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America's Best College Football Stadiums: Franklin Field

Courtesy of Penn Athletics

Franklin Field: Philadelphia

More impressive for its heritage than knockdown, drag-out football, Franklin is the oldest college stadium still in use, dating back to 1895. It was the site of the first scoreboard and the first radio and television broadcasts of a football game, and—back when the Eagles shared the stadium with the UPenn Quakers—this was the first NFL stadium with Astroturf. The Quakers won the national college football championship four times before World War One. Now their Ivy League games are a throwback to that time when the players really were student-athletes.

Team Tradition: Throwing toast onto the field at the end of the third quarter.

Typical Chant: “Hurrah! Hurrah! Pennsylvania!”

Biggest Rivals: Harvard and Villanova.

Postgame Hangout: Cavanaugh’s.

Stadium Capacity: Approximately 52,000; pennathletics.com.


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