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The Keystone state has no shortage of professional and non-professional teams and trilling sports action. When visiting Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, you'll find that both towns are avid fans of their football teams. In Philadelphia, the Eagles compete in the NFC East division of the NFL, playing home games at Lincoln Financial Field. Head west to Pittsburgh and you will see the Steelers play at Heinz Field.
If you are visiting in the summer, you can catch Philadelphia Phillies baseball game at Citizens Bank Park or a Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park. If basketball if your sport of choice, you can catch a Philadelphia 76ers game at Wells Fargo Center if you are stopping through during their season. The NHL has two teams in Pennsylvania – the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins skate and slap their way across the ice every winter from October to April.
Pennsylvania Pigskin Pride
There is no shortage of thrilling, grid iron action across the Keystone State. Fans of America's favorite sport will feel right at home when visiting Pennsylvania during the fall.
Pennsylvania is proudly one of six states that retains more than one NFL franchise. When visiting Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, you'll quickly find that both towns love their football teams, and rightfully so.
In downtown Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Eagles compete in the NFC East division, playing home games at Lincoln Financial Field. Locally known as "The Linc," the stadium can seat over 68,000 fans on game day and has been open since 2003. Established in the 1933, the Eagles get their namesake from Philadelphia's significance in American History.
Travel west to the city of Pittsburgh and you'll find yourself in Steeler Nation. Founded in 1933, the Pittsburgh Steelers have called Heinz Field "home" since 2001 – seating over 65,000 "Terrible Towel" waving fans every Sunday. The Steelers are one of the NFL's flagship teams and have won a record six Super Bowl Championships since 1970. The Steelers compete in the AFC North during the months of September to January.
As if two power house NFL teams weren't enough, Pennsylvania is also home to three, beloved Division I FBS college football programs.
In central Pennsylvania, you'll find the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten Conference playing home games at Beaver Stadium. Travel west to find the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. The "Pitt" Panthers share Heinz Field with the Steelers every fall, competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Enjoy a competitive Pennsylvania college football game this fall and take in the local action.
Pirates, Phillies, Phanatics, Oh My!
It's difficult to overstate the prominence of baseball in Pennsylvania. If you plan on traveling through the state this summer, take in a ball game and see what all of the fuss is about.
Much like the NFL, Major League Baseball has two separate clubs featured in the liberty state. Representing the American League, the Pittsburgh Pirates play home games at PNC Park in downtown Pittsburgh. The ball park has been open since 2001 and seats over 37,000 baseball fans along the Allegheny River. While catching a ball game this summer, be sure to visit the eating concourse "Tastes of Pittsburgh," featuring a variety of traditional and regional eatery.
Make your way east to downtown Philadelphia and visit Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philly Phanatic, the team's beloved mascot. The Phillies have played home games at "The Bank" since 2004, winning the World Series in 2008. The 43,651 capacity stadium currently holds a streak of 200 consecutive sellouts – the highest of its kind in the majors.
NCAA Division I Baseball is also featured in Pennsylvania. The Penn State Nittany Lions of central Pennsylvania compete in the Big Ten Conference in men's baseball and women's softball. They're joined by the Temple University Owls and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers – both competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference in baseball and softball.
Visit Pennsylvania and take in some world-class baseball this summer. Be sure to grab a Philly cheesesteak while you're at it – it's the only way to enjoy a Pennsylvania ball game!
The 76ers, Panthers, Lions & More
Downtown Philadelphia is the prime destination for Pennsylvania hoops. Catch all the buzzer-beaters, cross-overs, and slam dunks you can handle during the months of October into April.
Not far from Lincoln Financial Field and Citizens Bank Park, you'll find the Wells Fargo Center tucked among the streets of downtown Philly. The Philadelphia 76ers have called Wells Fargo Center home since 1996, but were founded in 1966.
Winners of three NBA Championships, the "Sixers" are a proud member of the Pennsylvania sports hub as the only professional basketball team in Pennsylvania.
The team features five hall-of-famers, and has featured NBA superstars like Wilt Chamberlain, Julius "Dr. J" Irving, Charles Barkley, and many more over the years. A 76ers game is a must-see for basketball fans or travelers looking for an exciting atmosphere and game experience.
Being the only NBA team in Pennsylvania is certainly unique, but most of all its lead to greater popularity for NCAA basketball.
Division I college basketball reigns supreme throughout regions of Pennsylvania. The University of Pittsburgh Panthers are winners of two National Championships and boast numerous NCAA tournament appearances. The same could be said for the Villanova Wildcats, who compete in the Big East outside of Philadelphia. In central Pennsylvania, Penn State Nittany Lions have also competed in many NCAA tournaments and have become a large source of pride for their respective region.
From Flyers to Penguins
Twice is truly just as nice – especially on the ice!
The National Hockey League has two stakes in Pennsylvania – the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins slash and slap their way across the ice every winter from October to April.
In Philadelphia, make your way to the Wells Fargo Center, home of the Flyers. Opened in 1996, the 19,537 capacity venue is a raucous home ice for the second winningest franchise in the NHL. The Flyers have won two division titles and two conference championships since moving into the Wells Fargo Center in 1996.
Just west of the Wells Fargo Center, sports fans pack the Consol Energy Center every winter to cheer on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Founded in 1967, the Penguins are winners of three Stanley Cup Finals'. The Consol Energy Center can seat over 18,000 hockey fans on game day.
Experience the one-of-a-kind atmosphere only found at a Pennsylvania hockey game. Whether it’s the Penguins or the Flyers, Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, you'll find that your game day experience is unmatched across the NHL.