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July 20, 2007 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A group of investors is interested in building a $100 million Major League Soccer stadium along the waterfront in the city of Chester, legislators confirmed yesterday. The group has been working on the project for two years and hopes to have a meeting soon with Gov. Rendell, Major League Soccer commissioner Donald P. Garber, and key legislators to talk about securing some public funding, a source told The Inquirer yesterday. They hope to open the stadium and start an MLS franchise in 2009 or 2010, but one local legislator cautioned that negotiations were in the early stages.
NEWS
October 2, 2008
The site of the new Chester soccer stadium was designated a Brownfield Action Team project by the state yesterday, and the builders were issued a permit to begin preliminary construction. This designation helps streamline the permitting process by making the Department of Environmental Protection the single point of contact. Plans by the Buccini/Pollin Group of Wilmington include retail and residential development as well as a $115 million, 18,600-seat soccer stadium. In February, Major League Soccer awarded a franchise to the Philadelphia area.
NEWS
February 10, 2008
State officials have decided to help subsidize the effort to build a soccer stadium in the city of Chester with about $47 million in grants and loans, which Gov. Rendell has billed as part of a much bigger waterfront redevelopment project in that depressed Delaware County town. It's not clear what would happen with this money if Chester doesn't win the soccer franchise it's pursuing, but do you think government should spend tax money to in any way subsidize a sports team? Or does the fact that the soccer stadium is just a piece of a larger economic development project justify the use of public money, some of which is supposed to be repaid?
NEWS
June 22, 2010 | By Joelle Farrell, Mari A. Schaefer, and Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writers
Just as Chester prepares to bask in the national spotlight, the city finds itself fighting the imposing shadow of a stubborn image further intensified by a recent rash of violence. On the weekend before the Philadelphia Union is to play its first game at its brand-new soccer stadium in the city's West End - the centerpiece of a hoped-for $500 million riverfront revival - Mayor Wendell N. Butler Jr. on Saturday declared a state of emergency after four shooting deaths in an eight-day period.
SPORTS
December 18, 2007
NICK SAKIEWICZ understands the perception, and as the point man for the ownership group hoping to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to the Philadelphia region, he won't deny that he needs assistance from the Pennsylvania Legislature to build the 20,000-seat, world-class soccer stadium that will make it happen. But for anyone who wonders why the state should contribute $45 million to subsidize another professional sports-team owner, much less a potential professional soccer-team owner, Sakiewicz points out that the proposed stadium that would sit at the foot of the Commodore Barry Bridge is about so much more than soccer.
NEWS
March 8, 2008 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Corzine will not use his veto power to block a $10 million grant by the Delaware River Port Authority for a soccer stadium complex in Chester, his spokeswoman said yesterday. A day earlier, Corzine said the use of bridge tolls to help pay for construction of the $500 million stadium-business-residential complex was "not my first choice on where to put money. " He said at the time that he would review the minutes of the DRPA meeting to determine if a veto was warranted. Yesterday, spokeswoman Lilo Stainton said, "He is not going to veto the minutes.
NEWS
July 21, 2007 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
For at least three years, Major League Soccer has wanted to get a franchise into the Philadelphia region. But the New York-based league and local partners have so far fallen short of landing public subsidies - which reached nearly $100 million for an Illinois facility for the Chicago Fire - needed to build a stadium dedicated to soccer here. And it's not even clear that the latest group of investors, led by Philadelphia School Reform Commission chairman James Nevels, will be able to raise the estimated $50 million to $70 million in private money it would take to launch a franchise.
NEWS
February 1, 2008 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
Derrick Davis couldn't tell you the first thing about Major League Soccer, or soccer in general, for that matter. "Me, I ain't no soccer fan," said the 26-year-old firefighter and lifelong Chester resident. But Davis doesn't have to know the sport to appreciate the economic benefit of building an 18,500-seat soccer stadium down the street. "It would be cool, and bring some more revenue to the city," he said. "Chester would stop looking so negative if you bring something like that around.
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NEWS
June 13, 2014
DEAR CAMDEN, It's not that we don't feel miffed that the 76ers are moving their practice facilities and office operations across the river to your town - last we checked, they called themselves the Philadelphia 76ers - but we know that you're not in the habit of getting much good news, so we wish you well. As part of an interconnected urban ecosystem, we really want your city to do well. We suffer when you suffer. Now, could you step aside and let us speak to New Jersey? New Jersey: Hasn't Camden suffered enough?
SPORTS
May 27, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
PRINCETON - Carli Lloyd has enjoyed her recent New Jersey homecoming, and the soccer star is looking forward to the conclusion of her return to the area when the U.S. women's national team meets China in Sunday's 7 p.m. international friendly at PPL Park in Chester. This will be the national team's second-to-last match in the States before beginning play in the Olympics with a July 25 opener against France in Glasgow, Scotland. The final domestic game will be June 30 against Canada in Sandy, Utah.
SPORTS
October 30, 2011 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's a new love in town, sports fans. Michelle Stella grew up with season tickets to the Eagles, and hasn't missed a home game in 10 years. But the Union, a soccer team in only its second season, have their first-ever MLS Cup playoff game, against the Houston Dynamo, on Sunday. Turns out, the Union play in the afternoon, and the Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys at night, so Stella's boyfriend will rush her from one game to the next. But when she thought she had to choose - there was no choice.
NEWS
July 23, 2010 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
When Delaware County Council borrowed nearly $30 million last year to put toward a Major League Soccer stadium in Chester, the plan was to pay off the debt using slots revenue designated for economic-development projects in the city. "I want to stress that the debt will be entirely covered by restricted gaming funds from Harrah's," then-Vice Chairman Jack Whelan said in a statement issued at the January 2009 meeting, when council voted to float the bonds. Yet, starting Oct. 1, anyone paying to stay in a county hotel or bed and breakfast will also be chipping away at that 30-year debt - whether or not they've ever been to PPL Park to see the Philadelphia Union.
NEWS
June 28, 2010 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Plenty of Philadelphia Union soccer fans went to the game worried. Not about the Seattle Sounders, who were whipped by the home team, 3-1. But about traffic. And parking. About all that could go wrong when 18,500 people pour into a tight space, with a major parking lot that's still rock and dirt, and highway exits that remain under construction. But at the first game at PPL Park - so new that even the employees were trying to figure out exactly what was where - things went mostly right Sunday evening.
NEWS
June 25, 2010 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
IT'S LUNCH HOUR in Chester, and Obert Burchell is sitting in the back of his Jamaican restaurant on Route 291, playing cards with his cook. They're the only two people in the building. Oxtail is on the stove, but the lights are off. "Very good, mon," Burchell, a Montego Bay native, said of his traditional Jamaican dish. Just one problem: He has no customers. Last year, Burchell, 62, opened OB's Jamaican & American Restaurant, at 2nd and Lloyd streets. He's usually closed Sundays, but not this week.
NEWS
June 24, 2010 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Summer nights in Chester often come with the pop of gunfire and the flash of blue police lights. But since Saturday, when the mayor declared a state of emergency in the city, residents have heard something different. "Right now, I can rest in peace on my street," Alyce Johnson said. "I don't see the crowds, I don't hear cars zooming up and down the street at 1 in the morning, I don't hear loud music outside my window - because they're afraid you're going to lock them up. " Mayor Wendell Butler and the four other members of the city council agreed.
NEWS
June 22, 2010 | By Joelle Farrell, Mari A. Schaefer, and Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writers
Just as Chester prepares to bask in the national spotlight, the city finds itself fighting the imposing shadow of a stubborn image further intensified by a recent rash of violence. On the weekend before the Philadelphia Union is to play its first game at its brand-new soccer stadium in the city's West End - the centerpiece of a hoped-for $500 million riverfront revival - Mayor Wendell N. Butler Jr. on Saturday declared a state of emergency after four shooting deaths in an eight-day period.
NEWS
June 21, 2010 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
A MASSIVE PILE of stuffed animals filled the doorway of Terrence Webster's Chester home. "Rest in peace" was scribbled all over the door, along with well wishes for loved ones of the slain toddler. A picture of the bright-eyed 2-year old was posted to the door. In the middle of the makeshift memorial was a box of strawberry Pop-Tarts, his favorite. Webster was shot in the head June 13 through the closed door of his public-housing home after he and his family were ambushed by a gunman.
NEWS
February 25, 2010 | By Jeff Gammage INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Union and PPL EnergyPlus made their marriage official yesterday, announcing a 10-year agreement to call the soccer team's new stadium PPL Park. "We have found the perfect partner," Nick Sakiewicz, the Union's chief executive officer, said in a statement. "We are so energized over this partnership and can't wait to start working together to make our mark in the community. " PPL EnergyPlus will be the Union's exclusive energy provider. It is paying nearly $20 million to emblazon the PPL name on and around the 18,500-seat stadium, now being built on the Chester waterfront.
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