The PPL name may be coming off the Chester soccer stadium that is home to the Philadelphia Union, but the stadium is keeping its Allentown corporate connection.
The stadium, previously known as PPL Park, now is Talen Energy Stadium.
George Lewis, spokesman for Talen, said – technically – the naming rights to the stadium changed on June 1 of this year. That’s when Talen, formerly PPL EnergyPlus, was spun off from Allentown-based PPL Corp.
“The original plan was that this was part of PPL EnergyPlus, and that the name on the stadium came over to Talen with the spinoff,” Lewis said.
He said the name change was delayed to accommodate the soccer season, which ended for the Union in November.
“It would have been inconvenient for the team to switch the name in the middle of the season; we agreed with that,” Lewis said.
The Philadelphia Union will open Talen Energy Stadium for its seventh season in Major League Soccer in 2016.
Lewis explained that Talen is simply picking up the original $20 million, 11-year deal for the 18,500-seat stadium naming rights – a deal made in 2010 between Keystone Sports and Entertainment LLC and PPL EnergyPlus. The venue opened June 27, 2010.