Union delays home games for construction

    After months of speculation about when it will open its 18 thousand seat stadium on the Chester waterfront, the Philadelphia Union soccer team says it will play its first game at the arena June 27.

    After months of speculation about when it will open its 18 thousand seat stadium on the Chester waterfront, the Philadelphia Union soccer team says it will play its first game at the arena June 27. The team announced last year that the stadium wouldn’t be ready in time for the team’s first home game on April 10 because of construction delays.

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    Union President Tom Veit says the credit crunch couldn’t have come at a worse time for the fledgling Major League Soccer expansion team, which broke ground on the 115 million dollar stadium in late 2008. Construction was halted when the team was unable to get adequate bond revenue.

    Veit says the stadium will be completed in June – after the team plays two home games at Lincoln Financial Field.

    Because of the construction delays, Viet says, the team scheduled as many home games as possible later in the season.

    Veit: We had made a commitment to our fans to play as many games as we could in our home stadium, so that means it’s a little inconvenient for our team to have to go on the road, but it’s worth it to make sure that we can keep our promises to our fans.

    Veit says the team will play the Eagles for use of the Linc, but declined to say how much.

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