The 2010 Penn Relays continue to experience various changes to the facility because of the closing and reconstruction of South Street Bridge and progress on the development of the Athletic Department grounds.

Check the Relays website (http://ThePennRelays.com) regularly for maps and updates.

  • South Street Bridge: The bridge is still under construction and is unusable, and South Street along the stadium remains a one way street traveling west.
  • Packet Pick-Up: Registration and packet pick-up remains at the same area on the floor of The Palestra. Early registration and packet pick-up remains in the Relays Office. Packet pick-up schedule (http://www.thepennrelays.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1720&KEY=&ATCLID=204927326). Coaches require a Photo ID and only the coach or assistant coach provided during registration can pick-up packets.
  • Parking for Early Packet Pick-up: University garages and parking lots remain the same, however. There is no parking in the area between Franklin Field and the packet pick-up locations in Hutchinson Gym and The Palestra. Plan for street parking, or bring two people so one can pick up the packet while the other stays with the car.
  • Parking During the Relays: Parking on the days of the event is also available in limited quantities in University garages and lots and with street parking. We suggest using Campus Park and Ride (http://www.campusparkandride.com/). There is a shuttle service from the Park and Ride location to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, across from the Southwest corner of Franklin Field.
  • Bus Drop-Off and Pick-Up: There will be NO drop-off or pick-up allowed on 33rd Street between South Street and Walnut Street. This includes the area directly in front of the stadium and Weightman Hall. As Penn goes Green, please be aware of Philadelphia Idling laws, which prohibit buses from idling while not occupied by passengers.
  • Public Transportation: Public transportation, particularly by regional rail, subway and trolley, remains the best option for spectators traveling to the Relays: (http://www.thepennrelays.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1720&KEY=&ATCLID=1403540) Regional rail (R1, R2, R3) has a University City stop, which is directly behind Franklin Field.
  • Stadium Entrance: Most construction on the North side of the stadium has been completed, returning the north side of the stadium and the concourse to its status prior to 2009. Athletes will enter the stadium from the north side gate nearest The Palestra (as in years prior to 2009).
  • Village Location: The village returns to the north side of the stadium on the site of the tennis courts and former parking lot.
  • Spectator Seating: Thursday and Friday seating is Reserved on the North side, with the remainder being unassigned General Admission. All Saturday seating is Reserved (assigned seats), including the horseshoe upper deck. Tickets will be sold on the day of the meet, but Saturday tickets are selling quickly and are best purchased on line (ThePennRelays.com).
  • Athlete/Coach Seating: Seating will be in the horseshoe and South Street grandstands on Thursday and Friday, and in the South Street upper deck on Saturday. No athletes or coaches will be allowed in the north stands (the relay homestretch) as this area is restricted to those spectators with reserved seats for that area.
  • Participants Passes: Passes are given for each day separately (no more two-day passes) but in the same numbers as in previous years. Passes must be affixed to outer garments (sweat suits, etc.) and worn throughout the day. Attempting to take the pass off the garment will cause the pass to tear and become void, nullifying any re-admittance to Franklin Field that day. Passes will not be replaced.
  • Numbers Pick-Up: High school and club coaches will continue to pick-up bib letters for relay events at the bib numbers/letters area near the archway at the left end of the scoreboard. College coaches will continue to pick up bibs for relay events when they pick up there participant’s passes. All individual event athletes will continue to get their bib numbers at the site of their event.
  • Warm-Up: Space is extremely limited as the former warm-up area at Bower Field is under construction. One available area is Hill Field, a block-and-a-half away from Franklin Field, bounded by 33rd and 34th Streets on the East and West, and by Chestnut Street on the north.
  • Paddock and Clerking: The main paddock remains the same, but the extended paddock that formerly ran down the driveway to the street is now located under the scoreboard. The back of the paddock will be near the area where bib numbers/letters are distributed. Clothes and bags should not be left under the scoreboard while clerking, but should be handed to the coach or an assistant until the athletes come off the track.
  • Expedited Entry: Those athletes who have a race within half an hour may enter the back of the paddock by coming to the gate behind the sprints starting area.
  • Throwing Events: Because of the demolition of South Street Bridge, the shot put, discus and hammer throws have been moved to the area where the javelin has long been held and remains.
  • Results Board: Results may be viewed on the board now located in the archway opposite the area where the bib numbers/letters are distributed.
  • Awards: Awards will be distributed in the same archway as the location of the Results Board, opposite the area where the bib numbers/letters are distributed.
  • Concessions: Concessions will be available in the village and throughout the concourses.
  • Sports Medicine: Access to the Sports Medicine area where the Penn Relays trainers and doctors will work is still through the archway to the left of the scoreboard.
  • Referees Table and Protests: The referees’ table (where protests and appeals may be filed) is located on the inside of the fence opposite the archway to the right of the scoreboard.