Media Policy and Credentials

PHILADELPHIA UNION
COMMUNICATIONS CONTACTS

Ryan Schwepfinger
Director, Communications
Credentialing & soccer information
Email
Office: (610) 497-6727
Cell: (610) 751-7067
Matt Bodiford
Manager, Communications
Interview requests
Email
Office: (610) 497-6337
Cell: (713) 876-2909

CREDENTIALING/MEDIA RSVP

2018 PHILADELPHIA UNION FULL-SEASON CREDENTIALS

Season media credentials will be issued to established newspapers, magazines, television, radio stations and websites making reasonable requests.  To qualify, an outlet must cover the majority of the club’s home games in a professional manner. Websites and blogs will be granted access at the sole discretion of the Philadelphia Union Communications Department.  Those written and produced by season ticket holders and active members of the Sons of Ben will not be given access. Members of the media may apply for full-season credentials ahead of the 2018 season by clicking the button below. Applications are due by January 31, 2018.

APPLY FOR 2018 UNION FULL-SEASON CREDENTIALS

As in 2017, all full-season credential holders must confirm attendance for upcoming matches using an online RSVP form, to be updated ahead of the 2018 season. RSVPs must be received 48 hours prior to kickoff to guarantee press box seating/space on the photo endlines/media parking.

Additionally, requests for single-match credentials must be made via the aforementioned online form at least 48 hours prior to kickoff. Those that have not applied via the online form will not be granted access.

TALEN ENERGY STADIUM EVENT CREDENTIALS

Please note that credentialing for Talen Energy Stadium events that are not Philadelphia Union matches are handled by that event's organizer, not Union Communications.

ROAD CREDENTIALS

Members of the Philadelphia Union’s media traveling to road games should submit requests for credentials to Union Communications no later than five (5) business days prior to the road game.

MEDIA POLICY

MEDIA WILL CALL

Members of the media needing credentials at the game must pick up passes at the Media Will Call gate at Talen Energy Stadium, located directly in front of Lot B.  Each person must pick up his or her own credentials and present corresponding photo identification.  Media Will Call opens two hours prior to the scheduled kickoff.  All media must enter through the press gate entrance located near the west side of the stadium.  Media credentials will not be honored at any other entrance.  All credentials are non-transferable. Any unauthorized use will result in ejection from Talen Energy Stadium and confiscation of the credentials.

BROADCAST

In making requests for broadcast credentials, please specify requirements for spotters and/or statisticians.  These services must be arranged in advance.  Broadcast locations are located on the Talen Energy Stadium press level.

PARKING

A limited number of parking spaces are available for working media in Lot B. Members of the media seeking parking are advised to make their requests via the online form at the time of single-match credential application. All approved media members' names will be added to a list held by the parking attendant.  Please note that Philadelphia Union will not be able to accommodate all requests, especially if the request is made after the credential application deadline.

PRESS BOX

The press box at Talen Energy Stadium is located along the west side of the stadium on the third floor.  The press box will open two hours before kickoff. Admittance is limited to working media members with valid credentials and is intended for the purpose of providing a work place for writers, reporters, broadcasters and game personnel. It is imperative that even full-season credential holders notify the Communications Department of their intention to cover a game in order to receive press box seating, via the online RSVP form. Family members and guests will not be accommodated in the press box. Abuse of press box press privileges will result in forfeiture of a press pass.

GAME NOTES/STATISTICS

Game notes and statistics will be available in the press box. Statistics will be distributed to each seat at halftime and following the game.  Periodic announcements will also be made during the game.

LOCKER ROOM ACCESS

Approximately 5-15 minutes following the conclusion of the game, a postgame news conference will be held in the news conference room next to the locker rooms on the field level featuring the Union Head Coach and one select Union player. Fifteen minutes following the conclusion of the match, the locker room will be open to media. Philadelphia Union and visitor locker rooms are located near the south end of the stadium on the field level. Your cooperation and professional courtesy is asked in maintaining a proper working atmosphere for postgame interviews. Absolutely no autographs are allowed during media access periods, and no still photographs are permitted in the locker room. Only those individuals that are working members of the press will granted access to the locker room.  Family members and guests are not permitted.

FIELD ACCESS

Only working newspaper, magazine and network TV photographers and club/stadium officials with the proper field access are permitted on the field during the match. All bibs for field access may be picked up at the southwest corner of Talen Energy Stadium, and members of the media with field access should enter/exit the field at that point. Please see below for more information on photo bibs.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Still photographers holding proper credentials may position themselves along either endline at field level.  Immediately prior to each match, photographers who wish to shoot the traditional pre-game team photo will be escorted on cue to the midfield sideline by photo marshals.  Photographers will be instructed to walk only on the sidelines-never on the field of play-en route to these temporary sideline positions.  Once team photos have been taken, photographers will be directed to quickly return to their endline photo positions.  During the match, photographers are advised that they have restricted freedom of movement.  At no time during the game can photographers shoot from directly behind the goal.  Also, movement from one end of the field to the other is allowed only at halftime on the sideline opposite the team benches. Still photographers DO NOT have access to the locker room at any time.

PHOTOGRAPHER PHOTO BIBS

Each accredited photographer will be issued a specially designed photo bib/vest provided by Philadelphia Union for identification purposes as a mandatory supplement to the credential.  The photo bib serves as a temporary access control device and must be returned to the photo marshals area at the end of each match.  The photo bib must be worn at all times while present at any photo position.  Photographers in unauthorized shooting positions or not wearing a bib risk suspension of their credential. 

MEALS

Food and beverages are available to working members of the media in the Media Dining Room on the press level.


DURING THE WEEK


TRAINING ACCESS

During the regular season, training sessions typically run two hours and usually begin at 10:00 a.m.  Training times can, and frequently do, vary. Members of the media who intend to cover training sessions on a regular basis should call the Philadelphia Union Communications Department to obtain the latest training schedule information and arrange interviews. Training sessions will, in general, be open to the media for the final 15 minutes. No media members are allowed into the locker room before, during or after training sessions.

INTERVIEWS

All interview requests for a player, coach or Union staff member must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling or e-mailing Matt Bodiford. Interview requests made directly to a player run the risk of being denied.

WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE

The head coach's weekly press conference will be held in the Interview Room at Talen Energy Stadium. Times and dates will vary but the press conference will also be streamed live on Philadelphiaunion.com. To ask questions, reporters must either attend the press conference in person or call into the conference line. The Philadelphia Union communications department will provide the conference line number prior to the press conference, as well as if there is a change in day or time of the press conference.