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.

Filtering by Category: Tailgating

SoB @ USA Rugby 7's Collegiate Championship; Special Ticket Pricing

The first weekend in June the Collegiate Rugby Championship is coming to PPL. Rugby sevens is a fast-paced version of rugby union, with short, exciting matches. There's a group stage and playoff rounds all in two days. Sevens is catching on strong in the US (our national team is quite competitive internationally) and will be an Olympic sport starting in 2016. Sixteen of the strongest collegiate sides in the country will be there, including Penn State and Temple.

We've worked out a special deal for our members for the event. $33 gets you a in-and-out ticket for the whole weekend, a voucher for a buy-one-get-one beer in the stadium, entrance to the block party, and a concert after the last match Saturday from the Dropkick Murphys. That's a $5 discount from the normal price. Be sure to enter the discount code: SOB to receive your discount! To buy tickets visit:

IMPORTANT: All tickets utilizing the discount code can be picked up the day of the event at the WILL CALL window are seated in Section 137 first then surrounding sections in the River End. Sales end on JUNE 1st so get your tickets today!!!

For more information on the USA Rugby 7's Collegiate Championship, please visit their website at:

Ad Finem Fidelis

Opening Day / Stache Bash Tailgate: Last Second Details

Here's all of the last second details for the tailgate tomorrow which promises to be a MASSIVE event:


Noon - 3pm


As many of you know, we're back on PPL grounds for the tailgate. We will be located at the end of Lot B bordering Lot C closest to the river. The general location is on the map:

The Menu:

Penne pasta in tomato sauce with mozzarella Tortiglioni in a vodka blush sauce with Italian sausage Caesar salad, hot dogs with available chili and cheese Burgers with available bacon and cheese Veggie burgers (ask at the grill) Hoagies including ham, turkey, Italian, cheese and veggie Water & Soda

Stache Bash

Some of our dedicated volunteers are raising money for the Bernardine Center as part of the SoB Help Kick Hunger campaign. There'll be a mustache-related carnival taking place at the tailgate, with all proceeds going to charity. Our friends from Bark Tees will be there selling Stache Bash tees as well as their usual line of great SoB-related tees.

If you can't make the tailgate but still want to help with Stache Bash please purchase your t-shirt from the BarkTees website.

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.


Register for the Upcoming Tailgates on Sept 1st, 4th, & 11th

Here are the registration events for the upcoming tailgates. Obviously, the Chivas friendly needs a quick turn around as far as attendance numbers but the good news is, it's FREE!!! Wednesday, September 1st: Chivas Guadalajara (FREE, BYOB)Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm Menu: Hoagies (Ham, Italian, Turkey, Roast Beef, & Cheese), Chips, Desserts Register:

Saturday, September 4th: Kansas City Wizards ($10, Beer & Food Included) Time: 11:30am - 2:30pm Menu: TBD Register:

Saturday, September 11th: Chicago Fire ($10, Beer & Food Included) Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm Menu: TBD Register:

SoB Super Secret Tailgate: Thursday, Aug 5th vs. Columbus

Shhhhhh.....Don't tell anyone!!! Details: 6pm - 7:15pm Location: Teber Granite and Marble.  (Map is below) Food: B&S Hoagies Beer: BYOB SIGNUP HERE:

This will be a BYOB tailgate and we'll be serving hoagies from B&S (200 total) so get there early.  There is NO CHARGE for the tailgate!

DJ Travi Trav will be spinning the hard drives of steel again.

The tailgate starts at 6pm and we will be closing up shop and MARCHING to PPL at 7:15pm sharp!

Remember:  The first rule of SoB Tailgating is you do not talk about SoB Tailgating!

Tailgate Location Update (x2): Union vs. Revolution (July 31st)

Photo Courtesy: Dan Gorman via Flickr

Due to the adverse conditions of our normal tailgating area we are moving the location for the Saturday, July 31st tailgate.

The NEW location for this tailgate is at Teber Marble & Granite.  It is located across the tracks from the entrance to Lot B of PPL Park and is half a block up on your left.  A map of the new, temporary tailgate area is below:

Also, with the change of location the tailgate menu will change as well. Here it is:

HOAGIES, Tomato Pie, Wings, Chips, Soda & Beer (of course).

Keep an eye on the website, BSFacebook, and Twitter for continued updates.

Click Here to Register for the July 31st Tailgate

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