15+ Must-See Big Games And Sporting Events Hitting Philly This Fall

This fall is shaping up to be pretty epic for Philadelphia sports fans...

Philadelphia has always been an amazing sports town and this fall is shaping up to be an especially exciting time to be a Philly sports fan.

The Phillies are in a tight pennant race for the National League East and have 14 home games in September. Help cheer them on!

The Union are vying for a playoff spot in the MLS Eastern Conference. The 76ers, coming off an incredible season, have a ton of energy and momentum heading into the 2018-19 season, which tips off in October.

The PGA Tour comes to town in September — with Tiger, Phil, Rickie, Dustin, Justin and more – for the penultimate tournament in the race for the FedEx Cup at the BMW Championship. Temple Football is ready to make some noise and a bowl run in 2018.

The Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball team will defend its National Championship (!).

And, oh yeah, they are not alone – the Philadelphia Eagles are reigning Super Bowl Champions (!!) and kick off the season in the first week of September at Lincoln Financial Field.

It’s completely fair to be psyched for Philly sports this fall – we know we are! Below, we’ve outlined more than a dozen must-see games and sporting events.

So check it out, get out your calendar and start planning out your nights and weekends for what promises to be an adrenaline-filled fall for Philadelphia sports fans.

Read on for the can’t-miss games and sporting events in Philly this fall.

Philadelphia Phillies' Pennant Push in September

With 14 home games in September, the Phillies will have South Philadelphia rocking as they race for the NL East pennant and battle to make their first appearance in the playoffs since 2011. Citizens Bank Park is an awesome ballpark for watching baseball, so check the schedule and make plans to get out there. Let's go Phillies!

Philadelphia Phillies' Pennant Push in September

When:September 1-30 (select dates)
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$14 and up

www.mlb.com

Mayor's Cup: Temple Owls vs. Villanova Wildcats

Two of Philadelphia's most well-known universities hit the gridiron over Labor Day Weekend in a battle for the Mayor's Cup – an enduring rivalry between Temple and Villanova and a great way to kick off the college football season in South Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field.

Mayor's Cup: Temple Owls vs. Villanova Wildcats

When:Saturday, September 1, noon
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:$30 and up

www.owlsports.com

BMW Championship at Aronomink Golf Club

BMW ChampionshipPhoto: Getty Images

Philly golf fans are in for a treat this year. For the first time since the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, the PGA Tour returns to Greater Philadelphia with the the BMW Championship. More great news: Tiger Woods is back to playing some excellent golf and he'll be in the field along with pros including Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson (ranked World Number 1) as the top 70 golfers in the FedEx Cup standings converge on Aronimink Golf Club. Over the four-day tournament — the penultimate event of the PGA Tour's 2018 season — the biggest names in golf battle it out to win the title and to try to move into the top 30 to advance to the Tour Championship.

BMW Championship at Aronomink Golf Club

When:September 4-9
Where:Aronimink Golf Club, 3600 Saint Davids Road, Newtown Square
Cost:$30 and up

www.pgatour.com

Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles' Home Opener

Philadelphia EaglesPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Eagles

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles begin their title defense with an intriguing matchup with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, September 6 – the first of eight Eagles home games at the Linc this season. The NFL is also hosting a free 2018 NFL Kickoff Experience festival at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing all day on Thursday for fans to check out before the game. Fly, Eagles, Fly!

Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles' Home Opener

When:Thursday, September 6, 8:20 p.m.
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:$324 and up

www.philadelphiaeagles.com

Philadelphia Union's MLS Playoff Push

Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PennsylvaniaPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union are vying for a playoff spot in the MLS Eastern Conference. The team has two home games in September and two more in October at the gorgeous Talen Energy Stadium on the Delaware River waterfront in Chester.

Philadelphia Union's MLS Playoff Push

When:September 15 - October 21 (select dates)
Where:Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester
Cost:$30 and up

www.philadelphiaunion.com

The Philadelphia Flyers' Home Opener

(Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Flyers)

Skate on over to the Wells Fargo Center to see the Philadelphia Flyers embark on their quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup. The team has 41 home games in South Philadelphia this season, the first of which is against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, October 9.

The Philadelphia Flyers' Home Opener

When:Tuesday, October 9
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia
Cost:Varies

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Army-Navy Cup VII

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Union

More than 10,000 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 annnual Army-Navy Cup, an event full of both pageantry and patriotism.

Army-Navy Cup VII

When:Friday, October 12
Where:Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester
Cost:$10-$34

www.philadelphiaunion.com/stadium

Philadelphia Unity Cup

Philly residents representing 52 popular, soccer-loving countries compete for civic pride in this soccer tournament organized by the City of Philadelphia. The months-long tournament culminates with a final at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday, October 13 that's free to attend.

Philadelphia Unity Cup

When:Saturday, October 13
Where:Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester
Cost:Free

www.phila.gov

Philadelphia 76ers' Home Opener

After making the playoffs last season for the first time since 2012, the Philadelphia 76ers begin the 2018-19 season with high expectations and a home opener against the Chicago Bulls. The Sixers are going to be a hot ticket in Philadelphia this fall; luckily they have 41 home games this season. Other early-season games to look out for include October 24 against star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks and October 30 against lockdown wing Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors. And remember, trust the process.

Philadelphia 76ers' Home Opener

When:Thursday, October 18, 8 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$56 and up

www.nba.com

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Head of the Schuylkill RegattaPhoto courtesy Visit Philadelphia

In 1874, the Schuylkill Navy, the country’s oldest body overseeing an amateur sport, first held what is now known as the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, an October tradition that continues to this day. Fairmount Park is a truly unique venue for this event, which packs in the fun for spectators watching along the banks of the Schuylkill River.

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

When:October 27-28
Where:A 2.5-mile stretch of the Schuylkill River, including at the Playing Angels Statue, Kelly Drive and Fountain Green Drive
Cost:Free to watch

www.hosr.org

Home Opener for Defending National Champs Villanova Basketball

After a second title in three years, the Villanova Wildcats begin another march toward excellence with the home opener against Morgan State University in November. Note: look out for announcement about if the Wildcats will start the season at the renovated Finneran Pavilion in Villanova or at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia, where the Wildcats have played home games during the renovations to the Pavilion. The team's full schedule is set to be released in September, and will include two games at the Palestra in December against Big 5 rivals La Salle and Penn.

Home Opener for Defending National Champs Villanova Basketball

When:Tuesday, November 6
Where:Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova
Cost:TBA

www.villanova.edu

Home Opener for Temple Owls Basketball

The Temple Owls Men's Basketball team — led by coach Fran Dunphy — begin the run for a bid in the NCAA Tournament with a home opener on Tuesday, November 6 at the Liacouras Center for a matchup against crosstown rivals, the La Salle Explorers.

Home Opener for Temple Owls Basketball

When:Tuesday, November 6
Where:The Liacouras Center at Temple University, 1776 N. Broad Street
Cost:TBA

www.owlsports.com+

Penn Football's Homecoming Game vs. Harvard

Historic Franklin Field is a legendary, yet somewhat under-the-radar stadium that sits right in the shadow of Philadelphia's downtown. The stadium dates all the way back to 1895 and served as the home of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1958 to 1970. It's an awesome, old-school place to watch a football game. The University of Pennsylvania has five home games at Franklin Field this fall, including their homecoming game against Harvard on Saturday, November 10.

Penn Football's Homecoming Game vs. Harvard

When:Saturday, November 10, 1 p.m.
Where:Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street
Cost:TBA

www.pennathletics.com

Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia MarathonPhoto courtesy the Philadelphia Marathon

More than a mere 26.1-mile race, the city’s official full marathon is a three-day weekend that includes an 8K, half-marathon, kids’ fun run and health and fitness expo. The main event, however, takes place on a fast course that winds through the city’s Historic District, past the Philadelphia Museum of Art and along scenic Kelly Drive.

Philadelphia Marathon

When:November 16-18
Where:Runs begin near the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps and end near 22nd and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free to watch

www.philadelphiamarathon.com

Big 5 Basketball at the Palestra

Philadelphia has a proud college hoops tradition, and the Big 5 schools — University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph's University, La Salle University, Temple University and Villanova University — always compete in thoroughly entertaining fashion to see what program is the best in the city. The schools haven't released their teams' full schedules yet, but a few Big 5 matchups at the Palestra are set: Villanova takes on La Salle at the Palestra on Wednesday, December 5 and Penn at the Palestra on Tuesday, December 11, while Temple takes on Drexel on Saturday, December 22.

Big 5 Basketball at the Palestra

When:December 2018 - February 2019 (select dates)
Where:The Palestra, 223 South 33rd Street
Cost:TBA

www.philadelphiabig5.org

Army-Navy Game

The Army-Navy Game at Linocoln Financial Field in South PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Lincoln Financial Field

Army and Navy's two collegiate football programs battle in what is now one of the longest-running rivalries in college sports. The 119th Army-Navy Game comes to Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, December 8 and will be the 88th time that Philadelphia will host the game.

Army-Navy Game

When:Saturday, December 8
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:TBA

www.armynavygame.com

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