An ongoing Franklin Field renovation will limit access to certain areas of the facility this season, meaning that all fans will be in the north side stands.
Home to several University of Pennsylvania athletic programs–including football–Franklin Field first opened in 1895, and was rebuilt in 1922. The facility is in the midst of a multiphase renovation, aimed at reinforcing concrete.
In the current phase, work is taking place in Franklin Field’s lower east and upper south sections. To accommodate that work, the arrangement for football games this season will call for all fans to take in the action from the stadium’s north side stands. In addition, Penn will relocate its sideline to accommodate construction. More from The Daily Pennsylvanian:
As a result of the construction, all fans — including those supporting Penn opponents, will be congregated on the north side of the stadium.
“We’re excited for how this will look on television because the cameras will be shooting where the fans are for once,” [Penn Athletic Communications Associate Director Chas] Dorman said.
The east entrance will still remain open in a limited capacity in order for the players to access the locker rooms and enter and exit the stadium.
The renovation project is unfolding in this fashion to ensure that Franklin Field is still usable for events while work continues. The football program will play its 2019 home opener on October 4.
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