Address: 1 Stadium Drive, Chester
Pitch Size: 120 yds × 75 yds
Pitch Type: Perennial Ryegrass and Kentucky Bluegrass
Club Nickname: Nickname: Union
Year Ground Opened: 2010
Shirt Sponsors: Artesano
Home Kit: Blue
Away Kit: White
The home of Philadelphia Union is located just five miles south of Philadelphia International Airport, and is a multi-purpose facility that boasts 29 luxury suites, a built-in concert stage, and a full-service club restaurant. The sideline roofs were designed to protect fans from the elements, without obstructing their views of the iconic Commodore Barry Bridge and Delaware River.
The stadium opened in June 2010, and has since picked up several different awards, including Best Sports/Recreation Project of the Year from Mid Atlantic Construction Magazine. As well as hosting MLS matches for Philadelphia Union, the venue has hosted various college matches, including the Battle of the Blue, which features Villanova University and University of Delaware football, as well as the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship, and NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse matches.
Founded in 2007, a supporters group called Sons of Ben was instrumental in the founding of the club and its stadium, petitioning for MLS to expand to the Philadelphia market. The group, named after Benjamin Franklin, was included in the expansion press conference, as well as being present at the naming ceremony at City Hall in 2009. Smaller supporters groups include The Keystone State Ultras, who can be found in section 140 of Subaru Park, La Union Latina in section 114, the Tammany Saints in sections 101 and 133, the Corner Creeps in section 134, the IllegitimateS in section 133, and the Bridge Crew in sections 120-121. The club’s primary rival is D.C. United.
Tickets for the 2021 MLS campaign are now available, and can be found here.
Official club website
Philadelphia Union fixture list
Public transport: To get to the stadium, visitors can take the SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail line to the Chester Transportation Center on 6th & Welsh Street. There, supporters can make use of the free shuttle service to Subaru Park and back for all Philadelphia Union home matches, with the service beginning four hours before kick-off. Shuttles returning to the Chester Transportation Center will be parked at Front Street, one block north of Subaru Park, the same location fans will be dropped off at before games. A last call announcement is made to ensure all fans have departed.
Uber: The Uber Lot is located at Subaru Park Lot E on Reaney Street, between Seaport Drive and W. Front Street. Ubers will be available when the second half begins.
From Philadelphia and points North
To Lot A parking: Take 95 South to exit 8 Stewart Avenue/Route 291, turn left off exit ramp onto Stewart Avenue, turn right onto Route 291 west (2nd Street), turn left onto Norris Street.
To Lot B or Lot C parking: Take 95 South to Exit 4 – Commodore Barry Bridge/322 East/291, and take exit for Chester Waterfront.
From points East
Cross Commodore Bridge into Pa. and take immediate first exit on right (US13/9th Street), and stay to the left as it curves around to Flower Street. Follow Flower Street and make a left onto 2nd street for Lot A or cross 2nd Street for Lots B and C.
From points West
Take Route 322 East, before merging onto 95 North. Travel 3/4 mile, and take Exit 4 – Commodore Barry Bridge/322 East/291. Then take exit for Chester Waterfront, before taking right at bottom of ramp to Lot B or C.
From Rte. 476 (Blue Route)
From Delaware and points South, take 95 North to Exit 4 – Commodore Barry Bridge/322 East/291, before taking exit for Chester Waterfront. Then take right at bottom of ramp to Lot B or C, and travel straight on Highland Avenue and follow signs to Lot B or C.
Given the stadium’s proximity to Philadelphia International Airport, there are a number of hotels that serve both the stadium and the airport. Edging towards Subaru Park, however, is Candlewood Suites Chester – Philadelphia, whose prices begin at around $106 per night. Also nearby is the Best Western Plus Philadelphia Airport South At Widener University, and the Days Inn by Wyndham Chester Philadelphia Airport, which are available for around $77 and $71 respectively.
Philadelphia Union have strong ties to a number of local pubs which will show the club’s away fixtures. They include Appetites on Main, Brauhaus Schmitz, Cocco’s Pizza Aston, The Larimer, The Union Craft House, Mott’s Lower Level Bar, The Plough & the Stars, and The Crossbar.