Club: Philadelphia Union | Opening: 2010 | Capacity 18,500 seats
History and description
Subaru Park, previously known as PPL Park and Talen Energy Stadium, was built as a soccer-specific stadium for Major League Soccer expansion team Philadelphia Union.
Construction of the stadium started in late 2008 and was completed in the summer of 2010. The first match at the stadium was played on 27 June 2010 between Philadelphia Union and Seattle Sounders (3-1).
At the same time it was expected to serve as a catalyst for revitalising the Chester waterfront area, though little of this came to fruition in the years following.
Early on, plans were made to expand the stadium to a capacity of 20,000 seats, and possibly later to capacities of 27,000 and 30,000 seats, but no such plans exist at the current moment. The club has tentatively looked at building a new stadium in downtown Philadelphia following the wave of new downtown MLS stadiums, but again no concrete plans exist.
In 2015, the stadium changed name from PPL Park to Talen Energy Stadium, and in 2020 again to Subaru Park, following naming rights sponsorship deals.
How to get to Subaru Park
Subaru Park is located in the city of Chester, about 15 miles south-east from downtown Philadelphia and 2 miles east from downtown Chester.
The stadium lies on the waterfront of the Delaware River, next to the Commodore Barry Bridge. It can be easily reached from the I-95 (which connects Philadelphia with Baltimore). Take exit 4 toward the 322 East/Commodore Bay Bridge and next the exit for Chester Waterfront.
The club operates a shuttle service that runs from SEPTA regional train station Chester T.C. to the stadium. You can take a train (to Wilmington or Newark) from 30th Street Station in downtown Philadelphia. Shuttles run from 4 hours before the match and after the match until everybody has left.
Address: One Stadium Drive, Chester, PA 19013
Philadelphia Union Tickets
Tickets for Philadelphia Union games can be bought online.
Ticket prices can depend on the opposition but typically range from $33.00 for a seat behind the goal to $68.00 for a central seat at the main stand.
Tickets are usually easily available for most matches but still it is advised to book in advance for the odd sell-out.
You can find a seating plan here.
Photos of Subaru Park
Useful Internet links
Philadelphiaunion.com – Official website of the Philadelphia Union.
Visitphilly.com – Official visitor site for greater Philadelphia.
Septa.org – Public transport information for the wider Philadelphia area.