MLS Union Exploring Upgrades To PPL Park With Focus On Fan Experience
MLS Union CEO & Managing Partner Nick Sakiewicz and other members of the team’s ownership group "have been meeting in recent weeks to explore enhancements to the viewer experience at PPL Park," according to Matthew De George of the DELAWARE COUNTY TIMES. The club is "feeling out the cost and logistical impact of such additions, having engaged consultants to determine what changes can be made to the fan experience over the coming few years." Among the renovations "on the table for the immediate future are increasing the number of suites, new offerings outside the stadium at the hospitality area known as Toyota Plaza and the addition of a restaurant or party deck behind the Sons of Ben section on the River End." While there "are no definitive time lines," Sakiewicz is "hopeful that some changes will be implemented" for the '14 season. Sakiewicz projects that "a decade on, PPL Park’s capacity can be increased from the 18,500 it can currently accommodate to near 30,000." But the "intimate feeling of the stadium is something Sakiewicz will take pains to preserve." Sakiewicz called views from PPL Park such as the Commodore Barry Bridge and the Delaware River "iconic symbols of our brand" (DELAWARE COUNTY TIMES, 5/3).