PPL PARK

Location 1 Stadium Dr
Chester, PA 19013-1940

Broke ground December 1, 2008
Opened June 27, 2010
Owner Delaware County, PA
Operator City of Chester

Surface Grass
Construction cost $120 million
Architect Rossetti Architects,
ICON Venue Group

Capacity 18,500(Soccer)
26,000 (Concerts)[3]
Field dimensions 120 × 74 yards

Tenants
Philadelphia Union (MLS) (2010–present)
Philadelphia Independence (WPS) (2011–future)

The Sons of Ben in their customized "River End" section; the Commodore Barry Bridge is visible in the background

 

PPL Park is an American soccer-specific stadium located in Chester, Pennsylvania that is home to the Philadelphia Union, a Major League Soccer club, and the Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer. The project is the result of combined commitments of $30 million from Delaware County and $47 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The stadium is located on Chester's waterfront along the Delaware River, at the Commodore Barry Bridge's southwestern corner. PPL Park was designed to be a catalyst for economic development on the waterfront, with additional plans calling for a riverwalk amidst other entertainment, retail, and residential projects. The stadium was constructed by the Ardmore, Pennsylvania-based T.N. Ward Company

On February 25, 2010, the Philadelphia Union announced that the Allentown, Pennsylvania-based PPL Corporation purchased the naming rights to its home venue for $20 million over 11 years. As part of the deal, PPL EnergyPlus provides the stadium with sustainable energy derived from other sources in Pennsylvania.[13]

Construction delays led to the Philadelphia Union's decision to play their inaugural home game at Lincoln Financial Field instead of PPL Park.[14] Their first match at the stadium was played on June 27, 2010 when they defeated Seattle Sounders FC by a score of 3–1. Sébastien Le Toux scored the Union's first goal at PPL Park on a penalty kick. However, Pat Noonan of Sounders FC scored the first goal in the venue's history.