PHILADELPHIA UNION MEDIA CONTACTS
Ashley Dabb, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Office: (610) 497-6286
Chris Winkler, Press Officer
Office: (610) 497-6727
Season media credentials will be issued to established newspapers, magazines, television, radio stations and websites making reasonable requests. To qualify, an outlet must cover at least 15 of the club’s home games. Websites and blogs will be granted access at the sole discretion of the Philadelphia Union Communications Department. Those written and produced by season ticket holders and active members of the Sons of Ben will not be given access.
Requests for day of game credentials must be made in writing to Ashley Dabb at least 24 hours prior to the match. Those that have not done so will not be granted access. Because of limited space, it is impossible to grant freelance photographers access unless assigned to shoot for a credentialed media outlet for a specific story or project.
Members of the Philadelphia Union’s media traveling to road games should submit requests for credentials to Chris Winkler no later than five (5) business days prior to the road game.
MEDIA WILL CALL
Members of the media needing credentials at the game must pick up passes at the Media Will Call gate at PPL Park, located directly in front of Lot B. Each person must pick up his or her own credentials and present corresponding photo identification. Media Will Call opens two hours prior to the scheduled kickoff. All media must enter through the press gate entrance located near the west side of the stadium. Media credentials will not be honored at any other entrance. All credentials are non-transferable. Any unauthorized use will result in ejection from PPL Park and confiscation of the credentials.
In making requests for broadcast credentials, please specify requirements for spotters and/or statisticians. These services must be arranged in advance. Broadcast locations are located on the PPL Park press level.
A limited number of parking spaces are available for working media in Lot B. Members of the media seeking parking are advised to make their requests no later than 1:00 p.m. the day prior to the game. All approved media members' names will be added to a list held by the parking attendant. Please note that Philadelphia Union will not be able to accommodate all requests, especially if the request is made after the deadline specified above.
A limited number of TV news trucks will be allowed to park along the Southeast quadrant of PPL Park. TV trucks which provide satellite, uplink or microwave functions will need to make prior arrangements with a member of Global Spectrum’s staff.
The press box at PPL Park is located along the west side of the stadium on the third floor. The press box will open two hours before kickoff. Admittance is limited to working media members with valid credentials and is intended for the purpose of providing a work place for writers, reporters, broadcasters and game personnel. It is imperative that even season pass holders notify the Communications Department of their intention to cover a game in order to receive press box seating. Family members and guests will not be accommodated in the press box. Abuse of press box press privileges will result in forfeiture of a press pass.
Several pool phones are placed throughout the press box. Remember, pool phones are to be shared. Courtesy hard lines are available in the photo room. PPL Park offers wireless internet access in all areas of the press box. The access is free of charge and works with all WI-FI enabled computer equipment.
Game notes and statistics will be available in the press box. Statistics will be distributed to each seat at halftime and following the game. Periodic announcements will also be made during the game.
LOCKER ROOM ACCESS
Approximately 15 minutes following the conclusion of the game, a postgame news conference will be held in the news conference room next to the locker rooms on the field level. At the end of the news conference, the locker room will be open to media. Philadelphia Union and visitor locker rooms are located near the south end of the stadium on the field level. Your cooperation and professional courtesy is asked in maintaining a proper working atmosphere for postgame interviews. Absolutely no autographs are allowed during media access periods. Only those individuals that are working members of the press will granted access to the locker room. Family members and guests are not permitted.
Only working newspaper, magazine and network TV photographers and club/stadium officials with the proper FIELD ACCESS sticker are permitted on the field during the game. Press Box Passes will not be honored for field admittance at any time, unless authorized by Philadelphia Union.
Still photographers holding proper credentials may position themselves along either endline at field level. Immediately prior to each match, photographers who wish to shoot the traditional pre-game team photo will be escorted on cue to the midfield sideline by photo marshals. Photographers will be instructed to walk only on the sidelines-never on the field of play-en route to these temporary sideline positions. Once team photos have been taken, photographers will be directed to quickly return to their endline photo positions. During the match, photographers are advised that they have restricted freedom of movement. At no time during the game can photographers shoot from directly behind the goal. Also, movement from one end of the field to the other is allowed only at halftime on the sideline opposite the team benches. Still photographers DO NOT have access to the locker room at any time.
PHOTOGRAPHER PHOTO BIBS
Each accredited photographer will be issued a specially designed photo bib/vest provided by Philadelphia Union for identification purposes as a mandatory supplement to the credential. The photo bib serves as a temporary access control device and must be returned to the photo marshals area at the end of each match. The photo bib must be worn at all times while present at any photo position. Photographers in unauthorized shooting positions or not wearing a bib risk suspension of their credential.
Food and beverages are available to working members of the media in the Media Dining Room on the press level. Dining tickets will be distributed at media check-in and only those that have been given a ticket are authorized to eat.
DURING THE WEEK
During the regular season, training sessions typically run two hours and usually begin at 10:00 a.m. Training times can, and frequently do, vary. Members of the media who intend to cover training sessions on a regular basis should call the Philadelphia Union Communications Department to obtain the latest training schedule information and arrange interviews. Training sessions will, in general, be open to the media for 15 minutes, but they may be closed at the discretion of the Technical Staff. No media members are allowed into the locker room before, during or after training sessions.
All interview requests for a player, coach or Union staff member must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling or e-mailing Philadelphia Union Communications Department. Interview requests made directly to a player run the risk of being denied.
WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE
The team manager weekly press conference will be held in the Interview Room at PPL Park. Times and dates will vary but the press conference will also be streamed live on Philadelphiaunion.com but to ask questions, reporters must either attend the press conference in person or call into the conference line. The Philadelphia Union communications department will provide the conference line number prior to the press conference, as well as if there is a change in day or time of the press conference.