PHL Sports strives to bring national and international sporting events to Philadelphia to build on the city’s already dynamic sports landscape. PHL Sports works in conjunction with Philadelphia’s premier venues, professional teams, universities and sports leaders to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for fans near and far. Learn why Destination Sports Choose Philadelphia.
For 30 years, PHL Sports has brought major sporting events and conventions to Philadelphia. In 2019, Philadelphia Eagles President Don Smolenski became the new chair of PHL Sports, following the legendary David Montgomery who held the role for 10 years. The PHL Sports Advisory board is comprised of 90 sports leaders, including the city’s six collegiate athletic directors, professional team executives and City officials, among many others.
PHL Sports engages a wide range of community partners to promote and position Philadelphia as a top destination for marquee sporting events. Home to ten professional sports teams and some of the country’s premier sports venues, Philadelphia continues to be a destination of choice for top sporting events.
Baseball: In April 2019, Major League Baseball announced that the Philadelphia Phillies and the City of Philadelphia had been awarded the 2026 MLB All-Star Game and accompanying All-Star Week events. This was a collaborative win for the Phillies, the City and PHL Sports.
Soccer: David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, was announced as Chair of the 2026 Philadelphia Bid Committee and is leading a regional effort towards securing matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. A decision is expected in 2021. Philadelphia also hosted the U.S. Women’s National Team World Cup Victory Tour in August, and the crowd of 49,504 set the record for the most fans to ever see the U.S. Women play for a stand-alone friendly.
Football: The 2019 Army-Navy Game welcomed 70,000 fans to the Philadelphia region. The 120th Army-Navy Game was held on December 14, 2019, at Lincoln Financial Field, marking the 89th time Philadelphia hosted the storied rivalry.
In 2019, hotel partners in Philadelphia County set an all-time high for number of hotel rooms sold over Army-Navy Weekend (32,635, Up 1.9% YOY), and room revenue generated ($8.6 M, Up 4.7% YOY).