Philadelphia is a living laboratory for the sport, recreation, tourism, and hospitality industries. As the United States’ fifth-largest city, Philadelphia is a premier destination for visitors from around the world. Home to 13,000 hotel rooms in Center City, over 700 Zagat-rated restaurants, a thriving and growing casino and gaming scene, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center – one of the nation’s largest – the city provides countless opportunities for applied learning. Powered by two dynamic destination marketing organizations – Visit Philadelphia and the PHL Convention & Visitors Bureau – Philadelphia attracts thousands of visitors to see and experience attractions like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Zoo.
In addition, Philadelphia is host to world and national events including the 2015 Papal visit, the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and the 2017 NFL Draft. Annual events such as Wawa Welcome America held every July, the Philadelphia Flower Show (the nation’s largest), and the Budweiser Made in America Festival (music fest founded by Jay Z) held every Labor Day weekend, provide ample opportunities for experiential learning at the highest level.
Philadelphia is America’s Sport Destination. Home to the Phillies, Eagles, 76ers, Flyers, and Union, the city offers students and fans a venue to experience all five major sports. Additionally, Philadelphia is home to the Philadelphia Soul (an arena football team) and the Philadelphia Freedom (world team tennis) to offer a diverse sports scene. The city is also a national destination for college athletics with over 85 NCAA college athletics programs within 25 miles of Temple University’s campus. Offering world-class venues, Philadelphia is also routinely a host for major national and international sporting events such as the Army-Navy game, the U.S. Open (golf) the X-Games, All-Star games, US Olympic trials, and NCAA events such as March Madness basketball and the Frozen Four. Finally, home to one of the country’s most active Parks & Recreation departments and the world’s largest urban park – Fairmount Park – Philadelphia is an ideal place to study and experience the sport and recreation industries.