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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.

Upcoming Local Happenings
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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. 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.

20180817 00:00 20180818 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 &amp; 42.</p> 3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Plan Your Trip


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Philly Quizzo - Eagles Edition with Billy Penn

PHS Pop Up Garden uCity Square

Think you know this city well? Love your Eagles? Test your knowledge at Billy Penn's Philly Quizzo at the PHS uCity Square Pop Up Garden on Thursday, 8/16! All trivia questions will be related to Philadelphia — and the majority will also connect back to the Eagles, some in unexpected ways. Bring friends. Bring your family. Bring your fellow Birds fans. Assemble your team to compete for a pair of SUPER VIP tickets to the inaugural Keystone Comic Con, landing in Philly 9/14-9/16. Second place winner will score a gift card redeemable at any of Pistola’s establishment— (Jose Pistola’s, Sancho Pistola’s, Pistola’s Del Sur). The third place team will go home with an official Keystone Comic Con poster of the Batman family posing with their local pal Billy Penn (to clarify, that’s just one poster — your team can duke it out to determine who gets it), by illustrator Jonboy Meyers. Stick around after Quizzo ends, when the garden will be screening the Eagles preseason game — a Super Bowl LII redux versus the New England Patriots. Rain? Have no fear, the folks over at City Tap House UCity have graciously offered to host if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Make sure you RSVP to receive location updates. This event is free and open to all. Get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 34th Street or Trolley Routes 11, 13, 34, or 36 to 36th Street.

20180816 00:00 20180817 00:00 America/New_York Philly Quizzo - Eagles Edition with Billy Penn <p>Think you know this city well? Love your Eagles? Test your knowledge at Billy Penn&#39;s Philly Quizzo at the PHS uCity Square Pop Up Garden on Thursday, 8/16! All trivia questions will be related to Philadelphia &mdash; and the majority will also connect back to the Eagles, some in unexpected ways. Bring friends. Bring your family. Bring your fellow Birds fans. Assemble your team to compete for a pair of <a href="https://www.keystonecomiccon.com/Buy/Ticket-Details/" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" target="_blank">SUPER VIP</a> tickets to the inaugural <a href="https://www.keystonecomiccon.com/Home/" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" target="_blank">Keystone Comic Con</a>, landing in Philly 9/14-9/16. Second place winner will score a gift card redeemable at any of Pistola&rsquo;s establishment&mdash; (Jose Pistola&rsquo;s, Sancho Pistola&rsquo;s, Pistola&rsquo;s Del Sur). The third place team will go home with an official Keystone Comic Con poster of the Batman family posing with their local pal Billy Penn (to clarify, that&rsquo;s just one poster &mdash; your team can duke it out to determine who gets it), by illustrator Jonboy Meyers. Stick around after Quizzo ends, when the garden will be screening the Eagles preseason game &mdash; a Super Bowl LII redux versus the New England Patriots. Rain? Have no fear, the folks over at City Tap House UCity have graciously offered to host if the weather doesn&rsquo;t cooperate. Make sure you <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/billy-penn-philly-quizzo-eagles-edition-tickets-48811493491">RSVP</a> to receive location updates. This event is free and open to all. Get here on SEPTA. Hop&nbsp;the Market-Frankford Line to 34th Street or Trolley Routes 11, 13, 34, or 36 to 36th Street.</p> PHS Pop Up Garden uCity Square, North 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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PHS Pop-Up Garden #2

uCity Square

This PHS Pop-Up Garden is open daily at uCity Square at 36th and Filbert streets, where Jose Pistola's runs the show with beer, cocktails, and bites. Get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 34th Street or Trolley Routes 11, 13, 34, or 36 to 36th Street. 

20180426 00:00 20180901 00:00 America/New_York PHS Pop-Up Garden #2 <p>This PHS&nbsp;Pop-Up Garden is open daily at&nbsp;<a href="https://phsonline.org/popups/ucitysquare">uCity Square</a>&nbsp;at 36th and Filbert streets, where Jose Pistola&#39;s&nbsp;runs the show with beer, cocktails, and bites.&nbsp;Get here on SEPTA. Hop&nbsp;the Market-Frankford Line to 34th Street or Trolley Routes 11, 13, 34, or 36 to 36th Street.&nbsp;</p> uCity Square, Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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