More than 8,000 tickets have been sold to the Men’s Eagles’ November 9 match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks at PPL Park.
The 20,000-seat stadium is no stranger to rugby, having hosted USA Sevens’ invitational college rugby sevens event each of the past three years, but this will be the first time the Eagles will compete on the natural grass pitch in Chester, Penn.
PPL Park opened its doors for the first time June 27, 2010, when Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union defeated the Seattle Sounders 3-1. The MLS’ expansion into Philadelphia occurred in 2008, with the Union becoming the League’s 16th team.
The average attendance for the Philadelphia Union’s 2012 season was 18,053, good for 11th-highest in the 19-team League. The attendance at PPL Park also attributed to the MLS having higher average attendance figures than both the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association for their 2011-12 seasons.
After hosting the 2012 Big East Men’s Soccer Championship last November following the tournament’s relocation from New Jersey’s Red Bull Stadium due to Hurricane Sandy, PPL Park was selected to host the 2013 NCAA College Cup. The College Cup, the culmination of the 48-team NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament, will be played December 13 and 15.
The inaugural Army-Navy Cup, contested between the two service academies’ soccer teams, was played at PPL Park last October, but the Cup was not awarded due to a 1-1 draw. The Black Knights and Midshipmen will both be hoping to take home the trophy this year when the second Army-Navy Cup – and 80th overall meeting between the two teams – is played at PPL Park November 8.
The University of Delaware and Villanova University rivalry, dubbed Battle of the Blue since 2007, marked the first American football game played at PPL Park November 19, 2011. The Delaware Fighting Blue Hens defeated the Villanova Wildcats 26-16 to win the Battle of the Blue Trophy for the first time and earn their first victory between the two schools since 2006. The rivalry will continue at PPL Park November 17, 2013, with Villanova holding an all-time 24-21-1 record against Delaware.
Most recently, PPL Park was home to the Major League Lacrosse’s Championship Weekend August 24-25. The fourth-ranked Charlotte Hounds defeated the top-seeded Denver Outlaws 17-14 in the first semifinal before the Chesapeake Bayhawks edged the Hamilton Nationals 13-12 to book their third trip to the MLL Championship Game for the third time in four years. The Bayhawks captured their fifth overall MLL Championship and second consecutive with a 10-9 win.
PPL Park was selected as the “Sports/Recreation Project of the Year” by Mid-Atlantic Construction Magazine in September 2010 and was awarded the 2010 William H. Bates Memorial Award by the Delaware Country Planning Commission.
The Eagles have never played in the state of Pennsylvania, but will end that drought Saturday, November 9, against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks. Purchase tickets here before the world-class PPL Park sells out!