Mr Soff PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 27: The Rocky Statue outside of the NFL Draft Theater on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

One of the city of Philadelphia’s most popular tourist attractions is shutting down for two weeks. No, not the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall. We’re talking, of course, about the Rocky statue!

Philadelphia is shutting down access to the statue of fictional Rocky Balboa outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the next two weeks to allow for renovations and improvements to the site. Any tourists looking to be in Philadelphia with the hope of grabbing a selfie with the Rocky statue will be out of luck in the meantime.

There is some good news for tourists and local residents though. The steps of the Art Museum are open and cleared for recreating Rocky’s famous run up the steps in his signature training montage from the Rocky franchise. That’s because the cleanup from the NFL Draft on the steps of the art museum has been cleared out. So at least there is one way for Rocky fans to get their Rocky fix in Philly for the next couple of weeks.

But for those who really want to get a photo next to a statue, they will just have to get their fix with any of the statues around the city honoring actual historical figures, like Ben Franklin or Joan of Arc.


About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.