Union stadium has a name: PPL Park
Keystone Sports and Entertainment LLC and PPL EnergyPlus on Wednesday
announced an 11-year naming rights partnership. The stadium, currently
under construction on the banks of the Delaware River, which will be
home to Major League Soccer club Philadelphia Union, will be known as
A soccer-specific stadium, PPL Park will also host a variety of
additional events, including concerts, festivals and other sporting
"Simply put, we have found the perfect partner," said Nick Sakiewicz,
CEO & Operating Partner of KSE and Philadelphia Union. "This is a
very important moment in our club's and stadium's history. To have a
venerable, well-respected Pennsylvania company team up with a brand new
world class facility is a profound statement. We are so energized over
this partnership and can't wait to start working together to make our
mark in the community and the region."
PPL EnergyPlus also 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 EnergyPlus.
"With our partners at PPL EnergyPlus providing us cost effective and
environmentally friendly energy, they are enabling us to create a
stadium that is efficient and supports 'green and clean' power sources,"
added Sakiewicz. "That's a good formula for us and other businesses
that want to work with PPL EnergyPlus to save money and be good to the
environment at the same time."
The partnership will brand the stadium PPL Park in Philadelphia Union's
inaugural 2010 season in MLS and continue through the 2020 season.
Additionally, this comprehensive sponsorship will extend to other
relationships such as youth soccer associations in the tri-state area
and other soon-to-be announced community initiatives.
With electricity rate caps expiring in the Greater Philadelphia Region
on December 31, 2010 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.
"PPL EnergyPlus is thrilled to support Philadelphia Union in bringing
Major League Soccer to this market," said Gene Alessandrini, Senior Vice
President of Marketing for PPL EnergyPlus. "Our two organizations have
so much in common. PPL EnergyPlus and Philadelphia Union are both
bringing new opportunities to the area. We're both driven to be winners
and both intend on building a strong and loyal fan base.
"PPL EnergyPlus is building on successes in the competitive retail
electricity market in northeastern and central Pennsylvania and
expanding into new areas, including the Philadelphia market. Our
association with Philadelphia Union will help us familiarize thousands
of potential customers with the PPL EnergyPlus name as we bring our
knowledge, experience and competitive prices for energy supply and
energy services to southeastern Pennsylvania."
To learn more about how your business can benefit from the PPL
EnergyPlus partnership with Philadelphia Union, please visit www.philadelphiaunion.com
and click on the PPL 'referral program' button on the homepage.
Philadelphia Union's first-ever First Kick will take place March 25,
2010 vs. Seattle Sounders FC at Seattle's Qwest Field. The club's home
opener will be April 10, 2010 vs. D.C. United at Lincoln Financial