'Clean and Green' PPL Park set to open doo

Union and PPL Energy team up on new stadium

Behind the dais where Philadelphia
Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz initially spoke was a clear
view of the entire stadium.

And what a view it was.

It gave those attending Wednesday’s press conference detailing an 11-year
naming rights partnership with PPL EnergyPlus a glimpse of the future.

On June 27, the first-ever Major League Soccer game will be played at what is
now known as PPL Park.

“PPL was aggressive with us from the start and we liked everything about them,”
Sakiewicz said. “From the start we liked how their sales and marketing team
worked with us through the whole process. They ‘got it’. They’re a driven
company with goals that we share. We think this deal is tremendous on so many

The soccer-specific stadium will also play host a variety of additional events,
including concerts, festivals and other sporting events.

PPL EnergyPlus will become
Philadelphia Union’s exclusive energy provider. Philadelphia Union will utilize
energy at PPL Park supplied by PPL EnergyPlus, which will purchase and retire
renewable energy credits equal to 100 percent of the park’s electricity use
from renewable energy projects in Pennsylvania owned or contracted by PPL

“Putting together a deal like this is great for so many reasons, including
helping the environment and being energy conscious,” Sakiewicz said.

With electricity rate caps expiring in the Greater Philadelphia Region on
December 31, businesses now have the opportunity to choose their electricity
and natural gas suppliers. For the first time in 10 years, PPL EnergyPlus is
able to aggressively compete for business in Southeastern Pennsylvania. PPL
EnergyPlus also can bring to these same customers renewable energy options,
energy efficiency improvements and demand response programs.

“We think we have great synergy with this naming-rights deal,” said Gene
Alessandrini, Senior Vice President of Marketing for PPL EnergyPlus. “We both
have enthusiastic people working for us and we are both committed to
excellence. PPL EnergyPlus and Philadelphia Union are both bringing new
opportunities to the Chester area and beyond.”

Speaking of the Chester area, it was hard to miss the smile firmly planted on
the face of Chester Mayor Wendell Butler Jr.

Wearing a Philadelphia Union hard-hat, Mayor Butler talked about his elation
for the city he was born and raised in.

“I remember when the only way to get across the Commodore Barry Bridge was by
ferry,” Butler said. “This is a whole different era now. It’s wonderful for the
city of Chester for the job it will provide and how it puts Chester in a
positive light. I have been so happy since the beginning when this team was
announced. It is going to bring so many good things to the City of Chester.”

Don’t look now, but Philadelphia
Union’s First Kick is sneaking up on March 25 at Qwest Field against Seattle
Sounders FC. The home opener is April 10 against D.C. United at Lincoln
Financial Field.

After one more home game at the Linc, the club will make its anticipated debut
at PPL Park on June 27 against Seattle.

What a day that will be.

“The hard work over the last four or five years will be completely worth it,”
Sakiewicz said. “I can’t wait to watch soccer. That will be the fun part.”