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The 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.

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