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Philadelphia Southampton
Readiness Center

Philadelphia Southampton Readiness Center
2700 Southampton Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

The Philadelphia Southampton (SHR) Readiness Center (RC) is owned and operated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This 135,000 square foot structure sits off of Roosevelt Boulevard. The Readiness Center is available for rental for unofficial uses subject to availability. The RC is ideal for many unofficial uses such past rentals include wedding receptions, baby showers, gun shows, boxing events, circuses, expos, food conventions, blood drives, etc. 


The drill hall offers approximately 17,000 square feet of rental space that can easily accommodate a variety of social functions. Capacity ranges from 1500 to 3000 people. SHR does provide chairs and tables for events and can accommodate approximately 400 people. The newly installed bleachers, which extend 94 square feet, are perfect for events looking to seat a large number of people. The facility also includes:

  • Parking- paved parking for 109 vehicles, including 14 handicapped, are available.
  • Accessibility- SHR has handicapped accessible entrance ramps outside the facility and bleachers also include handicapped accessible ramps.
  • Kitchen- Renters may not use the kitchen for events however food serve and catering is permitted
ALOCHOLIC BEVERAGES. The use of beer and alcohol is permitted in connection with such functions as long as such use complies with all applicable state and local laws and regulations.

RESERVING AND SCHEDULING USE OF FACILITY. ALL events must be scheduled in advance. To check on availabilities and/or schedule the SHR drill hall contact the Philadelphia Southampton Readiness Center at 215-856-5900. 

Rental Fees and Information

All rentals require signature of a standard rental agreement in advance. The senior onsite military administrative officer or their formally delegated military representative is the point of contact for the scheduling of all official or unofficial armory rentals. 

All unofficial events require liability insurance; and, if alcohol is served, liquor liability insurance is also required.

Rental fee to use the facility is $480 per hour or $2,372 per day. Certain specific organizations are authorized reduced or no-cost rentals (military, veterans, scouting, Red Cross).

Custodial fee for SHR is not included in the rental fee. Although general clean up is included in the rental price someone from the facility must be present during all rentals that take place in the Drill Hall. A $60 per hour fee is charged to the renter. 

A fee for consumable supplies (paper towels, toilet paper, toilet soap, cleaning materials, etc.) equal to twenty (20) percent of the appropriate rental rate (hourly/daily) will be assessed for all rentals involving the use of the inside areas of the armory. This fee will apply even though the rental fee itself is waived or reduced, and will be applied against the normal rental rates. 

The DMVA Office of Facilities and Engineering approves the use of the Readiness Center Drill Hall and processes all rental agreements. Use of this facility for any purpose must be approved in advance by the Office of Facilities and Engineering. For additional information or questions about the SHR Drill Hall, please contact the Philadelphia Southampton Readiness Center at 215-856-5900 or the DMVA Office of Facilities and Engineering at 717-861-8581.