This East Coast city has many legendary sports franchises across all the major leagues in the United States. Their fans are famous around the country for their die-hard attitude and their dedication to their teams.  Sports lovers will get a lot out of a visit to Philadelphia. You can tour the major stadiums and ballparks, including the Wells Fargo Center and Citizen’s Bank Park. Tours are usually around an hour in duration and are an excellent way to learn more about each team and their role in Philadelphia’s exciting sports history. If you’re looking for tickets, it’s important to either buy directly from the venue or through reputable secondary market sources. Fraudulent tickets can be a problem—especially if you aren’t familiar with the sports market in the United States. However, if you’d just like to watch the Philadelphia Union play the New England Revolution, or cheer on the Phillies as they make a playoff push, there are plenty of sports bars throughout Philadelphia that cater to sports fans. You can even search by team to see which bar focuses on the sport you’re most interested in. There is so much to do in Philadelphia, especially if you’re a sports fan. So if you're interested in learning more about Philadelphia’s impressive array of teams, check out this brief guide to Philadelphia for sports fans.
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Philadelphia 76ers

An NBA team with an impressive history, the 76ers have boasted players such as Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving (aka Dr. J), and Allen Iverson. Over their history, they’ve won the NBA Championship three times. Their most notable rivalry is with the Boston Celtics, with the Celtics winning the bulk of the matchups. Although in recent years the team hasn’t been as successful, the current team features the increasingly impressive Joel Embiid and has a bright future. The 76ers play in the Wells Fargo Center, which is also home to the Flyers. It’s directly adjacent to Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles play, and a bit south of Citizen’s Bank Park, home of the Phillies.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles are perhaps among the most notorious of the Philadelphia sports teams, with notably rambunctious and enthusiastic fans. This NFL team has won the Super Bowl only one time, beating the New England Patriots in 2017. Their closest rival is the New York Giants—a rivalry sometimes ranked as the best in American sports history. As mentioned above, the Eagles play at Lincoln Financial Field near the Wells Fargo Center and Citizen’s Bank Park. There isn’t much else in the area to explore besides the three stadiums (they’re located just off a major interstate highway), but the stadium has plenty of dining options to keep visitors occupied. The arena football team, the Philadelphia Soul, also play here.

Philadelphia Flyers

Another South Philadelphia team, the Flyers are the city’s immensely popular NHL franchise. They were the first expansion team post the Original Six era, playing in the league since 1967. The Flyers also have one of the most recognizable logos in American sports. The team has won the Stanley Cup only twice, but they’ve also won 16 Division Championships and eight Conference Championships. Today you can tour the Wells Fargo Center and see plenty of behind-the-scenes action. They’re also in the midst of a substantial renovation so visitors can expect to see new improvements.
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Philadelphia Phillies

One of the oldest sports franchises in the nation, the Phillies are beloved by area baseball fans. They’ve only won the pennant twice (in 1980 and 2008), but they’ve been a team since 1883. The Phillies also cultivate multiple rivalries, with teams like the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates taking center stage. Today you can tour the Phillies stadium, known as Citizen’s Bank Park. Tours focus on significant events and figures in Phillies' history, as well as on important areas of the ballpark like the locker rooms, press box, and field. If you’d like to catch a ball game, see if you can grab Bryce Harper’s signature! 

Philadelphia Union

The Union is one of the older expansion teams in Major League Soccer (entering the league in 2010) and is a regularly impressive side. The Union has been in several U.S. Open Cup finals, although they haven’t managed to win the Open Cup or the league in their brief history. As soccer becomes ever more popular in the United States, their fan base has only grown. They play at Talen Energy Stadium, located in a charming spot on the banks of the Delaware River in nearby Chester, PA. It’s a bit south of the city proper, but it’s within easy driving distance of downtown Philadelphia. They don’t currently offer tours of their stadium, but you can arrive early and explore on your own. 

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