One of the main reasons professional soccer has continued to thrive here in the United States has a great deal to do with the implementation of soccer specific stadiums, much like the one nearing completion in Chester, Pennsylvania, future home of the expansion Philadelphia Union.
What exactly is a soccer specific stadium? Well for starters most of these venues are located in the suburbs but usually not far from city limits and are generally small enough to entertain fans in an intimate setting with a seating capacity between 18,000-30,000.
Philadelphia’s soccer specific stadium is located a soft pretzel toss away from down town and nestled in the shadows of the Commodore Barry Bridge linking Chester to the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. When completed, Union Field should have a seating capacity around 18,500. By comparison, The Home Depot Center in Carson, California the largest stadium in Major League Soccer (MLS) and home to the L.A. Galaxy and CD Chivas USA, seats 27,000.