06
Jun
08

6.05 Chat With Nick Sakiewicz

Team owner, Nick Sakiewicz held an open chat with SoBs and other Philadelphia soccer fans tonight.  The faithful continued to pick Nick’s brain on the latest developments.  Here are some highlights from the discussion:

Early Season Ticket Success!
Sakiewicz reports the team has already exceeded the 4,000 mark for season ticket deposits and is fast approaching 5,000.  General Admission seating will likely be available, but details on this will have to wait until the team determines how season ticket sales continue to play out. Sakiewicz noted the possibility of placing a cap on season tix if necessary.  Go to the team’s site to reserve your tickets now.
Stadium Design Update – 
The stadium’s current plans call for 18,500 seats, but the design also includes the possible future expansion of up to 30,000 butt cushions.  The final design for the stadium (including the seating layout) is scheduled to become available to the public prior to groundbreaking, which is planned for this coming Fall.  Nick also confirmed that a roof is still an “important part of the stadium’s design.”  It is also part of the plans to incorporate Philadelphia’s pro soccer history in into the stadium’s design; a la the wall in Ashburn Alley, Citizens Bank Park.
MLS Draft – 
The team will participate in two drafts.  The first will be the expansion draft after the 2009 season, where the team can pick up some unprotected players from other MLS teams.  The second draft, the Super Draft, will be held in January, 2010 right here in Philly.  Get ready for a party!  This is your typical draft in which the squad will fill out with youth and college players, as well as players from other leagues.
Youth Development – 
The new club plans on building a “very complex and developed youth system” similar to what is used at Premier League clubs in England.
Etc’s –
The team will have a game program called Free Kick, and season ticket holders will receive their own “inside newsletter.”
SoB stadium entrance will provide storage space for drums, banners, flags, etc.
Soccer United Marketing (which the Philly team has an investment in) has been asked to bid on bringing the Italian Super Cup to Philadelphia.
The next chat is scheduled to take place in two weeks.
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