November 20, 1986 |
The Big 5 opens its 31st season tomorrow night, when Temple and Villanova, who have all but defected from the Palestra as their main base of operations, open play in the pre-season National Invitation Tournament. The Owls will visit Virginia, while Villanova, in its own duPont Pavilion, hosts Howard. The Palestra has been painted and remodeled, while the capacity has been reduced from 9,208 to 8,700. In celebration of the arena's 60th birthday, North Carolina, the preseason No. 1 pick in the nation, and Notre Dame - whose coach Digger Phelps has roots to the building - will come to visit on Jan. 3. Penn will play Notre Dame in the afternoon, and La Salle will play North Carolina in the evening.
October 20, 1997 |
An hour before tip-off, there were maybe a dozen cars lined up to wedge their way into the infamous Palestra parking lot. A half-hour before the first American Basketball League game in Philadelphia, the legendary west lobby may not have been claustrophobic like it often was before a serious Big 5 game. But there wasn't all that much room to move, the lines for the will call and regular ticket windows snaking outside the doors. Just before the Philadelphia Rage and Atlanta Glory came on to the court for layup lines, maybe two dozen people were waiting in line for a chance to buy Rage paraphernalia - sweat shirts, hats, miniballs, programs.
November 30, 1988 |
Drexel beat St. Joseph's last season, for the first time since 1978. In fact, the Dragons thumped the Hawks, 81-64. But Drexel coach Eddie Burke thinks the score might have been a bit misleading. "We caught them at a real good time," Burke said. "The day before, they had beaten Villanova on a buzzer-beater, and I think they were still on that emotional high. Plus, (senior point guard Mike) Anderson just had one of those unbelievable games. So we had a lot of things going our way. " Drexel trails the series, 24-6 (the teams did not play for five seasons, beginning in 1982-83)
March 6, 1995 |
Each moment is special now. Whatever happens is happening for the last time. The five Penn seniors cut down the nets Friday night, celebrating their third consecutive Ivy League title after defeating Brown. There were no tears. Saturday night, the seniors said goodbye to the Palestra and the Palestra said goodbye to them. There were tears, from the star player, from the coach. Penn smashed Yale, 82-57, for its 42nd consecutive Ivy League win. For the Quakers (21-5 overall, 13-0 in the league)
September 14, 2011 |
LIKE JUST about every NBA player who doesn't know if and when the upcoming season will begin, Sacramento Kings star Tyreke Evans has busied himself preparing as if there will be in the near future. And just like many of his peers, he is no closer to knowing what's going on than the fans who pay to see him play. "People think that we know more because we're players, but we're just like them, we're clueless," Evans said yesterday at the Science and Discovery High School in his native Chester, where he was joining with VSP Vision Care to help provide free eye exams to students in need.
August 16, 2013 |
LA SALLE and Temple have agreed to move their games to the Palestra the next two seasons. This season's game (Saturday, Jan. 18, noon) will be preceded by ESPN College GameDay. Tickets will be split evenly between the schools. The game, which will be on ESPN or ESPN2, would have been at Gola Arena this season and at the Liacouras Center next season. The Palestra game will be the culmination of ESPN's "My Home Court" initiative - a weeklong celebration of college hoops' best venues.
January 25, 2007 |
The Big Five will hold its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at 5:30 tonight at the Palestra. The late John McAdams, the longtime Big Five and Palestra public address announcer, will be honored. McAdams passed away in June 2005. Diana Caramanico, Penn's all-time leading scorer, will be enshrined, as will former La Salle star Jen Zenszer.
May 2, 2013 |
Commissioner Mike Aresco and some staffers of the newly named American Athletic Conference were in Philadelphia on Tuesday, stopping at member school Temple, then touring the Palestra, a possible site for the postseason conference basketball tournament. "We're definitely interested," Aresco said in a phone call from 30th Street Station after seeing the Palestra. "It's a revered place in college basketball. Given our druthers, we're looking for a smaller arena, more intimate, at least in the beginning.
June 29, 2007 |
Being from San Diego, Mikaelyn Austin didn't know a little bit about Philadelphia basketball. And she knew even less about the storied Palestra. That all changed one stormy winter weekend in 1999. And now Austin is telling the story of the famed building in a documentary film titled: "The Palestra: Cathedral of Basketball. " It will make its network debut on July 5 at 10 p.m. on ESPN Classic and also will air on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 8 a.m. It will be rebroadcast on ESPN Classic on Wednesday, July 11 at 10 p.m.; Monday, July 16 at 9 p.m.; and Friday, July 27 at 9 a.m. Austin played for the Quakers from 2000 to '04, and discovered her appreciation for the Palestra as abruptly as the chilling East Coast weather hit her that weekend.
January 31, 1986 |
Villanova gets a chance to show off its brand new on-campus arena on national television tomorrow. Meanwhile, on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the Palestra is starting to show its age lines. The old lady on 33rd Street is still one of the the best places in the country to watch a game. In fact, Lennox Rawlings, a fine writer from Winston- Salem, N.C., recently referred to the 9,208-seat building as "The Wrigley Field of college basketball. " In some ways, however, the Palestra desperately needs to enter the 20th century.