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Franklin Field

Franklin Field
Copyright 2007 by Urban Photos

  Venue Resources  
Address 3200 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone (215) 898-6151
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  The Facility  
Date Opened April 20, 1895
Ownership
(Management)
University of Pennsylvania
(University of Pennsylvania)
Surface Grass
(1895-1969)
AstroTurf
(1969-2004)
Sprinturf
(2004-Present)
Cost of Construction $100,000
Capacity 52,593
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Tenants Pennsylvania Quakers
(NCAA) (1895-Present)
Former Tenants Philadelphia Eagles
(NFL) (1958-1970)
Philadelphia Stars
(USFL) (1984)
Philadelphia Bell
(WFL) (1975)
Philadelphia Atoms
(NASL) (1976)
Temple Owls
(NCAA) (1990-2002)
Population Base 6,000,000
On Site Parking 350
Nearest Airport Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Championships 1st
1894
2nd
1895
3rd
1897
4th
1904
5th
1907
6th
1908
7th
1924


Sources: Mediaventures

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.

Pennsylvania Quakers

Franklin Field
Franklin Field

1895-Present

Philadelphia Eagles

Baker
Bowl

Baker Bowl
1933-1935
Municipal
Stadium

Municipal Stadium

1936-1939
Shibe
Park

Shibe Park
1940
John F. Kennedy
Stadium

John F. Kennedy Stadium

1941
Shibe Park
Shibe Park
1942
Forbes Field
Forbes Field
1943
Shibe Park
Shibe Park
1944-1957
Franklin Field
Franklin Field

1958-1970
Veterans Stadium
Veterans Stadium

1971-2002
Lincoln Financial Field
Lincoln Financial Field

2003-Present


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