Big 5 Classic On Sale Now

Tickets for the first-ever Big 5 Classic, which will be held at the completely transformed, built-for-basketball New Wells Fargo Center on December 2, are on sale now. Tickets for the tripleheader start at just $45 and are good for all three matchups. Group and premium ticket options are also available at


“The Wells Fargo Center was built for basketball and hockey when it was first constructed in 1996, and the completely transformed New Wells Fargo Center remains a world-class basketball facility right in the heart of South Philadelphia,” said Michael Sulkes, General Manager of the New Wells Fargo Center. “We can’t wait to bring the historic Big 5 rivalries to our arena, and we hope that this is the beginning of a new Philadelphia basketball tradition.”


Last April, the Big 5 officially welcomed Drexel University and revealed details of a new series format where the Big 5 champion will be determined during a same-day, Big 5 tripleheader in South Philadelphia.


Just last month, the Big 5 announced its new round-robin schedule which will determine the tripleheader matchups at Wells Fargo Center.


For the 2023-24 season, Pod 1 features Drexel, La Salle and Temple while Pod 2 features Penn, Saint Joseph’s and Villanova.


2023-24 Philadelphia Big 5 Men’s Basketball Schedule

(All game times TBA by host school)

  • Monday, Nov. 6 – Drexel at La Salle
  • Friday, Nov. 10 – Penn at Saint Joseph’s
  • Monday, Nov. 13 – Villanova at Penn
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14 – Temple at Drexel
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29 – Saint Joseph’s at Villanova
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29 – La Salle at Temple
  • Saturday, Dec. 2 – Big 5 Classic Tripleheader at Wells Fargo Center


All teams will participate in the Big 5 Classic tripleheader with the first seed in each pod competing for the Big 5 championship, the second-place teams in each pod competing for third place, and the third seeds competing for fifth place.


The New Wells Fargo Center, which is currently in the final stage of its multi-year $400 million transformation, has been the site of numerous NCAA Tournament games, including the NCAA Men’s East Regionals (twice), the NCAA Men’s First and Second Round Games (three times), and the 2000 NCAA Women’s Final Four. Wells Fargo Center is set to host the NCAA Men’s First & Second Round Games in 2026. The arena holds the record for the highest attendance for a college basketball game in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which took place on January 29, 2017, when No. 1 Villanova University used a last-second tip-in to beat No. 24 University of Virginia before a crowd of 20,907. 

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Drexel, La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph's, Temple & Villanova