Where to Watch College Football in Philadelphia


Fall is on the way, and that means college football. While Philadelphia may not be the nation's premiere college football city, but the city is filled with fans of college football fans from schools near and far.

There's no Big Five in football- while Penn and Villanova field football teams and play in on-campus stadiums, and Temple plays at Lincoln Financial Field, St. Joseph's University dropped football in 1939, La Salle stopped playing in 2007, and Drexel gave up football in 1973, although there is an improv troupe on campus that calls itself "The Drexel Football Team."

But of course, Penn State might have more football fans in the Philadelphia area than any school in city. And other big schools from further away, from Pitt to Notre Dame, have big fan bases in Philly.

So if you're a college football fan in Philadelphia, you can watch the games on TV- if you still have cable, there are roughly 15 games on TV on any given Saturday afternoon in the fall. Or, you can go to a local bar that's associated with your favorite team.

For Penn fans
The Quakers play their home football games at Franklin Field, the classic stadium that dates back to the 19th century and was the Eagles' home stadium in the 1960s. Should the Quakers be on the road against their Ivy League opponents, most of their games are televised locally, and you can catch the games at such West Philly haunts as City Tap House or Drinker's West.

For Temple fans
Following its best season in decades in 2015, Temple University is looking to build an on-campus football stadium, a plan currently steeped in great controversy. But in the meantime, the Owls play their home games at the Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field, on the opposite end of Broad Street. For road games, there are always bars around campus like Draught Horse Bar and Grill and Pub Webb.


For Villanova fans
They may have won the national championship in basketball, but the Wildcats play football too, out on the Main Line and in the Colonial Athletic Association. Home games are played at Villanova Stadium; for bars near campus there's Kelly's Tap Room and Erin Pub, both on Lancaster Avenue.


For Penn State fans
For PSU's large fan club in Philadelphia, they won't get a chance to see their team in Philadelphia this year; the Nittany Lions' game against Temple is in State College. But if they can't make it to Beaver Stadium, Penn Staters can watch their favorite team at Field House, near Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.

For Notre Dame fans
South Bend, Indiana, may be pretty far from Philly, but it remains one of the most popular teams in town, for those with Irish ancestry and without. To watch the Fighting Irish outside the home? Try any Irish bar- especially McGillin's Olde Ale House, The Irish Pub or Tir na nog.

Stephen Silver is a journalist who has lived in Philadelphia for 11 years. A father of two, his work has appeared in Philadelphia Magazine, New York Press, SB Nation, The Daily Banter, CSNPhilly.com, the Good Men Project, Chatterblast's The Lightning Strike, Splice Today, Screenrant.com and the Philadelphia area's Patch websites. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.