The Penn Relays Return To Franklin Field In University City April 27-29

Athletes and visitors from around the world gather in University City for this blockbuster sporting event...

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This Thursday, make your way to Franklin Field to witness one of the most celebrated traditions in competitive track and field.

From April 27 through April 29, the Penn Relays return to Philadelphia for the 123rd year(!). The meet draws hundreds of thousands of athletes, coaches, fans and spectators from all over the world.


  • The 123rd annual Penn Relays run April 27-29.
  • The three-day track and field meet takes place on Franklin Field in University City.
  • High school, college and Olympic-caliber athletes participate in this annual event.
  • Tickets range from $23-75 per day.

The Races

Runners, jumpers, throwers and more come out to compete during this world-renowned annual event.

The major three-day event includes races for high school, college and junior athletes, Olympic hopefuls and more. Featured events range from 4×400 meter relays and mile runs to the pole vault and 100-meter dashes.

On Thursday, onlookers can check out the high school girls’ and college women’s races as well as nighttime long-distance races. On Friday, events include races for high school boys and girls, races for college men and women and Olympic development events. Lastly, Saturday brings out competitors including college men, college women and high school boys.

Saturday’s schedule also includes USA vs. The World, a popular series of races featuring international competitors.

The Penn Relays
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Cheer on your favorite team during the popular USA vs. The World races.

Take a look at the full Penn Relays schedule online here. If you have a smartphone, you can get up-to-date event information delivered right to your device by downloading the official Penn Relays app on Apple and Google Play.

The Penn Relays Carnival

The Penn Relays fun isn’t just confined to the field. Ticket-holders can enjoy the popular Penn Relays Carnival, filled with food and drink options and a variety of interactive demos. Vendors will also set up shop, selling sporting gear, clothing and more.


Tickets can be purchased online. Single-day tickets for either Thursday or Friday range from $23-29. Tickets for Saturday range from $45-75.

Attendees who purchase a three-day pass will receive a 20 percent discount off of the single-day ticket price.

Buy your tickets in advance to avoid added day-of fees. Click here to purchase tickets now.

Penn Relays
(Photo courtesy Dave Tavani )
Shop sports gear, enjoy delicious food and more at the popular Penn Relays Carnival.

Getting There

Getting to Franklin Field is easier than a lap around the track. Take the Market-Frankford subway line to 34th and Market streets and walk the few blocks to the track at 33rd and Spruce streets.

For those coming in from the suburbs, take your designated Regional Rail train to 30th Street Station and walk up to Franklin Field. The SEPTA website is a great resource to help plan your trip.

For those driving in, parking is plentiful. Find everything you need to know about nearby parking garages here.

Alternatively, park for FREE in South Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center after 3 p.m. on Thursday and all day on Friday and Saturday. From there, take SEPTA to the University City stop via the Regional Rail, or hop on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines to the 30th and 34th street stops.

Uber is the official ride-share app for The Penn Relays this year. An exclusive pickup and drop-off zone will be located at the corner of 33rd and Walnut streets to transport fans.

And if you can’t make it in person, don’t worry! You can watch all of the action in real time via online streaming.

The Penn Relays

When:April 27-29
Where:Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street
Cost:$23-75 per day; 20% discount on three-day packages



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