The basic elements of football started at Penn's Franklin Field, Harvard Stadium and the Yale Bowl three of our four oldest stadiums. Today they stand as monuments to the past, having essentially shaped college football and college athletics on the whole as we know them.
The Philadelphia stadium was built in 1895 at a cost of $100,000 (equivalent to about $2.5 million in today's dollars). The facility
is pictured below in 1940, the year in which it hosted the first college football telecast. (Photo courtesy Penn Athletic Communications)