Philadelphia Union History
The Philadelphia Union are a relatively new MLS franchise as the team came into the league
in 2010 despite the city’s attempt to garner a team earlier. Philadelphia is one of the top ten
largest metropolitan areas and top five media market in the country, making it a no brainer that
with a team located in Philadelphia there would be plenty of Philadelphia Union tickets sold.
Interest in a “Delaware Valley” franchise began in 2001 when a group of investors pitched the
idea of a soccer specific stadium that would have the capacity to sell 25,000 Philadelphia Union
tickets in the city of Trenton, New Jersey. This was immediately squashed as the New York
MetroStars were able to veto the bill because the new franchise would be within 75 miles of
the MetroStars stadium.
Talks began again in 2007 when the same group of investors changed the location of their
potential franchise to Philadelphia, claiming the area already had an established soccer fan base
and could sell plenty of Philadelphia Union tickets. The league finally agreed with the plan in
2008 after a $47 million package was approved by the Philadelphia mayor to help finance the
beginning of the franchise.
The claim of Philadelphia already having a fan base for soccer was proven correct as the season
ticket package of 12,000 Philadelphia Union tickets was sold out before their inaugural season
in 2010 even began. The first season for the Union went as expected, mediocre and without a
playoff birth. The following season however, in 2011, showed much improvement as the team
finished with a total of 48 season points good enough to put them in 3rd place in the Eastern
PPL Park and the Fans
Philadelphia Union tickets are officially sold at PPL Park which is the teams soccer-specific
stadium located in Chester, Pennsylvania. The construction bill of the stadium came to a total
of $120 million, of that amount the club had a combined $77 million donated from Delaware
County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The official seating at the stadium allows for
only 18,500 Philadelphia Union tickets to be sold before fans must purchase standing room only
The small amount of seats available for soccer games at PPL Park has been a topic of discussion
since the stadium opened in 2010. The reason for this talk is due to the teams two years at PPL
Park where they have averaged 18,750 Philadelphia Union tickets sold per home game, which is
the third highest percentage of filled seats in the MLS.
The fans that purchase Philadelphia Union tickets are among the most intense in the league.
They have a wide variety of chants they do during games depending on the situation and what
is happening on the field. The fans are blessed with some of the best accommodations of
any MLS soccer pitch; PPL Park is located right on the water giving the fans a great view when
looking up from the match. Those fans that purchase front row Philadelphia Union tickets are
the closest fans to the game in any stadium across the world because during construction the
seats were placed as close to the field as FIFA regulations allow, which overall makes PPL Park
one of the best destinations for soccer fans.