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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know about NFL Draft Host City, Philadelphia
Fast, Fun & Football-Related Facts About the City of Brotherly Love
This year’s National Football League Draft returns to its Philly roots on April 27-29, 2017. The Philadelphia region is well known for its athletic pride and history—not to mention its central role in the founding of the nation, buzzed-about food scene, vibrant neighborhoods, rich arts and culture scene, parks galore and more. ;
Here are 10 things people might not know about Philadelphia, hosting the NFL Draft for the twelfth time in history:
- One quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Philadelphia. Nine NFL teams, including the hometown Philadelphia Eagles, are based within a seven-hour drive of the city. Others are the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills.
- On February 8, 1936, the first NFL Draft took place at Philadelphia’s Ritz-Carlton. The selection consisted of nine rounds, zero team scouts and no media coverage. Teams took turns picking from the 90 names written on a blackboard. The city has hosted the draft 11 times total, with the last event taking place here in 1961.
- The country’s oldest, largest track competition coincides with the 2017 draft. The Penn Relays feature 15,000 high school, collegiate and club athletes in 300 events at University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, the current home of the Penn Quakers football team, former home of the Philadelphia Eagles (1958-1970) and host of the 1960 NFL Championship Game—where the Birds dealt the Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi his only career playoff loss.
- Philadelphia’s Historic District, home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the soon-to-open Museum of the American Revolution (April 19, 2017) and endless more historic and modern attractions, is 32 football fields away from Draft Town.
- The beloved Rocky statue stands proud at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Sylvester Stallone’s iconic character first jogged up the museum’s 72 steps 40 years ago. Visitors have been copying him ever since. A bronze imprint of his Chuck Taylor sneakers grace the top of the famed steps.
- Often compared to Paris’ Champs Elysées, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is home to six museums (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, Rodin Museum, Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute and The Academy of Natural Sciences) and steps away from Eastern State Penitentiary. The boulevard has also hosted two popes (1979 and 2015), one Live Eight concert (2005) and four Made in America concerts (the first in 2012).
- Philadelphia is known as the City of Murals. Founded as an anti-graffiti initiative in the 1980s, Mural Arts Philadelphia has created 3,800 larger-than-life works and is the most influential mural arts organization in the world.
- That guy atop of City Hall? It’s not Ben Franklin, arguably Philadelphia’s most famous resident. That’s city planner William Penn, holiding a deed.
- Cheesesteaks are available 24/7, but many locals feel that roast pork sandwiches with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe or spinach are worthy of just as much love as Philly’s most iconic sandwich. Top spots include DiNic’s Roast Pork, John’s Roast Pork and Tony Luke’s.
- The NFL isn’t the only draft in town: Philly was once the beer-brewingest city in the Western Hemisphere. The region now boasts dozens of craft breweries, tons more beer bars and the largest beer week celebration in the country.
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Philadelphia Does Up Food & Beer Festials Big
With spring in full gear and summer on its way, the Philadelphia region will keep bellies full with a delicious, mostly neighborhood-centric lineup of food and drink festivals. May through the fall feature few empty weekends on the calendar—some are even double-booked. The Food Trust’s popular Night Market returns with four dates over the next six months. Other highlights include Philly Beer Week, the 9th Street Italian Market Festival, 2nd Street Festival and many more. Here’s a chronological list of the region’s top food and drink festivals:
May 6, 2017
PHOENIXVILLE FOOD FESTIVAL. Downtown Phoenixville sees thousands of people—rain
New–Lots New–This Summer In Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s summer is jam-packed with things to do, thanks to new attractions, limited-time displays, major exhibitions and the seasonal happenings that locals and visitors cherish. Highlights: just-opened Museum of the American Revolution and the nation’s most playful LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, an indoor snow playground called Winter: Exclusively at Philadelphia Zoo, a high-tech, $19 million renovation of Longwood Gardens’ main fountains and a concert and festival curated and headlined by Philly’s own Hall & Oates.
- LEGOLAND® Discovery Center – Millions of LEGO bricks build the foundation for this creative and fun destination. Perfect for ages 3
In Philly, Spring Kicks Off With Pride
In Philadelphia, warmer temperatures bring more than outdoor life: They also bring new life to the LGBT scene. The year’s LGBT festival season kicks off with Philadelphia Black Pride in April and continues with New Hope Celebrates Pride in one of Bucks County’s gay-friendliest boroughs. Much-anticipated LGBT-centric theater performances include Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Forrest Theatre, and the poignant The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey at Philadelphia Theatre Company. Lovers of visual art and travel can whet both appetites at The Journeys of John Laub: Fire Island and Beyond, an exhibition of works by the late, out...
A Spectacular September Weekend Awaits Arts Lovers In Philadelphia
September is shaping up to be a spectacular one for arts lovers in Philadelphia. During the weekend of September 14, fans of the fine and performing arts have a slew of exhibits, performances and first-in-Philly happenings from which to choose: Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural opera festival O17; the groundbreaking moving art exhibition Fireflies—part of Parkway 100, the 15-month-long centennial celebration of the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway; and Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Monument Lab, an eight-week public art and history exhibit that spans the city. Add to that the always outrageous Fringe Festival and the last weekend for Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect...
Philadelphia: The Background On A True Sports Town
Philadelphia is one of the few cities with a professional franchise in all five major league sports. Most of the pro teams play within a few miles of Center City at Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles football); Citizens Bank Park (Phillies baseball); Wells Fargo Center (76ers basketball and Flyers hockey); and, a few miles south of the city line, Talen Energy Stadium (Union soccer). Despite not having the constant success all Philadelphians would like, most of the city’s sports franchises are steady contenders for their respective championships. Plus, Philly spirit can’t be beat.
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16 Razones Espectaculares Para Visitar Filadelfia En El 2017
Parece que el 2017 será otro año de éxitos para Filadelfia al ofrecer a las personas muchas razones para visitar y explorar esta ciudad tan elogiada. Aún llena de energía por la visita del papa Francisco en el 2015 y la Convención Nacional Democrática en 2016, Filadelfia continuará disfrutando de la atención nacional con el NFL Draft (Selección de la NFL), la apertura del nuevo Museum of the American Revolution (Museo de la Revolución Estadounidense) y el debut del festival anual de ópera O17. Los eventos más destacados del año incluyen la Semana Mexicana (que coincide con el Cinco de...
Holiday Highlights In Philadelphia
Holiday tradition runs deep in Philadelphia, home of the new Philly Holiday Festival, a seven-week citywide celebration, and the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, offering overnight guests at 38 hotels free parking, two tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute and more perks, bookable at visitphilly.com.
Here are some highlights of the winter holidays in Philadelphia:
- Christmas Village – Philadelphia City Hall transforms into holiday central, adding to its grounds a German-style market with live entertainment. In adjacent Dilworth Park, there’s a new setup for the live, 38-foot Christmas tree, Rothman Institute Ice
Philadelphia Rings In 2017 By Starting Early & Ending Late
In Philadelphia, ringing in the New Year begins early and ends late. Daytime and early-evening bashes entertain children at the Please Touch Museum®, Franklin Square and Independence Seaport Museum. Fireworks displays over the Delaware River go off at 6 p.m. and midnight. On New Year’s Day, thousands of colorfully costumed merrymakers march in the Mummers Parade, the nation’s oldest folk parade.
The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package lets revelers enjoy every moment with free hotel parking, two tickets to The Franklin Institute’s Jurassic World: The Exhibition, admission and skate rentals for two at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, a...
Culinary Experiences Offer Mouthwatering Reasons To Visit Philadelphia
When foodies hit the road, they take their passion for farmers markets, culinary tours and tasting experiences with them. Tasting its flavors is one of the best ways to get to know a region, and Philadelphia offers a cornucopia of edible adventures. Visitors can choose from food truck festivals, a weekend celebrating everyone’s favorite fungus, cooking classes and all sorts of wine and beer celebrations. Here’s a look at some of the region’s culinary happenings:
2017 Foodie Festivities:
- Philadelphians dine at the best for less with Center City District Restaurant Week and University City Dining Days. During the former,