CVM Continues the Rehabilitation of Penn’s Franklin Field

This summer, CVM made significant progress on the second and third phases of a planned five-phase program intended to rehabilitate the concrete grandstands of the nation’s oldest active college football stadium.

Celebrating its 125th birthday this month, the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field has been the home to Penn football and the Penn Relays since 1895. The modern stadium, completed in 1925, still hosts Quaker football and the Penn Relays, as well as other campus events.

The project team also included JJ White Inc. (contractor), PULLMAN (concrete repair), Rampart Hydro Services (hydrodemolition) and Vector Construction (sacrificial anode installation).

The home opener for the Quakers and the official celebration of Franklin Field’s 125th birthday is tonight (Friday, October 4) against Dartmouth. Kicking off at 7 PM with live coverage on ESPNU, the game comes nearly 125 years to the day of Franklin Field’s first home opener, a 40-0 Quaker victory over Swarthmore College.

Grandstands were blasted with a 30,000 PSI water pressure lance, removing previous coatings.
Workers dispersed across the grandstand. The visible holes in the stand are where failing concrete .
Electric chipping hammers break up failing concrete, hastening removal.
The already-rehabilitated north stand.