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John F. Kennedy Stadium
Philadelphia Municipal Stadium

John F. Kennedy Stadium

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Address South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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  The Facility  
Date Opened April 15, 1926
Date Closed July 13, 1989
Date Demolished 1992
Ownership
(Management)
City of Philadelphia
(City of Philadelphia)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction Unknown
Stadium Financing City
Former Names Sesquicentennial Stadium
(1926)
Philadelphia Municipal Stadium
(1926-1964)
Stadium Architect Simon & Simon
Capacity 100,000
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants Philadelphia Eagles
(NFL) (1936-1939
(1941)
Philadelphia Quakers
(AFL) (1926)
Liberty Bowl
(NCAA) (1959-1963)
Army–Navy Game
(NCAA) (1936-1979)
Philadelphia Bell
(WFL) (1974)
Population Base 6,000,000
On Site Parking 22,000
Nearest Airport Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Ring of Honor #15 Steve Van Buren
#40 Tom Brookshier
#44 Pete Retzlaff
#60 Chuck Bednarik
#70 Al Wistert

Sources: Mediaventures

John F. Kennedy Stadium

The stadium's first tenants (in 1926) were the Philadelphia Quakers of the first American Football League, whose Saturday afternoon home games were a popular mainstay of the Exposition. The Quakers won the league championship but the league folded after one year.

A decade later, the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League started a four-season stint as tenants of Philadelphia Municipal Stadium before moving to Shibe Park for the 1940 season. The Eagles played at Shibe Park in 1940, returned to Municipal Stadium in 1941, and back to Shibe Park in 1942, where they would play through 1957. The Eagles also used the stadium for practices in the 1970s and 1980s, even locating their first practice bubble there before moving it to the Veterans Stadium parking lot following the stadium's condemnation.

The stadium became known chiefly as the "neutral" venue for a total of 42 annual Army–Navy Games played there between 1936 to 1979, and during the 1960s it served as Navy's home field when they played Notre Dame.

A.F. “Bud” Dudley, a former Villanova University athletic-director, created the Liberty Bowl in Philadelphia in 1959. The game was played at Municipal Stadium and was the only cold-weather bowl game of its time. It was plagued by poor attendance; the 1963 game between Mississippi State and NC State drew less than 10,000 fans and absorbed a loss in excess of $40,000. The Liberty Bowl's best game was its first in 1959, when 38,000 fans watched Penn State beat Alabama, 7-0. Atlantic City convinced Dudley to move his game from Philadelphia to Atlantic City's Convention Hall for 1964. 6,059 fans saw Utah rout West Virginia in the first Bowl Game played indoors. Dudley moved the game to Memphis in 1965 where it has been played since.

The stadium hosted Philadelphia's City Title high school football championship game in 1939 and 1978. St. Joe's Prep defeated Northeast, 27 to 6, in 1939. Frankford beat Wood, 27 to 7, in heavy rain in 1978.

The stadium was home to the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League in 1974; the team played at Franklin Field in 1975.

John F. Kennedy Stadium

Philadelphia Eagles

Baker
Bowl

Baker Bowl
1933-1935
Municipal
Stadium

Municipal Stadium

1936-1939
Connie Mack
Stadium

Connie Mack Stadium

1940
Municipal
Stadium

Municipal Stadium

1941
Shibe
Park

Shibe Park

1942-1957
Franklin
Field

Franklin Field

1958-1970
Veterans
Stadium

Veterans Stadium

1971-2002
Lincoln Financial
Field

Lincoln Financial Field

2003-Present


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