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.

Sign-Up for the SoB & AO Tailgate (Tuesday, October 12th)

Sons of Ben and The American Outlaws are throwing a MASSIVE tailgate!!  Sign-up now to join us and help celebrate the arrival of the US Mens National Team to our home, PPL Park on Tuesday, October 12th.  All of the tailgate details are below so sign-up today. Because of the large turnout that is expected for this event, the cutoff for tailgate sign-ups will be Wednesday, October 6th at Midnight!!


Volunteers Needed: With an even this large we're asking for additional volunteers to help with the workload.  If you would like to help please sign-up via our volunteer form here.

Event Details:

Location Teber Granite and Marble lot, Pedestrian access to the site is via Seaport Drive, just opposite the entrance to Lot B.  We're behind the building that says "Chester Machine Works" on the river-facing façade.

Click to view in Google Maps.

Price $15 a person

Tailgate Menu From Brauhaus:

  • Roast Pork
  • Bratwurst
  • Potato Salad
  • Sauerkraut
  • Rolls

From B&S:

  • Turkey and Cheese Hoagies
  • Turkey Hoagies
  • Italian Hoagies
  • Ham and Cheese Hoagies
  • Cheese Hoagies
  • Veggie Hoagies

Beer All you can drink with 21+ ID.  There will be a large assortment of kegs.  For liability reasons, those who are visibly intoxicated will not be allowed in the beer tent.

Time 3:30 pm to 7 pm Food Service will end at 6:30 pm and beer will end at 7 pm.

Deadline to Sign Up Wednesday October 6, 2010 at Midnight.  Only prepaid tailgate tickets will be admitted.  There will be no day of game tickets available, no exceptions.

The Sons of Ben/AO Philly reserve the right to deny entry to anyone for any reason.


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