20 Awesome Sporting Events Coming to Philadelphia in 2017

The NFL Draft, the Army-Navy game, the Penn Relays and more

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Philadelphians are some of the most passionate sports fans in the world. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of exciting sporting events in 2017 for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.

From long-running annual competitions like the Penn Relays and the Dad Vail Regatta to collegiate tournaments, home openers for Philly’s pro teams and the NFL Draft(!), sporting events of all sorts there are ample opportunities for fans of all sports to get out and cheer.

These are the upcoming sporting events in 2017 that are not to be missed.



Philadelphia International Unity Cup at Citizens Bank Park

November 11, 2017

November brings the championship game of Philadelphia’s citywide soccer tournament. Now in its second year, the Philadelphia International Unity Cup began as a knockout tournament between 48 teams of Philadelphians representing 47 countries from all over the world. The final two teams will face-off at the Lincoln Financial Field on November 11, the culminating day of the series. Click the button below to stay up to date on events surrounding the Unity Cup.

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The Philadelphia Marathon

November 17-19, 2017

Thousands of people gather to cheer on runners in the Philadelphia Marathon as they race along the 26.2-mile course past historic sites, along the Schuylkill River and across the finish line in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The race is widely regarded as one of the top 10 marathon courses in the country for the scenery, flat terrain and temperate weather.

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The Temple Owls Basketball Home Opener at the Liacouras Center

December 6, 2017

Long considered a basketball school, the Temple University Owls men’s basketball team — led by legendary coach Fran Dunphy — begin their run for a bid in the NCAA Tournament. The team’s first home opener takes them to the Liacouras Center for a matchup against the Washington Badgers.

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The Army-Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field

The Cadets and Midshipmen square off at Lincoln Financial Field for the 118th time this December. — Photo courtesy Kevin McGuire via <a href="">Flickr</a>

December 9, 2017

In one of football’s biggest and most storied rivalries, the Army Black Knights will clash with the Navy Midshipmen for the 118th time(!). It’s 88th time that Philadelphia will host the gridiron battle between the two academies.

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Past Events


Philadelphia Union Home Opener at Talen Energy Stadium

March 11, 2017

Head coach Jim Curtain and the Philadelphia Union stride to get their 2017 season off on the right foot against Toronto FC on March 11 as Union fans chant, cheer and sing their team to victory. Since the club was established in 2010, the Union have been thrilling Philly soccer enthusiasts at (the newly branded) Talen Energy Stadium along the banks of the Delaware River, just south of Philadelphia in Chester, Pa.

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The Ivy League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments

March 11-12, 2017

For the first time in Ivy League history, a four-team conference championship tournament will be held in both men’s and women’s basketball — and it’s going down right here in Philly. The games will be played at The Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania over a two-day period. The stakes are high, as the winners on each side will secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.

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Philadelphia Phillies Home Opener at Citizens Bank Park

April 7, 2017

There’s no more Philly way to welcome spring than by catching the Philadelphia Phillies home opener at Citizens Bank Park. The young and hungry Phils will try to steal a win as they take on National League East Division rivals the Washington Nationals.

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The 82nd NFL Draft

April 27-29, 2017

The first-ever NFL draft was held in Philadelphia in 1936. Now, for the first time since 1960, the draft returns to the City of Brotherly Love in April. Football fans will gather along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the all-outdoor event. The NFL Draft Experience — a three-day fan festival — is free to the public and will feature fun football activities for the whole family. At Combine Corner, fans can test their skills in the vertical jump, run routes and virtually race against NFL players in the 40-yard-dash.

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Penn Relays at Franklin Field

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The Penn Relays draw crowds of up to 100,000 people to see some of the world’s top track athletes compete — and often begin Olympic careers. — Photo courtesy of D. Tavani

April 27-29, 2017

Now in its 123rd year, the Penn Relays at Franklin Field draw thousands of athletes and fans from all over the United States and around the world. The races feature runners in high school and college as well as Olympic hopefuls. Outside of Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania, there’s a carnival celebration with food, souvenirs and activities.

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Broad Street Run

— Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

May 7, 2017

Gaining in popularity every year, the Broad Street Run takes participants along a flat 10-mile stretch of one of the city’s main arteries. Spectators line the sidewalks of Broad Street to cheer on the wave of runners from North Philadelphia, around City Hall and to the finish line in South Philadelphia.

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The Dad Vail Regatta

— Photo courtesy Dad Vail Regatta

May 12-13, 2017

The Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States, featuring participants from more than 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. The Olympic-length racecourse spans 2,000 meters on the beautiful Schuylkill River. Rowing fans fill the grandstand and line the east side of the river to cheer on their favorite crew teams from the banks.

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Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship at Talen Energy Stadium

The Collegiate Rugby Championships return to Talen Energy Stadium for another year of intense rugby games. — above

June 3-4, 2017

Eight hard-hitting collegiate teams from the premier rugby programs in the country including Cal, UCLA, Penn State, St. Joseph’s and others, will try to out-tough the competition as they vie for the nation’s top spot at Talen Energy Stadium this June at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.

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Club America vs. Puebla at Talen Energy Stadium

July 8, 2017

This July, Talen Energy Stadium in Chester hosts an intense matchup between Club America and Puebla as part of the Tour Aguila summer soccer series. The soccer game officially starts at 6 p.m., but the fun begins at 2 p.m. with a pre-game festival featuring music, food, meet and greets, games and more.

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Temple Owls Football Home Opener at Lincoln Financial Field

September 9, 2017

Behind the new leadership of coach Geoff Collins, the Temple Owls football program looks to repeat their AAC conference championship season and then some as they take on the Villanova Wildcats at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Philadelphia Eagles Home Opener at Lincoln Financial Field

September 2017 (TBA)

Diehard Philadelphia Eagles fans will pack Lincoln Financial Field to support their beloved Birds. Former No. 1 draft pick and quarterback Carson Wentz looks to build off of his NFL experience and lead the team to an NFC East title in his sophomore season.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Home Opener at Wells Fargo Center

October 14, 2017

Skate on over to the Wells Fargo Center to see the Philadelphia Flyers embark on their quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup behind reigning NHL All-Star game MVP Wayne Simmonds, team captain Claude Giroux and rising star Shayne Gostisbehere (who’s nicknamed “Ghost Bear”). In the tradition of the “Broad Street Bullies,” the Fly-guys aren’t afraid to check their opponents into the boards or drop the gloves when necessary on their way to victory. The team’s first home game at the Wells Fargo Center has them battling it out against the Washington Capitals.

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The Army-Navy Cup at Talen Energy Stadium

October 15, 2017

Over 20,000 uniformed cadets and civilian fans are expected to pack Talen Energy Stadium, the home of the Philadelphia Union, to cheer on military academy collegiate soccer squads as they face off for the Army-Navy Cup.

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The Philadelphia 76ers Home Opener at the Wells Fargo Center

October 20, 2017

After a long rebuilding period, fans have embraced the motto “Trust The Process” for the Philadelphia 76ers. In October, the Sixers faithful will rally behind their young, exciting and largely international squad comprised of a string of No. 1 draft picks and basketball legends in the making like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Get ready for the opening night, which brings a face-off with the Boston Celtics.

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Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

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Enjoy a great fall weekend in Fairmount Park and take in a picturesque fall regatta at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. — Courtesy of the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

October 28-29, 2017

Started in 1971, the annual two-day Head of the Schuylkill Regatta takes place on a two-and-a-half mile scenic shimmering stretch of the Schuylkill River. The races feature powerhouse crew teams, as well as some that are newer to the sport. Nearly 10,000 scullers rowed across the finish line in 2016.

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