About PPL Park
PPL Park, a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat Major League Soccer stadium, serves as home to Philadelphia Union. Public support from the State of Pennsylvania, Delaware County and the City of Chester reinforced private support for the mixed-use development, which is helping to drive a "renaissance on the river" in Chester. The stadium is located just five miles south of the Philadelphia International Airport at the southwest corner of the base of the Commodore Barry Bridge, with easy access to major roadways such as I-95, I-476, US-322 and PA-291. Additionally, the Northeast Corridor Amtrak, Conrail and SEPTA rail lines run two train platforms within a short distance from the site.
A multipurpose facility that has features 29 luxury suites, a full-service club restaurant and a built-in concert stage, PPL Park is the ideal destination for any type of event. An expansive grass and promenade area surrounds the building and is perfect for tailgating and outdoor music festivals. The natural grass surface that covers the 120 x 75 yard field is suitable for soccer, as well as other sports such as football, lacrosse and rugby. The sideline roofs were designed to protect fans from the elements without obstructing the scenic view of the Commodore Barry Bridge and the Delaware River from their seats.
Since opening its doors on June 27, 2010, PPL Park has hosted various collegiate soccer games, the “Battle of the Blue” featuring Villanova University and University of Delaware football, USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship, three installments of Army-Navy Cup, NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals and the 2012/2014 Big East Soccer Championship. In 2015, the park will host the ACC Men's Lacrosse Championships, Army-Navy Cup IV and USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship for a fourth year, among other events.
PPL Park has been recognized on multiple occasions, winning awards from Mid Atlantic Construction Magazine for “Best Sports/Recreation Project of the Year,” the Delaware County Planning Commission for outstanding land projects in the County and the NCS4 Facility Achievement Award that honors venues that excel in safety and security operations.
- World-class waterfront stadium located just over fifteen miles from Center City, Philadelphia
- Stadium capacity of 18,500 for soccer and 26,000 for concerts, with seating as close to the field as FIFA regulations allow
- Natural grass pitch, 120 yd x 75 yd
- 30 Luxury Suites and a 11,000 SF full service club restaurant
- State-of-the-art LED signage and innovative experiential zones
- 2,000-seat supporters section
- Sideline roofs providing protection from the elements
- Expansive grass areas and large promenades surrounding the stadium for tailgating and outdoor music festivals
- Built-in concert stage
- Ramps leading passengers off of I-95 and the Commodore Barry Bridge to stadium parking lots
One Stadium Drive
Chester, PA 19013
About The City of Chester:
Founded in 1642, Chester is the oldest City in Pennsylvania. In the late 1670's William Penn was given a grant of land from Charles II of England to pay off a crown debt owed to Penn's father. William Penn landed on his newly acquired colony in 1682 and immediately changed the name of the settlement to Chester, after a place in Europe where one of his closest friends was born.
For the first two hundred years, Chester was prosperous manufacturing community with industries concentrating on machinery, metal manufacturing, locomotive and shipbuilding, textiles and oil refineries. These strong industries fueled steady population and employment growth. During the early 1900's, Chester experienced its first major growth period stimulated by World War I. The population grew significantly from 38,000 in 1910 to 58,000 in 1920 as people moved into the city to fill the many jobs generated by the war.
The rapid expansion of Chester's industrial base and the need for workers to support this growth provided many jobs in Chester and vicinity. The job growth also created a demand for housing and other services. After this initial growth and during the depression years, economic development activity stabilized. Manufacturing employment dropped significantly and Chester as well as the rest of the country was experiencing lean times.
World War II stimulated a second period of economic prosperity. Employment increased and housing demands grew. Business and industry were operating at an all time high in the City. By 1950, Chester's population peaked at 66,039. But, the post-war economy had a negative impact on Chester as it did on many industrial cities at the time. By the mid-1950's Chester began its decline with many social and economic characteristics changing faster than the City could adjust. Employment declined as major industries moved out of the City, retail growth declined, the rest of Delaware County (which had once relied on Chester for employment opportunities) became more independent. However, since 1996 Chester began to dramtically emerge from this decline and has, thus far, seen an influx of over $1.3 billion in public and private investment.
Culturally, the City is rich with history and includes many significant facts and events:
- Pennsylvania's first court was held in Chester and the Courthouse is still standing.
- The first National Bank in the county was located in Chester.
- Chester was a critical section of the Underground Railroad for run away slaves.
Chester is uniquely positioned geographically with easy access to major roadways such as I-95 and I-476, waterways such as the Delaware River, air and railway transportation. Chester's location is one of the best on the northeast corridor. But beyond these attributes, Chester has great strengths and opportunities. Many major companies have reinvested millions of dollars into the community. Widener University is a major learning institution and provides many resources for community use. But, most of all, the strength of Chester lies in the attitudes and desires of the residents, the City government and many organizations in developing a vision and seeking ways to improve the standards of living for all of those who work and live in Chester.
An excellent website for those interested in learning more about the city and its history can be found at www.oldchesterpa.com.
Contributed by chestercity.com