Our family had THEE best time at our very first Union game! It had us all wanting to come back (even my husband, who isn’t a soccer fan AT ALL. He did it for our daughter, who is totally obsessed and he wound up pleasantly surprised by how great it all was!) The crowd is amazing! It was really nice bunch of folks and a family-friendly atmosphere. I definitely felt safe and comfortable with the littles.
A term you should know if you’re heading to a game is ‘Son On Ben’, which is a group of die-hard Union fans who cheer and sing the entire game. They also set off blue colored smoke bombs when the Union scores. They actually make the game extra fun, and are just the right amount of rowdy!! The best part of the entire experience in my opinion however, happens even BEFORE the game even starts!
There are a bunch of super fun activities that take place just outside the stadium! (Make sure to get there extra early, especially if you have kiddos with you to enjoy them all!)
There’s a soccer field just the right size for kiddos to let loose, a hot air balloon basket for photo ops, another photo booth with a green screen for family photos they’ll email to you to you, and even video games, too!
The day we went there was even a man the kids were able to “slime” (remember Double Dare?!)!
The kiddos were given free ice cream from Turkey Hill also!
It’s safe to say they had an awesome time, and it seems there’s always some fun promos going on! We had no idea, but we went for 90’s night! All the Montel Jordan, Boyz 2 Men and Salt N Pepa we wanted! Nice throwback! Check out their themed nights for an added dose of fun! Tickets aren’t necessarily cheap and can be purchased here, but it is a really great time and well worth it for all that you get to do! It was really MUCH more fun than I anticipated!
They do offer group discount rates for parties of 10 people or more and have special $20 Sunday afternoon games, so look out for those! (Although we really enjoyed our summer night game, watching the sunset right from the stadium over the Commodore Barry Bridge!)We were pretty impressed with the Talen Energy Stadium overall! It was also a lot easier to get to from Center City Philly than I had thought, although I’m super partial to being able to walk or take public transportation to games, driving to them once in awhile isn’t so bad .The stadium is clean, sleek and easy to navigate! There’s really not a bad seat in the house for viewing, although the middle sections are covered, keeping you dry in case it rains. Those seats also have more cushioned seats and have arm rests in the middle, which the less expensive seats do not. The less expensive seats by the end zones seem to be more lively though. Priorities. Hmmm? I personally loved the river deck where you can catch a great sunset, chill with a brew and snap an “Insta-worthy” shot under the bright Union marquee letters. It’s a beer garden vibe, but it’s kid friendly too! Winning! The food is pretty decent as far as stadium food goes. Kiddos enjoyed a big ole bucket of their fave, Chickie’s crab fries at typical stadium prices.
I also noticed a local favorite food truck such as The Cow & The Curd and Baby Blues BBQ.
Brews were fairly standard with perhaps a few crafts. Nothing crazy at all. The staff were all very nice and helpful.
I’ll admit parking was a tad slow and a little confusing for us first timers, who had a pre-paid parking pass in section A. It seems just arriving and just finding a lot may be easier.
The lots were all nice and big and not too far from the stadium. They were well lit and had Porta Potties every few yards.
The pricing wasn’t completely astronomically either. They do bag and metal detector checks at the entrance. Ladies, unlike many Philly stadiums, you are allowed purses and they don’t have to be clear!
The Will Call window and ticket booth are easy to spot right by the main gate.
Great stadium! Really great time!
Look forward to another visit!