Twenty miles and 240 years apart, these
landmark events signify the region as a
citadel of the American experience.
Hosting the gridiron classic for the 88th
time, partners led by the CVB’s dedicated
sports division executed the event with
customary operational precision. Valley
Forge’s leadership, closely identifying
with its legacy, prioritizes winning group
outcomes. For meetings and events, it’s
An intimate CVB-led Army-Navy media
fam last December provided compelling
insight into Philadelphia’s hosting prowess,
venue diversity and expanding product set.
Our weekend base, Cambria Hotel
Philadelphia Downtown Center City, is
among nine scheduled new or upgraded
flags adding 1,900-plus rooms from last
year on, as soaring international visitation
Just a 12-minute stroll from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, this stylish 223-room
Avenue of the Arts newcomer offers 1,700-
plus square feet of flexible space. Nearby,
the 52-story, dual-branded 295-room W
Philadelphia and 460-room Element Philadelphia is scheduled for January 2020. Highly
anticipated, too, is Four Seasons Philadelphia’s slated mid-2019 reopening atop the
new 60-story Comcast Center.
Conceived by the Philadelphia CVB in
2003, the Patriot Games is an Army-Navy
tradition pitting Cadets against Midshipmen in five physical and mental team
challenges. Accompanied by the Rocky
theme song and Rocky impersonator John
Monforto, first was a relay sprint up the
famed “Rocky steps” of the Philadelphia
Museum of Art. The 1928 landmark is currently undergoing a total physical transformation master planned by star architect
Frank Gehry, slated for 2020.
Hosting the outdoor Leadership Reaction Course, the Independence Visitor
Center, undergoing a phased $15 million expansion, offers prime indoor and
outdoor space in the second-level Liberty
View event venue.
Center City skyscraper One Liberty
Place, staging the Pull-Up Challenge in its
Shops level, offers the enclosed 57th-floor
observation deck for tours and events.
Completing the Patriot Games were the
Tug of War on the event-capable USS New
Jersey battleship in Camden, N.J., and
gameday Stadium Obstacle Relay at Lincoln Financial Field.
Dignitaries attending the Army-Navy
Gala, staged in the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s national landmark Grand
Hall, the magnificent former Reading
Terminal Train Shed, included NFL legend
and Navy veteran Roger Staubach and
Philadelphia CVB President and CEO Julie
Emcee Ron “Jaws” Jaworski, who quarterbacked the Philadelphia Eagles in the
In June 1778, following the punishing winter encampment at Valley Forge, Pa., the Continental Army, under Gen. George Washington, resumed the Revolutionary War campaign with renewed
determination and strategic confidence. In December
2018, preceding the 119th annual Army-Navy football
game, the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets
paraded onto Lincoln Financial Field in the stirring
“March On” ceremony.
VALLEY FORGE PARK DOWNTOWN PHILADELPHIA ARMY NAVY GAME
MIDSHIPMEN WITH ROCKY IMPERSONATOR JOHN
MONFORTO AT ROCKY STEPS, PHILADELPHIA
Teamwork drives meetings to Philadelphia, Valley Forge and Montgomery County
BY JEFF HEILMAN