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Beth Maiman | | February 7, 2017

Penn celebrates 90th anniversary of The Palestra

  The Palestra celebrated its 90th birthday on Tuesday night with a celebration before the Quakers' game.

On Tuesday night, Penn celebrated the 90th year of The Palestra when the men's basketball team faced off against Princeton. 

The Palestra first opened during the 1926-27 basketball season when Penn defeated Yale 26-15 on Jan. 1, 1927.

The Palestra, also known as "The Cathedral of College Basketball," at one point was the home court for five schools in the Philadelphia area with La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova all playing there. The Palestra has hosted more regular-season and postseason NCAA men's basketball games, more visiting teams and more NCAA tournaments than any other U.S. arena.

Penn students were able to pre-purchase game tickets for 55 cents, which was the price of a ticket to that original Penn-Yale game in 1927. In addition, fans could buy 90 cent popcorn in honor of the anniversary, and a pregame fan fast served Philly-themed food. And there was a pretty awesome cake in the building, too. 

Some notable names to play on the court at The Palestra include Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, LeBron James and Chris Paul.  


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