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Know Before You Go: A Guide to The New Met Philadelphia

Candice Blundo | October 11, 2019
The Met Philadelphia 2019
Article Updated: October 11, 2019

Rich with history yet contemporary enough to accommodate the biggest acts in modern music, the entirely restored Met Philadelphia boasts an impressive track record for having been open only five months, including a monumental debut performance from music legend Bob Dylan. After undergoing a two-year $56 million renovation, the new Met Philadelphia finally opened its doors in December 2018, 110 years after it originally opened as the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House in 1908.

Brought back to life from near total neglect, the fully-restored Met Philadelphia features a stunning new event space for music lovers to experience the thrill of live entertainment in the heart of Philadelphia. The venue’s restoration is just one of many in a series of renovation projects hitting North Broad Street, boasting an entirely restored neoclassical facade, sparkling chandeliers, gold accents, premier lounges, and a massive stage designed to host a vast array of productions. And don’t worry history buffs - you won’t be hard-pressed to find some of the building’s original trimmings, like the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House crest that remains embedded in the lobby floor.

Are you ready to experience all that the Met Philadelphia has to offer? Read through our comprehensive venue guide for everything you need to know before you go – from parking and directions to new features and nearby attractions – our insider’s guide is here to answer any questions and make sure your experience at this stunning new event space is one to remember!


Venue ratings

Google – 4.3 stars

TripAdvisor – 4.5 stars

Yelp – 3.5 stars


Features/Experience

At the heart of The Met’s restoration project lies its massive 100,000-square foot theater, capable of hosting 3,500 audience members (check out the seating chart). Despite housing some of the latest in cutting-edge technology and modern design, The Met retains its classic Opera house feel, complete with gold-flecked trimmings along the ceiling, walls, and columns, and tiered seating including a two-level balcony and box seats on either side of the orchestra pit.

Concessions provided by locally owned Brûlée Catering make your experience at The Met Philly one that is truly Philadelphian, serving up the best in craft beers, wine, and specialty cocktails alongside a menu of light bites to enjoy before each show and at intermission.

The Met Philadelphia features a grand total of 12 bars throughout its space, including a full-service bar in the lobby.


The Grand Salle

Philly’s latest renovated, upscale lounge is located in the venue’s former ballroom, which has been fully transformed into a full-service luxe gathering area. Complete with sparkling gold details and plush chairs and couches, the 34,000-square-foot lounge dubbed The Grand Salle welcomes patrons to relax and mingle above The Met’s lobby for pre and post-show chats, drinks, and dining.


What’s Nearby

The Met is just one of several exciting projects hitting North Broad Street in Philadelphia. The historic Divine Lorraine Hotel has recently been renovated into an upscale apartment building and will also soon house retail space and restaurants.

June saw the Phase 1 opening of the all-new Rail Park - a quarter-mile elevated stretch of the now abandoned Reading Railroad - transformed into a green space where visitors can escape from their urban surroundings. Once completed, Rail Park will consist of three miles worth of transformed rail lines, connecting 10 neighborhoods in the city.

If you’re craving something other than what The Met’s got on its menu, there’s plenty of spots to grab some grub or a post-show cocktail within walking distance. Check out the map below to see what’s nearby!


the met location map


Directions - Getting There

If you’re driving, just pop in The Met’s address – 858 North Broad Street – into any GPS system. We’ve outlined some other options for patrons who are interested in taking public transportation below.

Uber/Lyft/Taxi: The drop off/pick up is location on Broad Street just next to the venue, immediately south of Poplar Street.

Subway: Use the Broad Street Line. The Met is approximately two blocks south of the Girard Street Station, and three blocks north of the Fairmont Station.

Bus: Take Bus 4 or Bus 16 to the Poplar and Broad Street stop.

Trolley: Hop on the Girard Street Trolley to the Girard and Broad Street stop, approximately two blocks north of the venue.

Bike: Bike racks are located outside of the venue. The Met Philly is not responsible for any lost or stolen bikes.


Parking

The Met Philadelphia provides ample parking within walking distance to make your visit convenient and stress-free. Each of the eight parking lots offer handicap accessible parking, with the closest one located at 855 N. Broad Street (Lot A). There is also an ADA drop off located directly in front of the venue on Poplar Street. Check out our map below to see the lots closest to The Met:


the met philly parking


Security Tips and Policies

Visitors to The Met Philadelphia should plan on security utilizing metal detectors and/or physical pat downs for search procedures. If, for medical reasons, you are unable to be searched via metal detectors, the First Aid station located in the lobby will provide an alternative.

All bags are subject to inspection. Re-entry is not permitted, so please be sure that everything you will need for the event is with you when you enter the venue.


Upcoming Lineup


Oct. 13 – Ray LaMontagne

Oct. 15 – Greta Van Fleet

Oct. 16 – Greta Van Fleet

Oct. 17 – Ali Wong

Oct. 18 – Rezz

Oct. 19 – Bouts On Broad

Oct. 20 – Toto

Oct. 24 – Philly POPS presents Nightmare Before Christmas

Oct. 25 – Philly POPS presents Nightmare Before Christmas

Oct. 26 – Jenny Lewis

Oct. 29 – Logic

Nov. 2 – Nick Offerman

Nov. 3 – Rosanne Cash & Ry Cooder

Nov. 5 – Erykah Badu

Nov. 6 – Steely Dan

Nov. 8 – Steely Dan

Nov. 9 – Steely Dan

Nov. 11 – ScHoolboy Q

Nov. 14 – AJR

Nov. 15 – AJR

Nov. 16 – Sara Bareilles

Nov. 17 – Sting

Nov. 18 – Sara Bareilles

Nov. 19 – Hozier

Nov. 21 – Bob Dylan

Nov. 22 – Commissioned

Nov. 23 – The Life Story of Mahalia Jackson

Nov. 24 – The Life Story of Mahalia Jackson

Nov. 29 – Philly POPS presents Uptown Christmas

Nov. 30 – The Music of Queen

Dec. 1 – Philly POPS presents Uptown Christmas

Dec. 4 – She & Him

Dec. 5 – PJ Masks Live!

Dec. 7 – Madonna

Dec. 8 – Madonna

Dec. 10 – Madonna

Dec. 11 – Madonna

Dec. 13 – Martina McBride

Dec. 14 – Ween

Dec. 15 – Pentatonix

Dec. 16 – Pentatonix

Dec. 19 – Moscow Ballet

Dec. 21 – WDAS Holiday Jam

Dec. 27 – Gov’t Mule

Dec. 28 – PnB Rock

Jan. 3 – Femme It Forward presents Monica – Ashanti

Jan. 11 – Middleditch & Schwartz

Jan. 23 – Deadmau5

Jan. 24 – Deadmau5

Jan. 26 – Dancing with the Stars: Live!

Jan. 30 – Little Big Town

Jan. 31 – Little Big Town

Feb. 10 – Tim & Eric

Feb. 14 – Boyz II Men

Feb. 29 – Dermot Kennedy

Mar. 20 – The Bachelor Live

Mar. 31 – Celtic Woman

Apr. 2 – My Dad Wrote A Porno

Apr. 4 – Philly POPS presents Disney’s Broadway Hits

Apr. 5 – Philly POPS presents Disney’s Broadway Hits

Apr. 17 – Dead Can Dance

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