It’s also going to be a major attraction for the fans.
On a picturesque Saturday afternoon with the United States-England World Cup match beaming from the video board, a number of season-ticket holders and Founding Members cheered. The group of Sons of Ben supporters gave us a glimpse of what the opposition has in store for them.
The food and drinks at the concession stands were flowing, including Union-shaped pretzels.
Merchandise was flying off tables with anxious fans loading up on Union gear.
Two weeks before the first official game at PPL Park – June 27 against Seattle – the club held an Open House for its season ticket holders connected with the U.S. World Cup opener, which wound up in a 1-1 draw.
For years, PPL Park was a dream.
On Saturday, it was all about reality. In 14 days, a crowd of 18,500 is going to pack this stadium adorning Union colors.
What an appetizer.
“Since I got here, I have been so amazed with the excitement and passion from the fans here,” said forward Sebastien Le Toux, who mingled with the fans, signed autographs and posed for numerous pictures. “They have been ready for MLS soccer even before a team was named. I think this opener is for them. We want to go out and do everything we can to bring home a victory.”
Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz walked adjacent to the beautiful green sod on the field and took a deep breath.
“It’s just about here,” Sakiewicz said with a huge grin. “Just about. Two more weeks.”
There have been many countdowns associated with this franchise – being awarded a franchise; first match in Seattle; first home match at Lincoln Financial Field; and now the first match at PPL Park.
This landmark date coming up on June 27 will be special in so many ways.
“The road has been tough, even though we knew what we were up against,” said Union forward Alejandro Moreno. “It will be nice to be home. We can’t come to this stadium and just assume we’re going to win. The home energy sure will be nice. Looking around, it’s a great stadium that will be ideal as our home field. We’re very excited.”
The excitement has been evident from Day One.
On this day, the fans had a chance to get comfortable with their new surroundings.
“I enjoyed spending time with the fans, especially the kids,” Le Toux said. “The kids know a lot about MLS and our club. I was impressed. I feel like we know them and they know us better. I think the fans are going to like this stadium as much as we are going to like playing here.”
If this was an indication, PPL Park is going to be a humongous advantage for the Union.
In two weeks, the wait is over.