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Army Navy announcement 2017

America’s Game, Philadelphia’s Continued Honor

The Army-Navy Game, one of the biggest hospitality events of the year for Philadelphia, returns this Saturday, December 9.  PHL Sports, a business development division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with its partners — the City of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Army-Navy Host Committee – have secured 5 of the next 6 games in Philadelphia. 

This year marks the 87th time (out of 118) the game will be played in the city.  The event is expected to welcome more than 50,000 fans and generate 30,000 hotel room nights with an estimated economic impact of more than $30 million for the city.

The United States Military Academy and United States Naval Academy both cited Philadelphia’s warm hospitality community as a key reason for their return.  “This tradition in Philly is so well-received and embraced by the city and community that it remains a highlight of the season for the teams, alumni and fans,” said Navy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk.   

“Philadelphia is synonymous with Army-Navy,” said Army Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan.  “Our fans just love being here.”  

PHLCVB members that would like to get involved in Army-Navy weekend are encouraged to offer discounts or promotions via social media by using #ArmyNavyDeals. All deals should also be submitted to the PHLCVB social team by sending a short email to describing the deal or promotion. The PHLCVB will be pushing out deals content throughout Army-Navy weekend via our main twitter channel @DiscoverPHL.

For more information on the game and all of the weekend festivities, visit





World Cup 2026 logo

Philadelphia Takes First Step Towards World Cup 

In October, Philadelphia was named one of 32 finalist cities for United 2026, the North American bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The collective bid currently includes 25 U.S. cities, four in Canada and three in Mexico still in the running to serve as hosts for the world’s most popular sporting event.  Ultimately, the committee expects 8-12 U.S. cities to serve as hosts for the event.   

PHL Sports is working very closely with partners including the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Union and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, among others, in its bid efforts.  A contingent of seven from Philadelphia attended the Host Cities Information Session in Houston during November.   

Philadelphia will be hosting the 2017 NCAA College Cup, the men’s soccer final four, at Talen Energy Stadium, December 8-10. 





Operation Gratitude recipient

Philadelphia Shows Its Gratitude

PHL Sports and its military partners helped to produce the sixth annual Operation Gratitude Day on November 8.  Two dozen locations in the Philadelphia area collected items for care packages for troops serving overseas and their families.   

Thousands of items including toiletries, warm clothes and gift cards were donated, and hundreds of holiday cards were signed for the troops.  “It’s always so gratifying to see how Philadelphians step up to support our military,” said Larry Needle, Executive Director of PHL Sports.   

In 2004, Operation Gratitude efforts began in Philadelphia as a collection during the Army-Navy Game and has since evolved into a city-wide event every November.  PHL Sports partners with US Army Recruiting, US Navy Recruiting, the US Marine Corps, the Philadelphia Building Owners & Managers Association and United Rentals to produce the event.    

For more information, please visit or contact Erica Shurmur at PHL Sports at





NFL Draft in Philadelphia crowd

NFL Draft by the Numbers

The totals are in from April’s incredible NFL Draft in Philadelphia, and it was truly record-setting across the board.  The Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University and PHLCVB dove deeper into the event in the NFL Draft Event Impact Report, which was released in August.   

Beyond the universal acclaim from the national media, Philadelphia scored in a number of categories.  Below are results at a glance:  

  • 250,000 Attendees 
  • 182,058 Unique Attendees; 63% from out of town representing 42 different states  
  • $94.9M Total Estimated Economic Impact 
  • 1,800 Media attended and 137 Million Media Impressions generated 
  • 30,000 Jobs Supported generating $38.5M in Personal Income  
  • $7.9 Million in State and Local Taxes generated 
  • Hotel Room Revenue up 11% across Region (year over year)  
  • 62% NFL Draft attendees plan to return to Philadelphia on vacation within 12 months   

To access the full report, click here






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