Penn Quakers Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Ray Priore

Team Mascot: The Penn Quaker

Year Opened: 1895

Capacity: 52593

City / State: Philadelphia / Pennsylvania

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Penn vs Harvard

Rival Team: Harvard Crimson

The Harvard-Penn rivalry dates back to 1881, and it’s always one of the best games of the season. The two teams are usually two of the best teams in the Ivy League with the Crimson and Quakers winning 29 of the last 34 Ivy League Championships. Watch the Quakers try to narrow the gap in the all-time series, which Harvard leads 48-37-2, when these two meet.

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Penn vs Princeton

Rival Team: Princeton Tigers

The Quakers and Tigers have a long running rivalry that dates back to 1876 when Princeton defeated Penn 6-0. The rivalry was suspended from 1894 until 1935 but since it resumed the Quakers have won 37 of the 77 meetings between the two Ivy League rivals. The Penn-Princeton game is always one of the best games of the season, so get your tickets to the annual rivalry game between the Quakers and Tigers.

Penn vs Yale

Rival Team: Yale Bulldogs

The Penn-Yale rivalry began in 1879 with the Bulldogs winning the first 12 meetings. The rivalry was dormant from 1893 to 1925. However, since the renewal of the rivalry, it’s been one of the better rivalries in the Ivy League with the Quakers holding a slim 35-36-1 lead. The matchup with Penn is typically one of the best games of the season, so don’t miss it when the Quakers come to New Haven.

Penn vs Cornell

Rival Team: Cornell Big Red

Cornell and Penn have played each other every since 1893, except for 1918, and have developed an intense rivalry as a result. The rivalry between these two Ivy League schools is the fifth most played in college football history, making it a can’t miss for fans of the Quakers.

Penn vs Brown

Rival Team: Brown Bears

The rivalry between Brown and Penn began in 1895, and since then the two teams have played 85 times. The Quakers lead the all-time series 59-24-2, so come out and cheer on the Quakers as they look to extend their lead.

Penn Quakers Tailgate Guide


Penn doesn’t have much in the way of traditional parking lot tailgating, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find a lot of great places to grab a bite to eat or drink before the game. The area around Penn offers a lot to see and do, so get to the Franklin Field early and enjoy the neighborhood surrounding the stadium before the game.

Where to tailgate

Penn Quakers Stadium Guide

In Game

Franklin Field is the oldest stadium in college football making a trip to a Penn game a must for any die-hard football fan. The place oozes history and the minute you step foot into the historic facility you know you’re somewhere special.

In addition to the stadium’s aura, there are also tributes to the history that has taken place in the building around the concourse. There is an especially nice section on the Philadelphia Eagles time at Franklin Field on the east concourse, so make sure to check it out.

You’ll also enjoy the fun atmosphere that a Penn football game provides as well. The Penn Band puts on a unique show, and you won’t want to miss out on throwing toast along with the Quakers fans.

A trip to Franklin Field is something every football fan should do at least once, so get your tickets to a Penn game today.

Things to check out

Philadelphia Eagles History

Check out the area dedicated to the Philadelphia Eagles history on the east concourse. The display is a must-see for any football fan, particularly Eagles fans.

Throwing Toast

One of the time honored traditions of attending a Penn football game is throwing toast after the third quarter. The fans all throw toast during the line “Here’s a toast to dear old Penn,” so make sure to join in the tradition during your visit to Franklin Field.

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Penn Band

Enjoy the musical stylings of the Penn Band when attending a Quakers football game. The band is a big part of what makes attending a Penn football game such a special experience, so enjoy the show during your trip to Franklin Field.

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Red and Blue Crew

The rabid Penn student section known as the Red and Blue Crew is arguably the best in the Ivy League. These diehards go all out to support their team with cheers, costumes, and all kinds of other antics. Keep an eye out for the Red and Blue Crew as you never know what they’ll come up with next.

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The Quaker

Keep an eye out for The Quaker mascot at the game. He gets into shenanigans throughout the game and is a fun part of any Penn football game.

Fight Songs

  1. Fight on Pennsylvania

    Fight on,
    put the ball
    across the line.
    Fight, you
    there it goes,
    across this time.
    Red and Blue
    we’re with you,
    and we’re cheering
    for your men.
    Then fight, fight, fight,
    fight for Penn.

    Cheer Pennsylvania
    Cheer Pennsylvania,
    cheer evermore!
    We’re here to see
    the Red and Blue
    score and score
    And when we give
    a resounding hoorah!
    Ever loyal to
    old Pennsylvania.

  2. The Red and Blue

    Come all ye loyal classmen now,
    in hall and campus through,
    Lift up your hearts and voices for
    the royal Red and Blue.
    Fair Harvard has her crimson,
    Old Yale her colors too
    But for dear Pennsylvania
    We wear the Red and Blue.
    Hurrah! Hurrah! Pennsylvani-I-ah!
    Hurrah for the Red and Blue!
    Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!
    Hurrah for the Red and Blue!

  3. Hail! Pennsylvania

    Hail! Pennsylvania, noble and strong;
    To thee loyal hearts we raise our song.
    Swelling to Heaven loud, our praises ring;
    Hail! Pennsylvania, of thee we sing!
    Majesty as a crown rests on thy brow;
    Pride, Honor, Glory, Love before thee bow.
    Ne’er can thy spirit die, thy walls decay;
    Hail! Pennsylvania, for thee we pray!
    Hail! Pennsylvania! guide of our youth;
    Lead thee thy children on to light and truth;
    Thee, when death summons us, others shall praise,
    Hail! Pennsylvania, thro’ endless days.

  4. Drink a Highball

    Played after third quarter when toast is thrown

    Drink a highball
    at nightfall,
    be good fellows
    while you may.
    For tomorrow
    may bring sorrow,
    so tonight
    let’s all be gay.
    Tell the story
    of glory of
    Drink a highball
    and be jolly;
    here’s a toast
    to dear old Penn.

  5. The Field Cry of Penn

    Hang Jeff Davis on a sour apple tree,
    Down went McGinty to the bottom of the sea,
    She’s my Annie and I’m her Joe,
    So listen to my tale of –
    WHOA! Any ice today, lady? No?
    Gitty up.

    Penn-syl, Penn-syl, Penn-syl-va-nia,
    Penn-syl, Penn-syl, Penn-syl-va-nia,
    Penn-syl, Penn-syl, Penn-syl-va-nia,
    Oh, Pennsylvania.

  6. Let’s Go Quakers!

    Let’s Go Quakers!

    Let’s Go Quakers!

    Let’s Go Quakers!

Penn Quakers Bars & Restaurants

  1. The Sidecar Bar & Grille

    The Sidecar Bar Grille

    We offer dozens of craft beers, plenty of good food and a friendly atmosphere that warms the soul.

    2201 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Grace Tavern

    Graces Tavern

    Southern-leaning New American fare in a restored space with original 1930s pressed-tin ceilings.

    2229 Grays Ferry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  3. Local 44


    20 rotating craft beers on tap accompany burgers & pub grub with vegan options in a low-key hangout.

    4333 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. The New Deck Tavern

    Alcohol Bottles

    A lot of draft beers, quiz nights & pub grub draw a strong student crowd to this old-school pub.

    3408 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Landmark Americana

    Landmark Americana

    Collegians down beer & bar fare in a busy space with sports on TV & daily specials.

    3333 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Blarney Stone


    Local hangout for a mostly college crowd offering burgers & brews along with karaoke & pool.

    Literacy Research Centers, 3929 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Millcreek Tavern

    Beer glass

    This easygoing 2-story watering hole hosts live music on the main floor & offers billiards upstairs.

    4200 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  8. Smokey Joe’s


    A standby for UPenn students since 1933, this old-school tavern focuses on beer, drinks & pizza.

    210 S 40th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  9. Copabanana


    Busy bar & sidewalk cafe that pairs flavored margaritas with Mexican-American plates.

    4000 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  10. White Dog Cafe

    White Dog Cafe

    Boisterous doggy-themed restaurant serving eclectic fare made with local & organic ingredients.

    3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Bar website

    cafe - $$

  11. Baby Blues BBQ

    Baby Blues

    BBQ joint serving ribs & other meat-centric fares in a quirky space within a repurposed brownstone.

    3432 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  12. Cavanaugh’s Restaurant & Sports Bar


    Neighborhood saloon offering draft beer, weekend brunch, classic pub grub & college sports on TV.

    119 S 39th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  13. City Tap House

    City tap house

    City Tap House is the Premier Dining Destination in University City. Offering New American Pub Fare & 60 taps, the Gastropub leaves nothing to be desired.

    The Radian, 3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$