CHESTER, PA (July 28, 2012) – Army/Navy will commemorate the 79th meeting of the two soccer teams when the rivalry continues as they converge at PPL Park in Chester, PA, Sunday, September 30, 2 p.m.
“The Army-Navy rivalry is one of the most storied traditions in all of college sports, and for us to have the privilege to compete in one of the newest and most exiting Major League Soccer stadiums will be a thrill for our players. To play in front of some the most dedicated sports fans in country will truly make this event a memorable experience for our cadet-athletes. It will also be a tremendous showcase for college soccer. I’d like to thank everyone at the Philadelphia Union for helping to organize this event.” said Army Head Coach Russell Payne
Army posted a 7-10-1 overall record and finished sixth in the Patriot League with a 2-4-1 mark in 2011. Army will look to improve on one of their strongest seasons with a deep and talented class of 2013 in-coming freshmen.
"The Navy men's soccer program is thrilled to be able to play Army this year at PPL Park. Both programs have come miles these last few seasons and I'm sure are looking forward to showing their overall quality and level at such an excellent venue. The game certainly promises to be highly competitive and a great advertisement for Patriot League men's soccer" said Navy Head Coach, Dave Brandt.
Navy owns a 38-27-13 series advantage against Army. The Midshipmen have won three games in a row in the series, all coming by 1-0 scores. Last year's Navy squad went 7-7-5 overall on the season. Head Coach Dave Brandt will return 17 letter winners and nine starters from that squad.
“We’re excited to bring another world class event to PPL Park”, said Nick Sakiewicz, Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner. “Not only are we able to continue the storied history of Army-Navy sporting events in the Greater Philadelphia Region, but we are part of a new tradition in soccer that we look forward to having fans enjoy for years to come, in the beautiful setting of PPL Park.”
Tickets go on sale Friday, August 3 and exclusively online through ComcastTIX.com. Tickets for general admission are $18, which includes parking. Reserved seats, located in sections 126-128, are $28, which includes parking. Tickets can be purchased online at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200, or in person at the PPL park box office.
This will be the first of a two-game series at PPL Park that will mark just the fourth time that these teams meet at a neutral site. PPL Park, which was constructed from 2008-10 and cost $120 million to build, is a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat Major League Soccer stadium that serves as the Philadelphia Union's home facility and sits on the banks of the Delaware River. The stadium is ideally located about 15 miles from downtown Philadelphia. The stadium features a natural grass pitch, 30 luxury suites, sideline roofs to provide protection from the elements, expansive grass areas and large promenades surrounding the stadium for tailgating and outdoor music festivals and a state-of-the-art LED scoreboard.
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 the Philadelphia Union's inaugural season on March 25, 2010 and opened PPL Park, the 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
About Global Spectrum
Global Spectrum, the public assembly facility management of Comcast-Spectacor (comcast-spectacor.com), manages PPL Park for the Philadelphia Union. Comcast-Spectacor is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the home arena for both the Flyers and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the Wells Fargo Center, and four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 100 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; FanOne, a digital fan marketing company; and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue enablement, ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.