Sons of Ben

The Sons of Ben is a 501(c) (3) Pennsylvania based non-profit, membership organization.

The Sons of Ben, founded in January 2007, exists to support and develop the Delaware Valley soccer community. Through active, grassroots support, the Sons of Ben helped establish the momentum leading to the creation of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Philadelphia Independence of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league. In forging a relationship with Chester City, Delaware County and Pennsylvania State political leaders along with Major League Soccer, the vocal support of the group directly influenced the decision to award Philadelphia with an MLS franchise.

The Sons of Ben have provided a social outlet for soccer supporters to share common interests and be part of a larger community of sports fans in the 4th largest American media market. The organization has grown to include over 5,000 members throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and around the world. The Sons of Ben have also grown to oversee the Delaware Valley Infantry, a US Soccer supporters group based in Philadelphia region, and the Daughters of Betsy, a Philadelphia Independence (WPS) supporters group.
Charitable and philanthropic efforts have been central to the Sons of Ben since its founding, as evidenced by annual initiatives supporting the Bernardine Center in Chester, PA through its Help Kick Hunger campaign and ongoing efforts to support various other organizations close to the Delaware Valley soccer community.

The coming months will start a new chapter in the organizations noteworthy story with many historical events marking the arrival of the Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Independence and the Sons of Ben into the national spotlight.

FAQ – Road Trips to Away Matches with Sons of Ben

SOB Travel Resources:

Bus Trips – Tri State area & NYCFC

Bus Trips - Match Tickets Included

Bus and Match tickets are priced together for all Bus related travel.  There will be a Sons of Ben board member at all Bus Away matches who will HAND DELIVER your game day ticket.  

Bus Trips – Ticket Only

If you have purchased TICKET ONLY option and you are making your own way to the Away Stadium we ask that you meet us at the designated Bus area at the time indicated by the Sons of Ben.   If you are not able to meet the Bus travelers please contact by TEXT – Gerry Hendrix at (302) 898-4333

Bus Trips – Tailgate

Tailgates are offered based on the most available time prior to an Away Match.  If offered - the food is generally prepared in advance with choices for all pallets.  Volunteers are always needed to set up and break down the tailgate – it does not take long if we are all working together.   Set-up is done immediately upon arriving at the designated parking area.  Cleanup and break down is done 45 minutes before the match starting whistle.  

Bus Trips – Missed Busses

Busses are on a tight schedule and will leave at the posted time.  If you have missed the bus you are responsible for making your way to the event.    

Further Away Matches

Away Match – Travel Packages

Travel suggestions are always welcome - please contact Gerry Hendrix at Gerry.hendrix@sonsofben.com

At this time we do not offer any Away Match travel packages.   If a travel package becomes available to our members it will be posted on all of the Sons of Ben Social Media sites and email blasts.  

Away Matches – Ticket Delivery

Except for Bus Trips - when you purchase your Away Match tickets at Ticketleap.com you are simply reserving a ticket for the upcoming Away Match.   Your E-Tickets will be emailed to you 2-4 days before you travel.  Please ensure you have submitted the correct email address when purchasing your ticket.  

If you do not have access to a printer prior to the match please contact Gerry.hendrix@sonsofben.com to put your ticket at WILL CALL at the Away Stadium.  This must be done 1 day PRIOR to the match.  

Away Matches – Meeting Up Beforehand

We always encourage you to meet up before hand to get to know each other and share the common bond we have – supporting the Philadelphia Union.  Suggestions are appreciated for locations far away from home.  Often an email will go to you suggesting a meeting place where you can gather.  Feel free to invite suggestions as you may be more familiar with a given location.    

We recommend the following Best Practices:  

  • Vet the place prior to the match to avoid Home Team base bars.  

  • Make sure the meet up location is within a reasonable walking distance from the Away Stadium

  • Make sure you are walking in a safe location – especially in the outbound direction

Member Etiquette At All Times  

You can read our complete Etiquette policy here http://www.sonsofben.com/etiquette/

Always demonstrate respect for the Philadelphia Union and the Sons of Ben organizations whom you represent at an Away Match.  There are no variations of the Sons of Ben behavior standards as you cross state lines

  • Be Loud – Support your Philadelphia Union

  • Be Proud – be the best supporters in the league

  • Be Smart – Enjoy yourself, but if you can’t handle alcohol – abstain.  Don’t make it ugly by using slurs or violence against the hosting teams and their representatives.  NOTE:  We do not provide bail money or alternate transportation … or refunds for banned membership!

  • Be Passionate – This is OUR TEAM  and it’s OUR JOB to support them

You can read our complete Etiquette policy here http://www.sonsofben.com/etiquette/

Tifo - All Road Trips

With highlighted security protocols at MLS stadiums the Tifo allowances are strictly supervised.  All Tifo items are approved before the match by the SOB Travel Director and the Host Team security officers.  Iyou have an unapproved item it will NOT be permitted into the Host Stadium.  

 

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