to receive a promotional item, children must have a ticket.
COMPLIMENTS, COMPLAINTS, AND COMMENTS: Patrons with questions, comments, criticisms, observations or otherwise may express it in person to any Penn Guest Services staff member.
FIRST AID: First aid is located at the West End of the Stadium. An ambulance Squad unit is on duty at each event. Notify a security guard, usher, or Penn Athletic Staff member if you are in need of medical assistance.
FACILITY SERVICE PROVIDERS:
- Aramark: Provides Franklin Field with food and beverage services.
- Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC): Event security that usher, take tickets and provide event security.
- Penn Athletic Staff: Coordinate all game event management.
FOOD/CONCESSIONS: Aramark is the exclusive concessionaire for Penn Athletics. Concession stands are located around the concourse and offer a wide variety of snacks, hot foods and beverages. Alcohol is neither sold nor permitted.
GAME DAY PUBLICATIONS / PROGRAMS: Programs are sold at each Entrance and at various other locations along the concourse during the game.
GATE OPENING TIMES: Gates will typically open 1.5 hours prior to the scheduled start of the game.
LOST AND FOUND: Lost and Found is located in the Franklin Field Ticket Office during the event. Any found items will be turned over to the Franklin Field Box Office.
MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS INQUIRIES: The University of Pennsylvania Athletic Communication staff will gather and assemble all facts that are of interest to the media. Please direct all questions or comments regarding media related issues to Penn Athletic Communication personnel. Post-game Press Conferences will be held in Dunning Coaches Center.
MERCHANDISE: Merchandise is available in the throughout Franklin Field. It is also available through the web site: www.pennathletics.com.
PENN POLICE: Penn Police are onsite from the time the doors open until the event has ended. Please contact event security or usher if you need assistance.
RE-ENTRY: Patrons may not exit and re-enter the facility using the same ticket. However, in case of emergency, a patron may receive a signature on their ticket stub, which will permit a patron to re-enter the facility at the same gate. Patrons that leave the facility at any time without obtaining a signature from a gate supervisor will not be permitted to re-enter the facility with the same ticket.
RESTROOMS: Restrooms for both men and women are located on the concourse of the stadium. On the North Side, the men's and women's restrooms are accessed via a ramp. On the South side, restrooms are located all along the concourse.
SCOREBOARD MESSAGES: No Scoreboard messages are available to the public.
SMOKING: For the health and comfort of others, smoking is not permitted in the seating area of Franklin Field. Smoking is permitted at the gate entrances after the event has begun.
TELEVISION BROADCASTS: Please check your local TV listings.
TICKET POLICY: Here at Penn, we value and support the enthusiasm of our spectators, however, we ask that you observe a certain "Code of Conduct". Please respect the rights of others surrounding you by acting appropriately. All patrons are responsible for their conduct as well as the conduct of their guests and persons occupying them. Violations may result in having the patron removed from the facility.
TICKET SCALPING: University of Pennsylvania Athletics denounces the sale of a game ticket at any price higher than the value of the ticket purchased.
USHERS: Ushers will be located at each entrance to the reserved seating area to assist you with your seating or with any other needs.
WEBSITE AND INTERNET: Please visit our website at www.pennathletics.com for the latest information on your favorite Penn Athletic team! Merchandise is also available via our website.
THERE ARE NO TOURS OF FRANKLIN FIELD, but the public is welcome to visit during the open hours of Franklin Field. These hours are posted on the main Penn web site under Sports and Recreation.