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Amanda Young Curtis

Director, PR and Communications

Erica Scheer

Senior Manager, PR and Communications

Members of the media are advised that the Philadelphia Union are now accepting single-game credential applications for the 2021 MLS Season.

Please note, there will be no season credentials for the start of the 2021 season, single-game credentials will be distributed at each home match. It is also important to note, due to ongoing health and safety protocols set in place, there will be a limited amount of media seating available for each home match. A confirmation email will be sent out the day prior to the match to those who will be credentialed for that match.

All applications must be submitted no later than 24 hours before a match.

Single-Match Credential Application

Single-Match Credential Application

Media Health and Safety Protocols at Subaru Park

  • Masks must be worn inside Subaru Park at all times unless eating or drinking
  • There will be designated parking spots for media upon arrival (aside from pre-season match)
  • When entering through the media gate, media members will be given a temperature check and a standard bag check
  • A pre-boxed meal will be given to each member upon arrival at media gate (aside from pre-season match)
  • Written press will be seated with six feet of distance between each other; Photographers will be given designated areas they may shoot from in the stands; There will be a designated spot for those broadcasters wishing to do a stand-up
  • Game notes and statistics will be available digitally, no hard copies will be delivered during the match
  • There will be no locker room or postgame access; postgame media availability will continue to be facilitated through zoom.

SUBARU PARK EVENT CREDENTIALS

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

ROAD CREDENTIALS

Philadelphia Union Communications can request credentials for members of the media desiring to travel to an away game on that member's behalf. Media members 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 to pick up credentials at the game must do so at the Media Will Call gate at Subaru Park, located directly in front of Lot B-VIP, in the stadium's southwest corner. 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. Media credentials will not be honored at any other entrance. All credentials are non-transferable. Professional behavior while in possession of a credential is expected at all times. Any unauthorized use will result in ejection from Subaru Park and confiscation of the credentials.

PARKING

Parking spaces are available for members of the media. Members of the media seeking parking must make that request via the online form at the time of full-season credential RSVP/single-match credential application. All approved media members' names will be added to a list held by the parking attendant. Due to space limitations, 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 Subaru Park 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 workplace 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 privileges will result in forfeiture of a credential.

GAME NOTES/STATISTICS

Game notes and statistics will be available digitally, no hard copies will be delivered during the match. Requests for research and information should be made to Erica Scheer.

LOCKER ROOM ACCESS

There will be no locker room or postgame access; postgame media availability will continue to be facilitated through zoom.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Photographers will be given designated areas they may shoot from in the stands.

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

A pre-boxed meal will be given to each member upon arrival at media gate.

DURING THE WEEK

TRAINING ACCESS

During the regular season, training sessions typically run about 90 minutes 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 contact Union Communications to obtain the latest training schedule information and request interviews. Training sessions are open to the media for the final 15 minutes. No media members are allowed into the locker room before, during or after training sessions. Due to COVID-19 protocols, all training sessions are closed to members of the media.

INTERVIEWS

All interview requests for a player, coach or Union staff member must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling or emailing Erica Scheer with Union Communications. Interview requests should never be made directly to a player.

WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE

The Union Head Coach's weekly press conference will be held in the press conference at Subaru Park, generally on Wednesdays at 12:30. 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.