Sports teams of interest in Philly

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If you were in downtown Philadelphia in late October, 2008, then you were part of a madhouse crowd that celebrated the Phillies beating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for their first World Series win since 1980. It was also Philadelphia’s first major professional sports championship since 1983, when the 76’ers beat the Los Angeles Lakers to win the NBA Championship. 

Thousands of people thronged the streets of downtown Philadelphia to watch the Phillies victory parade, and the celebrations at Citizens Bank Park (where the Phillies play their home games) and at Lincoln Financial Field (where the Eagles and the Temple University football team play their home games); including a lot of kids who took off from school that day. Although I stayed out of downtown Philadelphia that day, I remember seeing throngs of people waiting at the SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) train stations just to get into town to see the parade.  

Coming back, it was worse! SEPTA had to stop all of its train lines into downtown Philadelphia because they didn’t have enough cars to transport everybody, and a lot of people had waited hours for a train just to get home. The following week SEPTA workers went on strike. The end of Game 5, the final game of the 2008 World Series, was held on October 29. 

The Phillies regular season runs from March to September. Prior to Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies used to play their home games at Veterans Stadium and at Connie Mack Stadium, but unfortunately, they are not there anymore. Veterans Stadium was imploded in March, 2004, and Connie Mack Stadium was damaged by fire in 1971 prior to being torn down in 1976. Now in it’s place is the huge Deliverance Evangelistic Church. For further information about the Phillies, you can go to their website.

Besides the Phillies, football fans can see the Eagles play their home games at The Linc (which is what the locals here call Lincoln Financial Field). Their regular season runs from September to either December or early January, and it is usually when they play the Dallas Cowboys twice. Despite going to the Super Bowl twice, specifically in 1981 and 2005, the Eagles have not won a championship since 1960.   

The Wells Fargo Center is now the home of both the 76’ers and the Flyers. Prior to that, the 76’ers and the Flyers played their home games at The Spectrum, but unfortunately, the Spectrum was demolished in 2010. Although both teams have been to the playoffs and the finals; the Flyers have not won the Stanley Cup since 1975. They did win back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and in ’75. In ’74, the beat the Boston Bruins and in ’75, they beat the Buffalo Sabres. 

Prior to 1983, the 76’ers last won the NBA Championship in 1967, where they beat the San Francisco Warriors at the old Philadelphia Convention Hall.

You can also visit both the 76’ers and the Eagles websites for further information.

Just recently, the Philadelphia Soul, the professional Arena Football League team won their championship, when Jon Bon Jovi was part-owner of the team.

If you’re a huge sports fan visiting Philadelphia from out of town, you might want to check each team’s website just to see when your hometown team will be playing in Philadelphia. It may be the highlight of your visit here.