Campground being set up for papal pilgrims in Fairmount Park

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 Camping during the papal visit will be available in a section of Philadelphia's East Fairmount Park. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Camping during the papal visit will be available in a section of Philadelphia's East Fairmount Park. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

If you want a place to stay the night and are all right with roughing it, there is an alternative in Philadelphia during the papal visit.

It’s being called Francis Fields, a campground in a section of Philadelphia’s East Fairmount Park.  Campground event director Carl Monzo says it’s a good location.

“We are about two miles from the actual event itself, try to alleviate traffic problems it’s an easy walk from the campgrounds to Eakins Oval and Independence Mall,” Monzo said.

Monzo says the campground is outside the security perimeter being set up in Center City and campers will have access throughout the weekend.

francis-fields-patron-map-605x800(Image via Francis Fields website)

“If you have ever been to a music festival, it’s essentially a festival campgrounds, everything  you need to be comfortable through the weekend,” he said.

Rates start at $200 per person for the weekend.  Car parking costs an additional $100.  If you have an RV, spots are available for $1,000, which covers four campers as part of that fee.

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