Philadelphia Union: New Stadium Late but Worth the Wait

Phil Andrews@philandrewsWMCNCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2010

As a season ticket holder, I am not 100% thrilled to know that I have to wait until June 27 to watch my team play in its new soccer specific stadium, but then again ,that’s just me being a spoiled brat.

No I take that back, it’s like me, having to wait four months to open a  birthday present I know I really want but can’t wait to open.

Unfortunately, said stadium, Union Field in Chester, Pa. is a few months behind schedule and will not be completed in time for the start of the 2010 MLS (Major League Soccer) season.

By the way, it looks like the team is also close to signing a naming rights deal with Allentown-based energy company Pennsylvania Power and Light; Hello PP & L Stadium.

With that said, I am still very excited about the upcoming MLS  season, because my team, the expansion Philadelphia Union will make their League debut. Can’t wait.

A quick look at the team's recently released schedule reveals that the Union will play 17 nationally televised games, which is pretty impressive for a 30 game regular season.

So while I wait for the new stadium to open, I will use my season tickets to watch
the team Apr 10 game against D.C. United and the May 15 game against FC Dallas at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.

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Philadelphia Union
2010 Season Schedule

Mar. 25: at Seattle, 9:30 p.m.
Apr. 10: vs. D.C. United, 6 p.m.
Apr. 15: at Toronto FC, 7 p.m.
Apr. 24: at New York, 4 p.m.

May  1: at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
May  8: at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m.
May 15: vs. FC Dallas, 4 p.m.
May 29: at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

June  5: at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
June 10: at Kansas City, 8 p.m.
June 27: vs. Seattle, 5 p.m.

July  3: at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m.
July 10: vs. San Jose, 5:30 p.m.
July 17: vs. Toronto FC, 3:30 p.m.
July 21: at Colorado, TBA
July 31: vs. New England, 3:30 p.m.

Aug.  5: vs. Columbus, 8 p.m.
Aug.  8: at FC Dallas, 7 p.m.
Aug. 11: vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 14: vs. Colorado, 4 p.m.
Aug. 22: at D.C. United, 2 pm.
Aug. 28: at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Sept.  4: vs. Kansas City, 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 11: vs. Chicago, 6 p.m.
Sept. 18: at San Jose, 10 p.m.
Sept. 25: vs. Chivas USA, 4 p.m.

Oct.  2: vs. Houston, 4 p.m.
Oct.  7: vs. Los Angeles, 8 p.m.
Oct. 16: vs. New York, 6 p.m.
Oct. 24: at Columbus, 4 p.m.