PPL Park Looking To Expand?

PPL Park Looking To Expand?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 7, 2011
  • PPL Park, Stadium Expansion

I love it when MLS teams are aggressive with their plans. The Philadelphia Union are indeed one of those clubs. Philly.com is reporting that the club wants to make their home field even bigger.

Union officials are developing long-term plans to expand the stadium, contemplating a three-phase process, the first to increase seating from 18,500 to 20,000. By the end of the three-phase process they hope to have the stadium up to 30,000 seats.

Yes, 30k.

That would represent an overall 62 percent increase in capacity and the total cost would be right around $25 million. New decks would rise over the sideline stands and above the east sections collectively known as the River End.

The club already has a waiting list for season tickets as they sold out of the 13,000 season tickets allotted for this season. So there is a demand for more seats of course, similar to what we saw in Toronto at BMO Field.

What I like about their plans with this expansion plans is that it isn’t all right away. The first phase would only add 1,500 seats. And that phase wouldn’t be done for another couple years. Slow and steady growth, just like the league has been doing for years now. Smart if you ask me.

Hopefully before long they pass around some sketches of what this expansion could look like at PPL Park.

  • byob

    My question is, that is someone has more inside information, why not put a roof cover for at least two sides or go for your first idea of the circle roof cover. MLS stadiums need roof cover, since soccer is a all year sport. Add seats but also add roof cover, roof cover more fans and better atmosphere……..right

  • Paul

    The interesting item that they don’t mention in the article is that one of the reasons that they are considering the expansion is to allow Villanova to play their home football there if they end up entering the Big East for football in a few years.