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Important Things: The mini William Penn statue will jump from one Comcast tower to the other

Jan 16, 2014, 2:23 PM EDT

source:  Remember back when the existing Comcast tower was going up back in 2007 or so and we all made a big deal about the little William Penn statue that some construction workers placed at the very top of it in an attempt to break the nonexistent “Curse of Billy Penn”? The “curse” that supposedly inflicted decades of sports misery on Philadelphia because builders decided to erect skyscrapers that were taller than the William Penn statue on top of City Hall, breaking that age-old gentleman’s agreement.

Clearly this was the first thing you all thought of when the new skyscraper was announced yesterday.

Well with the news that the greatest company that I own stock in that is also based in the city of Philadelphia is set to build a second taller skyscraper — complete with a giant TV to watch Eagles games on maybe?!? –  that will break ground this summer, we all wanted to know the deal with the little Billy statue.

Turns out, the curse won’t be reversed. Or something.

According to NBC10 and a Comcast a spokesperson, the little guy will be moving up to the top of the new super tall Comcast Innovation and Technology Center. Vai’s got you covered below.

  1. msferraioli - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Um, anyone else notice the part of the building right next to Penn that is taller than the statue…

    Clearly the little guy isn’t the highest point after all……

    • TartanSixNine - Jan 16, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      It is probably some sort of antenna or other add-on that isn’t counted in the official height.

      Alternately you may be spot-on and the 2008 WFC Phils were just fate messing with us.

  2. death from above - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    2007…Little Billy Penn placed at the top

    2008…World F. Champions


  3. dubeedubeedu - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    He only needs to be higher than any other building in the city.
    His placement in 2007 and the subsequent unexpected WFC of 2008 was all the proof I’ll ever need that you don’t F**K with Mr Penn.
    Nonexistent my ass.

    • death from above - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      True statement by you…

      You don’t mess with Frank Sinatra either..


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