Philly papal events now will be ticketed [updated]

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 The green lines indicate walking routes to papal events. (Courtesy of the U.S. Secret Service)

The green lines indicate walking routes to papal events. (Courtesy of the U.S. Secret Service)

To get a prime seat at the Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis Sept. 27 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, you’re going to need a ticket.

That fact took many in Philadelphia by surprise Wednesday afternoon. It wasn’t until the Secret Service put out final security plans that a map appeared showing the Parkway from 20th Street to the Art Museum was reserved for ticket-holders only.

About an hour after that update, Donna Crilley Farrell of the World Meeting of Families issued a statement saying that, after months of planning, tickets will be distributed to the 219 parishes throughout the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia as well as to archdiocesan social service ministries.

Eighty-five percent of the Parkway will be open to the public, a spokesman for the archdiocese said Wednesday night.

“The World Meeting of Families strove to keep the vast majority of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway open to the public while also ensuring that parishioners of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which is the host, could be part of this historic event,” said a statement from Ken Gavin.

Meanwhile, only ticket-holders will be able to attend the Sept. 26 event when the pontiff will speak in front of Independence Hall. Five-thousand of those tickets will be made available Tuesday online on a first-come, first-served basis. Details for that ticket giveaway will be released Friday.

Points of entry to Independence Mall for Saturday ticket-holders will be designated along Race, Market, Chestnut and Arch streets.

There will be 13 security screening areas for the Sept. 26 papal events on the Parkway and 10 on Sept. 27. Seven security screening areas are planned for ticketholders for the Mass, while just three will accommodate those without tickets on the parkway.

The Secret Service also announced a litany of restrictions for those attending the papal events.

Recommended routes

And, along with local and state authorities, it released a walking map with recommended routes for pilgrims to get to and from papal events on Sept. 26 and 27. Security points for each event were also released, with a note telling those in attendance to leave extra time to make it through the security checkpoints. 

The following streets have been identified as pedestrian routes to all event sites on Sept. 26 and 27. The suggested pedestrian route that is chosen will depend on your transit drop-off location and event site destination.

Poplar Street from Poplar Drive to N 27th Street
N 27th Street from Poplar Drive to Parrish Street
Parrish Street from N 27th Street to N 20th Street
N 20th Street from Parrish Street to Green Street
Green Street from N 20th Street to N Broad Street
N Broad Street from points north to Callowhill Street
N 19th Street from Green Street to Spring Garden Street
Spring Garden Street from N 19th Street to N Broad Street
Callowhill Street from N Broad Street to N 2nd Street
N 11th Street from Callowhill Street to Filbert Street
N 5th Street from Callowhill Street to the East Side of Franklin Square and the WB ramp of I-676 (Ben Franklin Bridge)
Ben Franklin Bridge (WB lanes only) to Camden, NJ
N 2nd & S 2nd Streets from Callowhill Street to Dock Street
Dock Street from S 2nd Street to Spruce Street
Spruce Street from Dock Street to S 18th Street
S 10th Street between Locust Street and Spruce Street
S Broad Street from Locust Street to all points South toward the Sports Complex
S 18th Street from Spruce Street to Walnut Street
S 19th Street from Walnut Street to Chestnut Street
Chestnut Street from S 19th Street, past 33rd Street and points West
Walnut Street from S 18th Street to 33rd Street
South Street from Convention Avenue and University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field to 33rd Street
33rd Street to Chestnut Street
Schuylkill Ave from Market Street to Walnut Street

The following streets have been identified as pedestrian routes for Parkway ticket holders attending the Festival of Families and World Meeting of Families prayer vigil events on Saturday, Sept. 26 and the Papal Mass on Sunday, Sept. 27.

 N 22nd Street from Green Street to Pennsylvania Avenue
Spring Street from N 23rd Street to N 22nd Street
Green Street from N 22nd Street to N 20th Street
N 21st Street from Green Street to Pennsylvania Avenue
Hamilton Street from N 21st Street to Pennsylvania Avenue
N 20th Street from Green Street to intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Callowhill Street
S 20th Street from Chestnut to N 20th Street and Race Street
Cuthbert Street from N 20th Street to N 21st Street
N 21st Street from Cuthbert Street to Winter Street

Below are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for ticket holders on Saturday, Sept. 26 (Festival of Families) and Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 (Papal Mass), beginning at 6 a.m. each day. 

 Pennsylvania Avenue at the intersection of N 23rd Street and Spring Garden Street
N 22nd Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Hamilton Street
Hamilton Street between N 21st and N 22nd Streets
21st Street between Hamilton Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
N 20th Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Callowhill Street
 N 20th Street at Race Street
N 21st Street at Winter Street

The following streets have been identified as pedestrian routes for Ben Franklin Parkway non-ticket holders attending the Festival of Families and World Meeting of Families Prayer Vigil events on Saturday, Sept. 26 and the Papal Mass on Sunday, Sept. 27. 

N 19th Street from Spring Garden Street to Wood Street
N Broad Street from Callowhill Street to Cherry Street
Race Street from N Broad Street to N 15th Street
N 15th Street from Race Street to Cherry Street
S Broad Street from Chestnut Street to Locust Street
S 15th Street from Chestnut Street to Spruce Street
S 19th Street from Cherry Street to Chestnut Street
18th Street from Cherry Street to John F. Kennedy Boulevard
John F. Kennedy Boulevard from 19th Street to 17th Street
Market Street from 19th Street to 17th Street

Below are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for non-ticket holders on Saturday, Sept. 26 (Festival of Families), beginning at 6 a.m. 

N 15th Street at Cherry Street
N Broad Street at Cherry Street
S Broad Street at Chestnut Street
S 15th Street at Chestnut Street
S 17th Street at Market Street
S 17th Street at John F. Kennedy Boulevard

Below are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for non-ticket holders on Sunday, Sept. 27 (Papal Mass), beginning at 6 a.m.

N 19th Street at Wood Street
N 18th Street at Cherry Street
N 19th Street at Cherry Street

The following streets have been identified as pedestrian routes for Independence Mall ticket holders attending the Meeting for Religious Freedom events on Saturday, Sept. 26. 

N 6th Street from Callowhill Street to Race Street
Race Street from N 5th Street to N 2nd Street
Arch Street from N 5th Street to N 2nd Street
Market Street from N 4th Street to N 2nd Street

Below are the Independence Mall event security entry points for ticket holders on Saturday, September 26 (Meeting for Religious Freedom), beginning at 6 a.m. 

N 6th Street at Race Street
N 5th Street at Race Street
N 5th Street at Arch Street
N 4th Street at Market Street
S 4th Street at Chestnut Street

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