In an article featured in today's edition of the Delco Times, Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz was tight lipped about Villanova and PPL Park. He seemed decidedly neutral as to the uses of the Chester stadium by Villanova and other organizations.
Here's what Sakiewicz said (after the jump):
For now, according to Sakiewicz, PPL Park is only for football. That’s, um, futbol — not the one with quarterbacks.
Asked for an update on talks between the Union and Villanova University, which had expressed an interest in using the Chester stadium as a home for its football team, Sakiewicz said Wednesday there was no progress to report.
“We have had conversations with them, but I’m not prepared to give a progress update. No decision has been made,” Sakiewicz said. “We’ve said it from the very beginning — this building is, first and foremost, a Philadelphia Union building. The seats in this building won’t change color. But in the modern day of running stadiums, you have to look to do other events.”
PPL Park will host the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby championship in June and the NCAA men’s lacrosse quarterfinals in 2012.
Sakiewicz said deals to host other college events as well as musical acts could be forthcoming.
And as for Villanova, well, it’s not so simple.
The Wildcats’ season coincides with the conclusion of the Union’s. So maintaining the turf’s quality and affixing the schedules accordingly remain the biggest obstacles.
“American football is something we can play in this building and, if the right opportunity comes along to do that, we will,” Sakiewicz said.
A few thoughts of my own:
- I hate snobby douchebags from America who refer to soccer as "football".
- Rugby is probably just as damaging, if not more damaging to grass as Football is.
- Lincoln Financial Field doesn't seem to have too much of a problem with its "pitch" despite the fact that it hosts two football teams with concurrent seasons as well as the Army-Navy game every other year or so.
- Sakiewicz is an unfortunate last name.. Although I'm sure that Nick is happy that his parents didn't name him Harry Sakiewicz.
- The MLS still doesn't seem like real soccer to me.. I don't know why.