(Photo of Talen Energy Stadium by Sideline Photos LLC / Greg Carroccio)
Independence Day fireworks are always a sight to behold in Philadelphia, a city that basically put the 4th of July holiday on the map. Fans of pyrotechnics – and of exciting sports action – will get an extra post-holiday blast on Saturday, July 6 when the Philadelphia Union takes the pitch at Talen Energy Stadium as part of Labor Union Night at the Union.
The Union will be taking on Orlando City SC. And once the game action is over, all attendees will enjoy a fireworks display that is not to be missed. The experience takes place at the Home of the Union: Talen Energy Stadium, a venue that is every bit a gem of the city’s sports landscape.
“We’re on the banks of the Delaware River and you can see New Jersey across the waterway,” said Carl Cherkin, vice president of business development for the Union. “When the Commodore Barry Bridge lights up and the water glistens, it’s almost romantic. It really is. That night is going to be magnificent.”
The waterfront stadium opened its doors in June of 2010, becoming the permanent home of the Union as well as a locale for NCAA sporting events as well as concerts. On nights when the Union is in action, fans flock to pre-game activities at Toyota Plaza, enjoying sponsor giveaways, games of skill, plenty of tasty food and a family-friendly festival-like atmosphere. Compared to the high costs associated with taking in a game throughout professional sports, a family can catch a Union soccer match for around $100 with parking and holiday weekend fireworks included.
Philadelphians are passionate in their devotion to their sports teams. Even in the midst the more celebrated exploits of the Eagles, 76ers, Phillies and Flyers, in 2017, the Union was named the city’s top professional sports team for fan experience by J.D. Power.
“This study is about finding out which teams are giving their fans the best experience for their dollar,” Greg Truex, Senior Director, Sports Research at J.D. Power said, announcing the results of that survey. “Whether a team is a perennial champion, a contender or is accumulating draft picks to build for the future, they all need to find ways to get people through the turnstiles. The teams at the top of their markets understand what it takes to keep fans coming back for more, as well as recommending the experience to friends and family, regardless of the standings.”
Oh, and by the way, with a record of 9-4-4, your Philadelphia Union also happens to be a first-place team.
Groups of 40 will get two representatives on the field, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For tickets to Union Night at the Union, click here.