Sports

When it comes to sports, one thing is certain: few cities in America do it like Philly.

Yes, we realize our reputation precedes us. Philadelphia sports fans are, um, colorful, and it’s no surprise we’re frequently reminded to “stay classy.”  Yet the many years of rooting for the underdogs — be it on the ice, gridiron, diamond, or hardwood — have connected sports fans to both their city and to each other in a singularly Philly kind of way.

It’s a wonder to behold. And even more fun to participate in.

Most of Philadelphia’s major sports teams play in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, located a short distance away from Widener’s Main Campus alongside Interstate 95. If soccer’s your sport, then you’re in luck! The Philadelphia Union play at PPL Park in Chester, about a 10-minute drive from Old Main.

You don’t just have to settle for the Big Five sports, either. Philly’s got semi-professional teams in lacrosse, rugby, and roller derby. If you like to bike, there are trails galore! You can also watch  the popular Philadelphia International Championship bike race held every spring. If you run, there are dozens of running clubs in the region. The Philadelphia Marathon and the Broad Street Run are popular events, too.

If you row, then you know that Philadelphia hosts the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, the largest intercollegiate rowing event in the country, as well as other boat races. It’s true that Philly is a veritable hotbed of rowing activity— there’s something for rowers of all skill levels.

Want to learn more? VisitPhilly.com’s sports portal is a great place to start.

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