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Uwishunu Feature published on November 1, 2022

Wall Street Journal: Philadelphia Is the “Sports Capital of the Universe”

What a time to be a Philly sports fan...

Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Phillies

Our time is now, Philly.

Maybe you’ve heard that our sports team are having a moment. Let’s count the ways:

  • The Philadelphia Phillies are in the World Series right now.
  • The Philadelphia Union are in the MLS Championship game this coming Saturday.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles are undefeated at 7-0.
  • The Philadelphia Flyers are off to a great start at 5-2-1.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers … are working on it!

It’s not just the Philly faithful who are on board with our top-performing sports teams — it’s national media as well.

Case in point: Wall Street Journal writer Jason Gay’s recent article : “In Praise of Philadelphia, Sudden Paradise of Sports.”

That feels nice, no?

In the article, Gay comes right out and says what we’ve all been thinking: “Philadelphia’s the sports capital of the universe.”


While Gay calls out five of Philly’s professional sports teams, he focuses mainly on the Eagles and Phillies.

For the Iggles: “The Eagles are rolling. They’re rolling so much that the NFL cognoscenti have accepted their rollingness.”

And: “The script has been flipped. Philadelphia’s not the underdog town, parrying their own low expectations and tired cheap shots about Santa Claus and snowballs. It’s very possible the road to the Lombardi will have to go through the Eagles’ noisy nest. In January. You want a piece of that crowd?”

As for the Fightin’s ? They’ve “sprinkled magic dust on their city and the baseball playoffs.”

Gay ends his piece with a rhetorical: “Do you really want to bet against Philadelphia right now? I don’t.”

We don’t either — and we can’t wait to see what comes next.

A Complete Guide to the Phillies in the 2022 World Series

For more about the Phillies’ World Series run — including where to watch the games, where to buy merch, where to buy food for your watch parties and more — check out our complete guide to the Phillies in the World Series .

Philadelphia Phillies player Bryce Harper screams in triumph while kneeling on one knee after scoring at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia Philadelphia Phillies player Bryce Harper screams in triumph while kneeling on one knee after scoring at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia

— Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Phillies

Where to Cheer on the Philadelphia Union in the MLS Championship

The Philadelphia Union — who led the Eastern Conference practically wire to wire this season — pulled off an epic win in Chester to advance to the MLS Championship game. Incredible!

The game is set to take place in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 5, 2022, but fans can head to one of four official watch parties to cheer on the boys in blue.

Those looking to watch the game on familiar grounds at Subaru Park need to register for a ticket , while an RSVP is required for the watch parties at XFINITY Live!, Chickie’s & Pete’s in Malvern and P.J. Whelihan’s in Downingtown.

The Sons of Ben shared 13 more sports bars, restaurants and breweries to watch as well, including Gran Caffe L’Aquila, Yards Brewing Company, Brauhaus Schmitz and more.

How to Use Visit Philadelphia’s New “We Believe” Instagram Filter

Want to show off your civic pride? We got you covered.

When you’re watching the game, toasting at a tailgate or (fingers crossed) celebrating in the streets, head to Visit Philly’s Instagram page and click the “three stars” icon above the photo gallery to access our “We Believe” filter.

A hand holds a phone with Visit Philadelphia's We Believe filter in front of two people smiling A hand holds a phone with Visit Philadelphia's We Believe filter in front of two people smiling

Where to Find Cheer Cards in Philadelphia

Looking for more ways to show off your Philly fandom (read: phandom)?

The team at Visit Philadelphia (us!) has created cheer cards touting Philly sports teams and what we believe as fans. (Example: “Cheese and steak go together like pretzels and mustard.”)

These cheer cards are available for free at the following restaurants and attractions throughout the city while supplies last:

  • XFINITY Live! (1100 Pattison Avenue)
  • McGillin's Olde Ale House (1310 Drury Street)
  • Pat's Steaks (1237 E. Passyunk Avenue)
  • Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia (900 Packer Avenue)
  • Rivers Casino (1001 N. Delaware Avenue)
  • Independence Visitor Center (599 Market Street)
  • Cavanaugh's (1921 Samson Street)
  • Yards Brewing Co. (500 Spring Garden Street)
  • Craft Hall (901 N. Delaware Avenue)
  • Victory Brewing Company (1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway)
  • Reading Terminal Market (1136 Arch Street)
  • Philadelphia Zoo (3400 W. Girard Avenue)
  • The Franklin Institute (222 N. 20th Street)
  • Figo (1033 N. 2nd Street)
  • Uptown Beer Garden (1500 John F. Kennedy Boulevard)
  • Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South Street)
  • Sofitel (120 S. 17th Street)
  • Evil Genius Brewing (1727 N. Front Street)
  • North Bowl (909 N. 2nd Street)
  • Lamberti Pizza (707 Chestnut Street)
  • Osteria Restaurant (640 N. Broad Street)
  • Philly AIDS Thrift (710 S. 5th Street)
  • Bridget Foys (200 South Street)
  • Dim Sum House (1930 Chestnut Street)
  • Giovani's Bar & Grill (1533 Chestnut Street)

Visit Philly Overnight Package

The Perfect Hotel Package for an Easy Philly Escape

The Visit Philly Overnight Package — booked more than 190,000 times since 2001 — comes with free hotel parking (worth up to $100 in Center City Philadelphia), overnight hotel accommodations and choose-your-own-adventure perks.

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