John F. Kennedy Stadium was an important part of the sports and entertainment landscape of Philadelphia for a very long time. It hosted some incredible games and memorable moments from the sports world. It also was home to some big name concerts over the years too.
Here is a look at some fun facts and little known info about John F. Kennedy Stadium which once graced Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
-The stadium opened in 1926 as Sesquicentennial Stadium and was quickly renamed Philadelphia Municipal Stadium. It then changed it’s name in 1964 in memory of John F. Kennedy who had been assassinated the previous year.
-John F. Kennedy Stadium was closed in the summer of 1989 and was later demolished in 1992.
-The stadium was home to the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League from 1936 to 1939 and then again in 1941.
-The American portion of the historic Live Aid concert of 1985 was hosted at JFK Stadium.
-The Liberty Bowl that is now played in Memphis, Tennessee got it’s start in Philadelphia in Philadelphia Municipal Stadium. It was played there from 1959 to 1963 before moving for one year to Atlantic City and then on to Memphis.
-Some of the many notable musical acts to perform at John F. Kennedy Stadium included The Beatles, Peter Frampton, The J. Geils Band, The Supremes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, Foreigner, Blondie, The Clash, The Who, Santana, Journey, Sammy Hagar, Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and Sting.
-Judy Garland’s last concert in America took place at JFK Stadium in 1968.
-The last concert performance there was given by the Grateful Dead in 1989 with Bruce Hornsby & The Range as the opening act. The last song played in the stadium was Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.
-From 1936 to 1979, Philadelphia Municipal Stadium and later John F. Kennedy Stadium was home to the yearly Army-Navy college football game.
-The stadium was home to two notable professional heavyweight championship boxing matches during it’s lifetime. In 1926 Gene Tunney won the title from Jack Dempsey there and in 1952 an undefeated Rocky Marciano knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott there.
-A second professional football team called the stadium home in 1974 when the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League played there.
-During parts of the 1970’s and 1980’s, John F. Kennedy Stadium served as the practice field for the Philadelphia Eagles while they played their games at Veterans Stadium.
-The first football team to call the stadium home were the Philadelphia Quakers of the original American Football League in 1926.
-The stadium was also home to the Frankford Yellow Jackets of the NFL in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s until that team folded.
-The Wells Fargo Center now sits on the site that was once JFK Stadium.