Sesquicentennial Stadium (1926)
Philadelphia Municipal Stadium (1926-1964)
John F. Kennedy Stadium (1964-1992)
S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Opened April 15, 1926
Closed July 13, 1989
Owner City of Philadelphia
Architect Simon & Simon
Philadelphia Quakers (AFL) (1926)
Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) (1936-1939, 1941)
Liberty Bowl (NCAA) (1959-1963)
ArmyNavy Game (NCAA) (1936-1979)
Philadelphia Bell (WFL) (1974)
The stadium's first tenants (in 1926) were the
Philadelphia Quakers of the first American Football League, whose Saturday
afternoon home games were a popular mainstay of the Exposition. The
Quakers won the league championship but the league folded after one
A decade later, the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League
started a four-season stint as tenants of Philadelphia Municipal Stadium
before moving to Shibe Park for the 1940 season. The Eagles returned
to Municipal Stadium in 1941, and back to Shibe Park in 1942, where
they would play through 1957.
The Eagles also used the stadium for practices in the 1970s and 1980s,
even locating their first practice bubble there before moving it to
the Veterans Stadium parking lot following the stadium's condemnation.
The stadium became known chiefly as the "neutral" venue for
a total of 42 annual ArmyNavy Games played there between 1936
to 1979, and during the 1960s it served as Navy's home field when they
played Notre Dame.
A.F. Bud Dudley, a former Villanova University athletic-director,
created the Liberty Bowl in Philadelphia in 1959. The game was played
at Municipal Stadium and was the only cold-weather bowl game of its
time. It was plagued by poor attendance; the 1963 game between Mississippi
State and NC State drew less than 10,000 fans and absorbed a loss in
excess of $40,000. The Liberty Bowls best game was its first in
1959, when 38,000 fans watched Penn State beat Alabama, 7-0.
The stadium hosted Philadelphia's City Title high school football championship
game in 1939 and 1978. St. Joe's Prep defeated Northeast, 27 to 6, in
1939. Frankford beat Wood, 27 to 7, in heavy rain in 1978.
The stadium was home to the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football
League in 1974; the team played at Franklin Field in 1975.
On September 23, 1926, an announced crowd of 120,557 packed the then-new
Stadium during a rainstorm to witness Gene Tunney capture the world
heavyweight boxing title from Jack Dempsey. Undefeated Rocky Marciano
knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott at the stadium in 1952 to win boxing's
JFK Stadium hosted Team America's soccer match against England on May
31, 1976 as part of the 1976 U.S.A. Bicentennial Cup Tournament. In
the game, England defeated Team America, 3-1, in front of a small crowd