Philadelphia Union will be coming to Jacksonville’s EverBank Field to play a preseason exhibition match for the next three years, Jacksonville mayor Alvin Brown announced today. On Feb. 15, 2013, the Union will host another MLS team, to be announced in the near future, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. There will be a free youth clinic at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale at the box office at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena and online at Ticketmaster.com.
“We are proud to announce our partnership with Philadelphia Union and introducing Major League Soccer to the Jacksonville community,” Brown said. “Soccer continues to grow throughout the country and Jacksonville has shown a strong interest in the sport, setting an attendance record for the Southeast with more than 40,000 at the United States Men’s National Team match earlier this year.”
“We are excited to play in front of the people of Jacksonville and look forward to establishing a long-term relationship with the city of Jacksonville and its fans,” said Nick Sakiewicz, Philadelphia Union CEO & operating partner.
In addition, Sea Best Seafood will be the presenting sponsor of the event for all three years.
“Sea Best Seafood is proud to help bring this event to Jacksonville,” said Mark Frisch, Sea Best Seafood vice president of marketing. “Jacksonville has shown that it supports soccer and we look forward to this becoming a long-term partnership with Major League Soccer.”
This match is the latest addition to the Union’s action packed preseason tilt, which includes their first ever participation in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, February 9-23.
Open to all ages, the Union are offering special packages to fans who want to travel down and cheer on the team. Packages start at $165 per person and include such amenities as a welcome reception with the players, a Chalk Talk session, open practice and a BBQ with the team following practice and tickets to a Union match in the Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.
Travelers can partake in everything the Orlando area has to offer with special Disney Property and Orlando Area Property packages that include hotel stays, ground transportation and access to Walt Disney World.
This season, the Union are also offering a Train with the Pros clinic on February 14, which allows fans to learn from members of the Union first team and technical staff. Participants will be given a full kit and run through various drills and classroom exercises from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Union players will be on site for instruction and meet and greet.