Despite the Accolades, PPL Park Is Far From Ready

(Philadelphia, PA) - Yesterday was a historic day for Philadelphia soccer fans and a homecoming for Philadelphia Union faithful. A crowd of over 18,000 were in attendance to open the team's new home, PPL Park.

The $120 million dollar venue, nestled on the bank of th Delaware River, was opened with a certain set of tight deadlines from the team and the community. Even though the arena is a step in the right direction for the city and the team, it is far from perfect and in some places, far from done.

Beyond the fact that the stadium is located in the occasionally hostile city of Chester (which is a factor that may inhibit the teams long-term success), The stadium was delayed for countless weeks, forcing the team to play their opening home games at the Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field.

Most delays came from construction issues and caused the first two home games (about the span of two months) to take place at Lincoln Financial Field.

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