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 2013. 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.



ACCESS: Franklin Field is equipped with disabled seating on the South side of the Stadium. Sections SC through SK Row 1 can accommodate a person utilizing a wheelchair and a companion.

CONCESSION: The concession stands are accessible to those patrons in wheelchairs and the restrooms are equipped with the appropriate facilities.

SEATING: These tickets can be purchased at the Box office. Ushers will be located at the entrances to the reserved seating area. Please call the Box Office if you require reseating to the disability seating area. Due to limited seating availability, it is suggested that only one person accompany the ticket holder in the seating area. Call 215-898-6151 for questions regarding disability seating.


ENTRANCES: There are numerous spectator entrances to Franklin Field.
South Side:
North Side:
West End (33rd Street Side): VIP entrance, Will Call is also located at this end of the stadium
East Gate: Entrance for patrons to sit in the end zone.



The following items are PROHIBITED in Franklin Field:


Large Backpacks or food in bags larger than 12" x 12" x 6"
Bottles and cans
Fireworks/Open Flames
Weapons and contraband
Noise makers
Laser Pointers
Smoking (in seated areas)

If prohibited items are found, entrance can be denied. No items will be checked-in.

PERMITTED items include food in clear plastic bags 12" x 12" x 6", sealed plastic containers, service animals.

All guests and/or their belongings are subject to be screened by entry personnel. Please arrive early. Doors open 1 hour prior to an event.

Thank you for your cooperation in making the Penn Athletic Facilities a safe environment.


ALCOHOL AND WEAPONS: Alcohol and/or weapons are not permitted inside Franklin Field.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: PA announcements will be used only in the event of emergencies. Contact an event operations staff member with your needs.

ANIMALS: Animals are not permitted inside of Franklin Field with the exception of service animals for persons with disabilities.

BAG SEARCH: Franklin Field prohibits larger bags than 12" x 12" x 6" from being brought into the facility. All bags are subject to search upon entry and within the facility. This policy applies to all patrons as well as employees.

BANNERS AND SIGNS: Signs are permitted in Franklin Field. Signs on poles or sticks are not permitted if they interfere with other guests. Signs may not obstruct the view of other spectators.

BOTTLES AND CANS: Bottles and Cans are prohibited inside Franklin Field. All spectators are subject to search at the gates, no spectators will be permitted inside the facility with bottles or cans.

CAMERA/VIDEO EQUIPMENT: Video cameras, audio equipment and cameras with professional lenses are permitted if they do not obstruct view or interfere with the game in any way. No Tripods and NO LASER POINTERS.

CHILDREN TICKET POLICY: Children two (2) years of age and under do not need a ticket to enter Franklin Field. They must be seated on a parent or guardian's lap and not interfere with the sight lines of other spectators. In order to receive a promotional item, children must have a ticket.

COMPLIMENTS, COMPLAINTS, AND COMMENTS: Patrons with questions, comments, criticisms, observations or otherwise may express it in person to the Penn Box Office.

FIRST AID: First aid is located at the West End of the Stadium. An ambulance Squad unit is on duty at each event. Notify a security guard, usher, or Penn Athletic Staff member if you are in need of medical assistance.


  • Aramark: Provides Franklin Field with food and beverage services.
  • Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC): Event security that usher, take tickets and provide event security.
  • Penn Athletic Staff: Coordinate all game event management.

    FOOD/CONCESSIONS: Aramark is the exclusive concessionaire for Penn Athletics. Concession stands are located around the concourse and offer a wide variety of snacks, hot foods and beverages. Alcohol is neither sold nor permitted.

    GAME DAY PUBLICATIONS / PROGRAMS: Programs are sold at each Entrance and at various other locations along the concourse. 

    GATE OPENING TIMES: Gates will typically open 1.5 hours prior to the scheduled start of the game.

    LOST AND FOUND: Lost and Found is located in the Franklin Field Ticket Office during the event. Any found items will be turned over to the Franklin Field Box Office.

    MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS INQUIRIES: The University of Pennsylvania Athletic Communication staff will gather and assemble all facts that are of interest to the media. Please direct all questions or comments regarding media related issues to Penn Athletic Communication personnel. Press Conferences and Media Relations will be held in Dunning Coaches Center.

    MERCHANDISE: Merchandise is available in the throughout Franklin Field. It is also available through the web site:

    PENN POLICE: Penn Police are onsite from the time the doors open until the event has ended. Please contact event security or usher if you need assistance.

    RE-ENTRY: Patrons may not exit and re-enter the facility using the same ticket. However, in case of emergency, a patron may receive a signature on their ticket stub, which will permit a patron to re-enter the facility at the same gate. Patrons that leave the facility at any time without obtaining a signature from a gate supervisor will not be permitted to re-enter the facility with the same ticket.

    RESTROOMS: Restrooms for both men and women are located on the concourse of the stadium.

    SCOREBOARD MESSAGES: No Scoreboard messages are available to the public.

    SMOKING: For the health and comfort of others, smoking is not permitted in the seating area of Franklin Field. Smoking is permitted at the East End entrance after the event has begun.

    TELEVISION BROADCASTS: Please check your local TV listings.

    TICKET POLICY: Here at Penn, we value and support the enthusiasm of our spectators, however, we ask that you observe a certain "Code of Conduct". Please respect the rights of others surrounding you by acting appropriately. All patrons are responsible for their conduct as well as the conduct of their guests and persons occupying them. Violations may result in having the patron removed from the facility.

    TICKET SCALPING: University of Pennsylvania Athletics denounces the sale of a game ticket at any price higher than the value of the ticket purchased.

    USHERS: Ushers will be located at each entrance to the reserved seating area to assist you with your seating or with any other needs.

    WEBSITE AND INTERNET: Please visit our website at for the latest information on the Penn Relays! Merchandise is also available via our website.



    To see a seating map of Franklin Field, click here.


    THERE ARE NO TOURS OF FRANKLIN FIELD, but the public is welcome to visit during the open hours of Franklin Field. These hours are posted on the main Penn web site under Sports and Recreation.