Location 1 Stadium Dr
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.
Construction delays led to the
Philadelphia Union's decision to play their inaugural home game at Lincoln
Financial Field instead of PPL Park. Their first match at the stadium
was played on June 27, 2010 when they defeated Seattle Sounders FC by
a score of 31. 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.