Union Tickets a Hot Commodity

Expansion side sells out all 12,000 packages for new PPL Park
Many people questioned if soccer could make
it in Philadelphia. Others
still don’t think it can keep up with the other major sports in the
market. A select few in the city still don’t even know who the Union
are.

Well, slowly but surely, the
Philadelphia Union are proving
the naysayers wrong.

With the word
today that the Union have sold
out all 12,000 season tickets allotted for the brand new PPL Park, set
to open in late June, the Union have officially established themselves
in the notoriously tough Philadelphia sports culture.

"When we
embarked on this journey four years ago, we quickly found out that the
Greater Philadelphia region had a robust and passionate soccer fan
base,” club CEO Nick Sakiewicz said in a statement.

“The fact
that we've sold out of season tickets to all Philadelphia Union games so
far in advance of our first game at PPL Park is a testament to that
fact and we continue to work hard to serve our fans.”

Continually—and
in some ways unfairly—compared to the expansion teams before them,
namely the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC, the Union are beginning to
carve out their own place in the league with such impressive sales.

The
two, Seattle in particular, are much more established as soccer
markets, and neither have to compete with the amount of successful
professional sports teams that Philadelphia does.

Despite this,
the Union were able to get 34,870 into Lincoln Financial Field for their
inaugural match and then 25,038 for their second home contest.
Impressive numbers by any team’s standards.

These figures
basically assure that the 18,500 seats at PPL Park will be filled to
capacity for the Union’s home matches this season, something team
President Tom Veit is extremely excited for.

“We would like to
thank the fans for the great support that they have shown us over our
two games at Lincoln Financial Field,” Veit said. “We averaged nearly
30,000 fans between our two home games, which is simply amazing, and we
look forward to sell out crowds at PPL Park.”

The season ticket
news is extremely promising for the club that has steadily built over
the last two years and now finds itself as much a part of the
Philadelphia sports scene and MLS as those who have been around many
years longer.