Top Things For Soccer Fans To Do In Philly During Copa America Centenario

Sports bars, the Rocky steps, beer gardens and much more...

This week, Philadelphia hosts the Copa America Centenario soccer tournament at Lincoln Financial Field. Excitingly, this year marks the first time the tournament has been played outside of South America in its 100-year history — and it’s right here in Philly!

There are three matches coming to South Philadelphia, bringing six different national teams to the Linc including the U.S. Men’s National Team and five teams from Central and South America.

The games kick off on Thursday, June 9 and continue on Saturday, June 11 (when the United States Men’s National Team plays!) and close out on Tuesday, June 14.

The Matches

  • Uruguay Vs. Venezuela, June 9
  • USA Vs. Paraguay, June 11
  • Chile Vs. Panama, June 14

Beyond the on-field action, visitors looking to celebrate the Latino culture of the visiting Central and South American teams — from Uruguay, Venezuela, Paraguay, Panama and Chile — in Philly don’t have to dig deep to find lots to do during Copa America festivities.

A hub of Latino culture in Philadelphia, El Centro de Oro (The Golden Block”) is home to international organizations, many third- and fourth-generation family-owned businesses and residents descending from almost every Latino country.

Whether you are attending the games or not, there are plenty of ways to get in the Copa America spirit in Philly this week thanks to watch parties, soccer bars, exhibits and more.

Visit the Rocky Statue & run up the Art Museum Steps

Rocky StatuePhoto by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

One of the most famous fictional athletes trained right here in Philly — Rocky! Put your fitness to the test by running up the Rocky steps and posing for a photo at the famous statue.

Visit the Rocky Statue & run up the Art Museum Steps

Where:Rocky Statue, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Grab a pre-game drink at one of the city's soccer bars

Photo courtesy Brauhaus Schmitz

Philly is home to top soccer bars like Brauhaus Schmitz, Fado Irish Pub, Misconduct Tavern, The 700 Club and more. Enjoy a drink and some food to get in the soccer spirit.

Grab a pre-game drink at one of the city's soccer bars

Where:Various Locations Including Fado Irish Pub, 1500 Locust Street

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Play a game of pick-up soccer with an awesome skyline view

Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Show up to try and join in the on-field action or just watch the local soccer players from the sidelines — all with an awesome view of the Philadelphia skyline.

Play a game of pick-up soccer with an awesome skyline view

Where:Penn Park, 3000 Walnut Street

www.facilities.upenn.edu

Visit the Liberty Bell & Independence Hall in Historic Philadelphia

Liberty BellPhoto by S. Goldenberg for Visit Philadelphia

The Liberty Bell’s home on Independence Mall is as powerful and dramatic as the bell itself. It’s a true site to see that is completely free to visit. In the Liberty Bell Center, not only is there the giant Liberty Bell, but also historic exhibitions, too.

Visit the Liberty Bell & Independence Hall in Historic Philadelphia

Where:Liberty Bell, 6th Street and Market streets

www.nps.gov

Grab a cheesesteak at an iconic Philly spot

Geno'sPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia is synonymous with cheesesteaks. Try one at at favorites spots like Jim's, Tony Luke's, Pat's and Geno's.

Grab a cheesesteak at an iconic Philly spot

Where:Jim's Steaks, 400 South Street

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Take in Philadelphia’s summer beer garden scene

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

During the summer, Philadelphia's public spaces and outdoor patios blossom into beer gardens — outdoor bars with craft beer, food, cocktails and more. They are a great place to visit during the warm weather season.

Take in Philadelphia’s summer beer garden scene

Where:Various locations including Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard

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Don’t miss the SportsZone exhibit at The Franklin Institute

The Franklin InstitutePhoto by Darryl Moran for The Franklin Institute

Last fall, the Franklin Institute opened SportsZone, an exhibit dedicated to the science of sports that consists of 3,600-square-feet of interactive experiences that each relate to a different sport.

Don’t miss the SportsZone exhibit at The Franklin Institute

Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street

www.fi.edu

Explore Philadelphia’s rich Latino heritage

Centro del OroPhoto by K. Rankin for Visit Philadelphia

Many teams from South American countries are coming to Philadelphia to compete in Copa America Centenario this week. Learn about Philadelphia connections to Latino culture at places like Taller Puertorriqueno and El Centro de Oro.

Explore Philadelphia’s rich Latino heritage

Where:Various Locations Including Taller Puertorriqueno, 2557 N. 5th Street

www.tallerpr.org

Visit the Penn Musuem

Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Anytime is a good time to visit the Latino-focused galleries, which cover both Central America and Mexico, at the Penn Museum. Five grand stone monuments with hieroglyphic writing and two monumental circular altars from the Penn Museum’s early Maya excavations dominate this signature gallery. Also on view: more than 200 ancient artifacts such as jade carvings, jewelry, painted pottery and figurines, some dating back 3,500 years.

Visit the Penn Musuem

Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

www.penn.museum

Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program

Mural ArtsPhoto courtesy City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program beautifies neighborhoods all over the city with stunning and thought-provoking installations. A couple highlights in El Centro de Oro: Tropical Landscape with Waterfall (5th and Berks streets) by Ana Uribe looks over the area, and Wall of Neighborhood Heroes (2239 N. 2nd Street) — painted by Mural Arts’ founder and executive director Jane Golden — depicts the likeness of residents Iris Brown and Tomasita Romero, among others.

Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program

Where:Throughout Philadelphia

www.muralarts.org

Catch the matches' watch parties

Don’t have a ticket to the games at Lincoln Financial Field? No worries. There are a number of high-energy watch parties slated for the week. Check out parties at The Hub Two at Commerce Square on June 11 (for the USA game!), Fado Irish Pub and more.

Catch the matches' watch parties

Where:Various Locations Including Commerce Square, Philadelphia

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