The Philadelphia Union joined MLS in 2010, bringing one of America’s best sporting cities to top-flight soccer in the US. Nicknamed the U and the Doop Army, the Union is consistently challenging in a strong Eastern Conference and for the US Open Cup. The club is heavily influenced by the founding years of the country. The name the Union calls to the thirteen colonies when Philadelphia was the capital and the team’s colors of navy and gold represent the Continental Army’s uniforms. The snake on the Union’s crest is inspired by the ‘Join or Die’ political cartoon from Philadelphia’s first son, Benjamin Franklin. Philadelphia is home to one of the only private school/soccer academy setups tied to an MLS club. The YSC Academy is designed to educate and train players through high school and into the professional ranks.
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Suburu Park opened in 2010, Suburu Park seats 18,500 and is located in Chester, PA. This venue like many others isn’t in Philadelphia itself, the Union has made its territory along the Delaware River home. Along the banks, the club has built its ground looking out at the Commodore Barry Bridge, while also hosting the club’s Headquarters, training facilities, and plenty of parking to enhance the pre-game festivities.
The ground has the feel of both a modern American stadium and elements of classic European design, such as the concave rooftops. Over half of the seats have a beautiful view of the Commodore Barry Bridge, which has created one of the iconic shots in MLS. However, there are plenty of seating options to elevate your matchday experience. The Presidential Row puts you right behind the team bench with an all-inclusive food and beverage package. Field-side tables, individual seats, club seats, and game-day suites are all available at Suburu Park. There are multiple party decks from which you can watch the match and have dinner or drinks – the Union Ale House Deck, the Seaport Deck, and the Bridge Deck. To sit with the supporters’ group, the Sons of Ben, head down to River End (sections 134-140), but keep in mind that standing, singing, and flag-waving are common practices within this area of the ground.
Philadelphia Union Away Games
The Union has quickly built up their Eastern Conference feuds – DC United, New York Red Bulls, and New England Revolution especially. Hit the road, along with the Sons of Ben supporters’ group, to see Philadelphia take on their rivals and the rest of MLS. Secure affordable tickets at stadiums across the country. If you have a chance to see Inter Miami CF, you should try to get tickets.
Make the most of your day
Suburu Park is located southwest of downtown Philadelphia and right along the Delaware River. The Union plays in Chester, PA a 30-minute drive from Philadelphia and just 20 minutes north of Wilmington, DE, and the ground offers plenty of parking on-site. There are public transit options via rail and bus that can get fans to the stadium from downtown Philly. When planning out your weekend around the MLS match, historic Philadelphia offers plenty of attractions like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Rocky Statue. Or if you like crossing off states from your travel list, you can easily cross over into both Delaware and New Jersey within a one-hour trip. A great local dining option near the Suburu Park is Good & Pure1 which is only a 9-minute walk from the field. After your Philly sports event, you definitely have some things you can do.
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How to Buy Cheap Philadelphia Union Tickets
The best tickets in your price range or section choice are right in front of you. Your source for getting Union tickets either in advance or on game day. The lowest-priced tickets are along the river ends between sections 134 through 140. Find seats across the stadium at great prices. Start planning your trip to visit the city of Brotherly Love and the chance to catch an MLS match along the Delaware River.