Women's Soccer to Play Villanova at PPL Park

PHILADELPHIA -Soccer fans in the Philadelphia area will have an exciting opportunity to see two of the top women's college teams in the area play in a world-class venue when the Penn and Villanova women's soccer teams meet at PPL Park on Friday, September 9 at 7 p.m.The game will mark the first time that the Quakers will play at the home of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union, located on the Chester waterfront a short distance from the Penn campus.

Tickets to the game will go on sale shortly and once available can be purchased online at www.comcasttix.com or by calling 1-800-298-4200. All tickets are general admission and are available for $5. Sale dates will be announced soon.

"This is a great opportunity for both programs to showcase ourselves to the local soccer communities," said Penn head coach Darren Ambrose. "We appreciate being given this chance with Villanova, and are grateful to the Philadelphia Union and PPL Park for making this happen. We are really looking forward to the game."

This will mark the second time the Penn women's soccer team has played in a stadium specifically designed for an MLS team. During the 2007 season, the Quakers played at Toyota Park -- home of MLS's Chicago Fire -- and defeated Loyola University of Chicago, 5-1.

Penn and Villanova have played 13 times, with the Wildcats holding an 11-1-1 lead in the series. However, the Quakers' first win came last year, a 3-0 decision at Rhodes Field. Penn went on to win the Ivy League title for the second time in four years.

PPL Park is the state-of-the-art home of the Philadelphia Union and has served as one of the key catalysts of the revitalization of the Chester Waterfront. The stadium is ideally located less than 10 miles south of Philadelphia International Airport, with easy access to major roadways such as I-95, I-476, US-322 and PA-291.

The Philadelphia Union competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), the top professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. The Union became MLS's 16th team upon their expansion into the league in 2010. The team played its inaugural game on March 25, 2010, and its first game at PPL Park on June 27, 2010. After 22 games in 2011, the Union are second in the Eastern Conference with 33 points.

PPL Park Fast Facts
*World-class waterfront stadium located just over 15 miles from Center City, Philadelphia.
*40-50 annual events.
*Stadium capacity of approximately 18,500 for soccer and 26,000 for concerts.
*Natural grass playing surface.
*29 Luxury Suites and an 11,000 square foot full-service club restaurant.
*State-of-the-art LED signage and innovative experiential zones.
*Sideline roofs providing protection from the elements.
*Expansive grass areas and large promenades surrounding the stadium for tailgating.