Sports and Recreation

Professional Baseball In Philadelphia
Philadelphia is home to the Phillies of the National League. The franchise has been in existence since 1883, making it one of the oldest single-city location sports teams in the nation. The Phillies play their home games at Citizens Bank Park in the downtown area, a newer venue that opened in 2004. The Phillies won the World Series in 1980 and 2008 and are one of the biggest sports draws in the region.

Philadelphia was once home to the Athletics of the American League. The team moved to Kansas City in the 1950s and now plays its home games in Oakland, California.

The National Football League
The Philadelphia Eagles have been a mainstay of the city's sports scene since 1933. The franchise is a three-time NFL champion, drawing huge crowds to Lincoln Financial Field for home games. The Eagles most recent appearance in the Super Bowl was after the 2004 season, a game they lost to the New England Patriots. The team has a very large, fiercely devoted fan base, and the marketing of Eagles clothing and apparel is one of the most successful enterprises in the entire NFL.

Basketball In Philadelphia
The city was once home to the Warriors of the National Basketball Association. This team moved to the San Francisco area in the early 1960s, and the Syracuse Nationals were moved to Philadelphia and became known as the 76ers. The team has enjoyed several periods of major success and continue to be a large draw for basketball fans. The 76ers play their home games at the Wells Fargo Center.

The National Hockey League
The Philadelphia Flyers entered play in the NHL in 1967 and are a storied part of the region's sports history. Flyers fans are heavily devoted to their team and constantly pack into the Wells Fargo Center for home games. Philadelphia is one of only a dozen cities in the United States that is home to a team representing all four of the major professional sports - baseball, football, basketball, and hockey.

College Athletics
Philadelphia is home to a half-dozen intercollegiate Division 1 basketball programs. These schools are Drexel, La Salle, Saint Joseph's, Temple, University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova. All of these programs are popular in terms of loyalty following, and college basketball is one of the largest spectator draws in the entire metro area.

Other Sports And Recreation
The city is home to the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, and the Philadelphia Independence of the WPS women's soccer league. Philadelphia hosts several annual sporting events including the Penn Relays, Philadelphia Marathon, and the Philadelphia International Championship bicycle race.