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Why the Palestra is nicknamed the "Cathedral of College Basketball"

(03/04/21 1:20am)

The Palestra, known as the “Cathedral of College Basketball,” is the iconic home for Penn's basketball teams. Built in 1927, the Palestra acquired its name from Greek professor William N. Bates after the ancient Greek term “palæstra,” a rectangular enclosure connected to a gymnasium in which athletes would compete in front of an audience.