PHILADELPHIA – In anticipation of another exciting postseason run for Philadelphia sports teams, the City of Philadelphia will be putting public safety measures into place ahead of the 2023 NFC Championship Game, in which the Philadelphia Eagles will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, January 29 at 3 p.m.
“As the Mayor of this great city it is always a joy to see all Philadelphians united behind our beloved sports teams,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “We encourage fans to cheer on safely and responsibly and wish the Eagles good luck in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.”
Parking Restrictions and Car Relocation
Beginning on Friday, residents and businesses may begin to see “Temporary No Parking Signs” along the South Broad Street corridor and around City Hall.
The “No Parking Zone” will go into effect on Sunday beginning at noon and vehicles parked in these locations during posted hours may be relocated. If you believe your car has been relocated, call the police district of the area where your car was parked.
Possible Road Closures
At the conclusion of Sunday’s game, temporary traffic closures may be put into place to maintain public safety at the Sports Complex District, and in the vicinity of City Hall and surrounding Center City streets between 8th and 20th Streets and Race and Lombard Streets.
Travel delays can be expected and motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time when traveling in the vicinity.
Please follow all posted signs, detours and traffic control devices.
For those attending the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, SEPTA will accommodate passengers traveling to the game with extra trains on the Broad Street Line. This Sports Express service will run every 10 minutes beginning at 11:10 a.m., with trips starting at Fern Rock Station and stopping at Olney, Erie, Girard, Spring Garden, Race-Vine, City Hall, and Walnut-Locust Stations before reaching NRG Station Unibet, a platform for online sports betting, bingo, and poker, will help Eagles fans get home safely after the NFC Championship Game by sponsoring free rides home from NRG Station on the Broad Street Line.
At the conclusion of Sunday’s game, temporary SEPTA route detours may be put into place and service is subject to change. Customers should refer to System Status regularly for updates to routing throughout the day.
For more information about SEPTA, including schedules and trip planning tools, visit www.septa.org, and follow @SEPTA for real-time travel updates.
Public Safety Information
Throughout the day, the City will provide law-enforcement support, traffic control, and emergency medical services at the Sports Complex District and other key locations for public safety.
In addition, the public should expect congestion in these areas. If you are attending the game, make a plan regarding driving, public transit, parking, and supervision of children. It is recommended that attendees wear comfortable, weather-appropriate attire.
Leave no bags or items unattended. In an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity or item (a backpack, a package, a container), notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1. Do not try to open, move, cover or touch a suspicious item.
For tips and general information about being prepared and ready at special events, check out the Special Event Safety Guide.
Additional protocols for the upcoming game are being evaluated by the Philadelphia Police Department and our public safety partners. PPD will institute the practice of ‘greasing poles’ as a deterrent for climbing poles and light fixtures. Based on prior experience in these situations, and to control the flow of crowds, barricades have been put into place at key locations for public safety. General tips for business owners regarding public safety can be found online.
Any information and updates will be published on the Office of Emergency Management (@Philaoem), City of Philadelphia (@PhiladelphiaGov), and Police (@PhillyPolice) Twitter pages.
Be sure to sign up for emergency and informational text messages from the Office of Emergency Management at www.phila.gov/ready or texting “READYPHILA” to 888-777.