The Pennsylvania Quakers have a long winning basketball tradition. The Quakers have been to the NCAA Tournament 22 times in their history. They’ve been to the Sweet Sixteen five times, the Elite Eight three times and the Final Four once. Their Final Four appearance was in 1979, which was one of the most famous and important Final Fours in the tournament’s history. The 1979 championship game was the “Bird vs Magic” game and the Quakers were part of that Final Four.
The Palestra is one of college basketball’s most famous and historic venues. Opening in 1927 and holding over 8700 fans, the arena has seen a lot of great basketball over the years. Not only is Penn part of the Ivy League, they are also part of Philadelphia’s “Big Five” which includes Villanova, LaSalle, St. Joseph’s and Temple. Many of these games between these teams are played at the Palestra every season.
The Palestra is loud. It is old school. You will site on wooden bleachers and eat hot dogs, popcorn and drink sodas and watch a great college basketball game. You won’t get a lot of the bells and whistles at newer arenas. What you will get is a college basketball game with a lot of intensity. The Ivy League has no postseason tournament. So to win a bid to the NCAA Tournament from the Ivy League a team must win the conference championship. That makes all the Ivy League games at the Palestra NCAA Tournament play-in games.
Teams such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Brown and Princeton will be trying to get that NCAA Tournament berth. You will not want to miss out on these great games with so much at stake. After the game at the Palestra you will find the neighborhood has no shortage of places to hang out and eat, drink, shop and party. You can bring the kids to the game or maybe make it a night out with the guys. Either way, do not miss out on a chance to visit the historic Palestra.
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