PHILADELPHIA – Penn Athletics is excited to officially celebrate the 90th year of The Palestra on Tuesday, Feb. 7, when the men’s basketball team hosts archrival Princeton at 7 p.m.
The Palestra originally opened during the 1926-27 basketball season, with the first official event taking place on January 1, 1927 when Penn defeated Yale, 26-15. Since then, “The Cathedral of College Basketball”—which served as the longtime home to all Philadelphia Big 5 members (La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, Villanova)—has been home to more college basketball games than any other venue in the country.
Tickets to the Penn-Princeton game and The Palestra 90th Celebration are as low as $17 and can be purchased here. Groups of 20 or more receive special pricing by clicking here. Fans also can order tickets by calling the Penn Athletics Ticket Office at (215) 898-6151.
In addition to the game with the Tigers—whom the Quakers have played in The Palestra more than any other opponent—there will be several other deals and giveaways to celebrate this historic anniversary.
*Penn students can pre-purchase game tickets for 55 cents, which was the price of a ticket to that original Penn-Yale game in 1927
*The first 300 Penn students in attendance will be given a replica shooting shirt with the Palestra 90th logo
*A pre-game Fan Fest will be held in Rockwell Gymnasium, next to The Palestra, with free Philly-themed food
*Popcorn will be sold for 90 cents, marking the anniversary
*The first 1,000 people in attendance will be given a Palestra 90th commemorative poster
*The first 500 people in attendance will be given a cake to celebrate the Palestra’s 90th birthday
*During the game, Penn Athletics will feature historic images and a Penn Sports Network-themed video “The Palestra Turns 90” on the video boards