Chester, Pa. (February 25, 2011) – The Delaware County Planning Commission have selected PPL Park, the riverside home of Philadelphia Union, as a recipient of the William H. Bates Memorial Award for 2010. The award, named in honor of the late Chairman of Commission, is given annually to publically acknowledge outstanding land development projects in Delaware County. This is the fifth award PPL Park has garnered since opening its doors on June 27, 2010.
“We’re thrilled to accept another award on behalf of PPL Park,” said CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “Our intention since we began work on this project was to not only build a first-class home for the Union, but to provide the Chester Waterfront and Delaware County with an iconic landmark. We can’t wait to re-open the gates on March 26 for our first full year in the stadium.”
A state-of-the-art Major League Soccer Stadium seating 18,500 fans, PPL Park is the anchor of a $500 million waterfront revitalization project meant to bring revitalized energy and life to the area. The stadium is the fifth land development project from the City of Chester to garner the award, the most recent being Harrah’s Chester Casino and Race Track in 2007.
The William H. Bates Memorial Award was originally established in 1980 as the Outstanding Land Development Award to “encourage developers and municipalities to cooperate in providing a more efficient use of land and public services for County residents.” In 1982, the program was renamed in honor of William H. Bates to honor his 17 years of service on the Planning Commission.
ABOUT KEYSTONE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, is the ownership group of Philadelphia Union and is comprised of Chairman/Owner Jay Sugarman, CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, Christopher Buccini, Robert Buccini and David Pollin, founding partners of The Buccini/Pollin Group. The group launched Philadelphia Union's inaugural season on March 25, 2010 and opened PPL Park, the brand new $122 million soccer-specific stadium on the Chester Waterfront, on June 27, 2010. PPL Park, the home of Philadelphia Union, holds approximately 18,500 seats and will host various events throughout the year. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.