Historic Palestra floor makes a rebound

Known as the “Cathedral of Basketball,” the Palestra opened in 1927 and has grown into one of the most historic collegiate arenas in the nation. The celebrated gymnasium has hosted more games and visiting teams and NCAA tournament games than any other college facility in the country.

Greg Johnson

Putting the Palestra on film

Mikaelyn Austin remembers visiting the Palestra as a high school senior, during her Penn recruiting trip, and seeing a photo of former Penn basketball star Michael Jordan sitting atop one of the arena’s hoops, swinging the recently cut net over his head after a momentus win.

Tim Hyland

Law prof gets handed a labor football

This past January, while half the country was huddled around the TV watching the Super Bowl and scarfing down Buffalo wings, David Berger Professor of Law Stephen Burbank was in sunny San Diego, taking it all in live.

Sandy Smith

In the News

Why this New York Jets linebacker wants to help Penn undergrads manage their money

Brandon Copeland, a Penn alum and New York Jets linebacker, wished he’d taken a personal finance course to learn the basics of budgeting, investing, retirement planning, and career basics. Now he’s teaching that very undergraduate class.


Penn looking to put one championship behind while chasing another

The next challenge for men’s basketball is an exclusively Ivy League competition, six straight weekends of grueling Friday-Saturday back-to-backs, on the heels of the Big 5 win at the Palestra.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Women’s basketball: Penn’s 9-3 start fueled by former role players

Some players in the starting lineup are shifting from no-starts to being regular contributors this season.


Women’s college basketball: Going through contenders for City Six player of the year

Eleah Parker,the reigning Ivy League and Big 5 rookie of the year, and Ashley Russell, who ranks first in the Ivy in assist/turnover ratio, are the two Penn players in contention for City Six player of the year:


The Athletic

Tales from the Palestra: Big 5 icons tell their favorite stories from the old arena

LeBron, spectators throwing streamers, and others sneaking in through window—reflections on the Palestra’s storied history.