The first round of the 2017 Curbed Cup tournament is complete, and what a whirlwind of a round it was! We started off with 16 Philly neighborhoods that were pitted against one another with the hopes of advancing to the Elite 8, and ultimately being crowned the Best Neighborhood of the Year.
The four days of matchups and 24-hour voting periods resulted in more big-time upsets than expected: No. 13 Germantown cruised past No. 4 University City, garnering 75 percent of votes. Manayunk, a 14th seed, also stirred things up by defeating No. 3 South Kensington. No. 11 Mt. Airy also overtook No. 6 Callowhill, advancing to the Elite 8.
But the biggest upset was No. 15 Tacony, which swept second-seeded Old City!
The closest battle was between Northern Liberties and Girard Estate. While at one point it looked like underdog Girard Estate might make an upset, Northern Liberties ultimately clinched the win with three more votes than the South Philly neighborhood.
Meanwhile, last year’s reigning champ Fishtown and this year’s No. 1 seed squeaked past No. 16 Parkside, which put up a stellar effort despite the loss.
And now for the big bracket reveal!
Now you know what battles are in store for next week’s second round of the Curbed Cup. If the first round is any indication, the Elite 8 is about to get really interesting!