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.

WOW!!!

State agrees to chip in for Rivertown Highlights from the press conference: The development will take place over several phases:

  • An ownership group is working closely with Major League Soccer in an effort to bring the League’s 16th franchise to Philadelphia. If successful, development will begin with the construction of a $115 million, 20,000 seat multi-use stadium at the foot of the Commodore Barry Bridge in Chester.
  • Phase one, expected to begin this fall, will include the stadium, 186 town homes; 25 apartment residences; 335,000 sq feet of office space; a convention and exposition center of approximately 200,000 sq. feet; 22,215 sq. feet of retail space; and structured parking with capacity for 1,350 cars. In addition, there will be substantial remediation and infrastructure construction highlighted by new streets, greenways, and a riverside promenade that will include boat slips.
  • Phase two will include an additional 200 apartment units, 100,000 sq. feet of office space as well as retail space in excess of 22,000 sq. feet.

The projected economic impact includes:

  • More than 2,600 construction jobs
  • At least 800 new net jobs on an annualized basis
  • On an annual basis, the project will generate $19 million in total tax revenue (65% of which accrues to the Commonwealth)

© copyright 2014, Sons of Ben.  Main image by Earl Gardner.