Saturday brings about a new season for Talen Energy Stadium, when the Union host Toronto FC for the first home game of 2017. And with a new season comes brand new features, entertainment and amenities for the best fans in MLS to have the best experience possible.
The Union will welcome Mad Beatz Philly to Talen Energy Stadium for every home game. The drumline will be out in the parking lots and on Toyota Plaza performing for fans. Fans and players will be treated to their mad beats during warm-ups all the way up to the opening whistle.
Accompanying each team’s procession into Talen Energy Stadium and throughout the player introductions and national anthem will be enormous banners on the field, celebrating Philadelphia soccer and the Union. Each flag is designed to create an engaging atmosphere before pregame and to get fans excited for the start of the game.
If you’ve ever been to an indoor stadium, chances are parachutes have dropped giveaways on fans. Now, the Union will be the first team ever to bring those parachute drops outdoors. While Mad Beatz is performing pregame on the field, parachutes will drop into the stands, giving fans some of the best giveaways the Union has ever had.
The pregame excitement will culminate with the official game ball delivery. On special games, skydivers will jump out of a plane and descend into Talen Energy Stadium, bringing officials the game ball while doing so. The excitement will get fans on their feet and bring passion and energy right from the opening kickoff.
Sons of Ben Capos
The Sons of Ben will also be experiencing some added game day amenities, as the Union have created more capo stands for the supporters’ group. These capo stands will be exclusively for the group to continue creating the best atmosphere in the game for the best supporters’ group in MLS.
With a new season comes new art. Much like the new banners, the deck flags are inspired by and created for Union fans. Donning the club colors, the new flags continue to make Talen Energy Stadium the Union’s home.
When you enter Talen Energy Stadium from the Delaware Stadium side, you’ll be greeted by works of art created by Union fans. At the Supporters’ Gate is the new Sons of Ben mural, painted by tifo guru Ryan Bross, featuring Ben Franklin and the Philadelphia skyline. And at the River Gate, a Union flag mural is present, painted by the Union Fan Council, and is complete with a Join or Die snake and the Philadelphia Union skyline.
Upgraded VIP Entrance
The VIPs will feel even more exclusive with the updated VIP Entrance. Designed for the luxury and exclusivity of being a VIP at a Union game, that experience starts as soon as you walk into Talen Energy Stadium.
New Parking Lot
Union fans will now have another area to park their vehicles. Lot F, located near the Delaware River, will be an open parking lot for all fans.
New Gate Art
To fully welcome Union fans to Talen Energy Stadium, the Union have created new signs for the gates, inspired by the Union and its fans.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Union Ale House
A must-stop destination for our 21 and over fans is the Union Ale House and Deck. Located above sections 103 and 104, the Union Ale House will have a large variety of beers, ranging from microbrews and craft beers all the way to domestics. But not just beer will be sold there, as soft drinks and liquor, including the Union’s In the Mix winner, will be sold at the Union Ale House.
Food and beverage at Field Seats and Field Tables
Another added feature to increase the game experience is food and beverage at the field seats and field tables. The food and beverage will allow fans to enjoy the full game experience with the convenience of having the best seat in the entire stadium.
Food Trucks Plaza
Outside of Talen Energy Stadium will a new culinary experience. Dubbed Food Truck Plaza, Union fans can purchase food and beverage from local Philadelphia food trucks while tailgating before the game.
Food Trucks inside Talen Energy Stadium
The food truck fare isn’t just isolated to outside of Talen Energy Stadium though. At select concession stands, Union fans will be able to purchase food from the food trucks located in Food Truck Plaza.
Another feature for our of-age fans, liquor will now be available for purchase at every concession stand. And at select locations, fans will be able to purchase the Union’s In the Mix contest winning drink.