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.

Directions to PPL Park

Public Transportation

To get to PPL Park, take the SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail line to the Chester Transportation Center (6th & Welch Street). There will be a free shuttle service to PPL Park (for Philadelphia Union matches) and back, with service beginning four hours prior to game time.

Shuttles returning to the Chester Transportation Center will be parked along Front Street, one block north of PPL Park (the same location you will be dropped off at before matches). Shuttles will run until everyone has left PPL Park. A last call announcement will be made when it appears all fans have departed.

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Driving Directions

From Philadelphia and points North

To Lot A

Take 95 South to exit 8 Stewart Avenue/Route 291.
Take left off exit ramp onto Stewart Avenue
Take right onto Route 291 west (2nd Street).
Take left onto Norris Street.
Proceed straight to Lot A parking.

To Lots B, C, D

Take 95 South to Exit 4 - Commodore Barry Bridge/322 East/291
Take exit for Chester Waterfront
Follow directions from PPL Park staff towards Lot B or Lot C

From points East (New Jersey)

Cross Commodore Bridge into Pa. and take immediate first exit on right (US13/9th Street)
At exit, stay to the left as it curves around to Flower Street
Follow Flower Street and make a left onto 2nd street for Lot A or cross 2nd Street for Lots B and C

From points West

Take Route 322 East
Merge onto 95 North
Travel 3/4 mile
Take Exit 4 - Commodore Barry Bridge/322 East/291
Take exit for Chester Waterfront
Take right at bottom of ramp to Lot B or C

From Rte. 476 (Blue Route)

Take 95 South
Take Exit 4 - Commodore Barry Bridge/291/322 East
Take exit for Chester Waterfront
Take right at bottom of ramp to Lots A or B

From Delaware and points South

Take 95 North to Exit 4 - Commodore Barry Bridge/322 East/291
Take exit for Chester Waterfront
Take right at bottom of ramp to Lot B or C
Travel .07 miles straight on Highland Avenue and follow signs to Lot B or C

 

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