June 18, 2013
CHESTER, Pa. -- The Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of Navy will commemorate their historic 80th meeting in men's soccer, when this extraordinary rivalry brings the two service Academies back to PPL Park on Friday, November 8, 2013. PPL Park is the home of Philadelphia Union, of Major League Soccer.
"We are excited to welcome back such a historic event like the Army-Navy Cup back to PPL Park," said Nick Sakiewicz, CEO & Operating Partner of Philadelphia Union. "Army-Navy is such a great tradition and the second annual event is continuing the legacy in grand style. We will once again provide fans with a world-class, diverse experience in our stadium, and hosting this prestigious rivalry is an excellent opportunity to establish PPL Park as a home for top collegiate events."
The second annual Army-Navy Cup looks to continue the success of the inaugural meeting last year that drew an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 4,000 fans. The battle at PPL Park ended in a 1-1 draw, leaving both schools hungry for victory this year.
"The Army-Navy Cup at PPL Park was a phenomenal soccer experience for our program last season, and we look forward to returning to Philadelphia this November," said Army Head Coach Russell Payne. "We are very excited to once again have the opportunity to showcase the most unique rivalry in college athletics at one of the premier soccer stadiums in Major League Soccer."
"The Navy Men's Soccer team is certainly excited to be playing again this fall at PPL Park" observed Navy Head Coach Dave Brandt. "It's a fantastic venue for soccer and a high quality, professional environment that creates a great atmosphere for collegiate soccer and a one of a kind experience for fans and players alike"
Navy owns a 38-27-14 series advantage against Army. Both Army and Navy compete in the Patriot League and with this being the final game of the league's regular season, there very well could be major post-season implications at stake.
Tickets go on sale August 1 and exclusively online through ComcastTIX.com. Tickets for general admission are $13 which includes parking. Reserved seats, are $28, which includes parking. Tickets can be purchased online at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200, or in person at the PPL park box office.
Keystone Sports and Entertainment LLC and Global Spectrum continue to partner with the Philadelphia Sports Congress and Brandywine Conference & Visitors Bureau to promote this event, in conjunction with the administrations at West Point and Annapolis.
ABOUT KEYSTONE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, is the ownership group of Philadelphia Union led by CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. The group launched the Philadelphia Union's inaugural season on March 25, 2010 and opened PPL Park on June 27, 2010. Since joining the MLS, the Union have faced off against European powers Celtic FC, Manchester United, Everton, Real Madrid, Schalke 04, Aston Villa and Mexican powers Chivas de Guadalajara and Pumas UNAM. PPL Park holds approximately 18,500 seats and has hosted various events such as the 2012 MLS All-Star Game, USWNT vs. China, 2012 Army/Navy Soccer Cup, 2012 Big East Men's Soccer Championship and 2011, 2012 and 2013 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championships. Scheduled events in 2013 at PPL Park include the 2013 NCAA Men's College Cup. For more information
about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com
About Global Spectrum
Global Spectrum, the public assembly facility management of Comcast-Spectacor (comcast-spectacor.com), manages PPL Park for the Philadelphia Union. Comcast-Spectacor is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the home arena for both the Flyers and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, the Wells Fargo Center, and four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 100 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; FanOne, a digital fan marketing company; and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue enablement, ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.
# GO NAVY #