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Public transportation info for the Real Madrid game.

Septa released the following information on Friday:

“Saturday, July 23 @ 9:00 p.m.
Real Madrid vs. Philadelphia Union
| Seven Express trains
Leaving Fern Rock at 7:28, 7:38, 7:48, 7:58, 8:08, 8:18 and 8:28 p.m.
Six additional MFL trains:
Three leaving 69th Street Transportation Center at 7:05 and 7:15 and 7:25 p.m.
Three leaving Fern Rock Transportation Center at 7:10 and 7:20 and 7:30 p.m.

About Sports Express Service
The Broad Street Line is the absolute best route to all the events at the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia. Offering quick service and unbeatable convenience without parking hassles or lengthy traffic jams.

SEPTA operates Sports Express service on the Broad Street Line to a number of events at the Sports Complex, making limited stops at these stations:
Fern Rock Transportation Center
Olney Transportation Center
Spring Garden
City Hall
Riders can also travel from City Hall to AT&T Station in about 11 minutes on the frequent local service. The average trip time from Temple University/Cecil B. Moore is 19 minutes on local trains.

Immediately following the conclusion of events, customers will find northbound trains waiting to provide local and express service back towards Center City and Fern Rock Transportation Center.

All Regional Rail Lines, the Market-Frankford Line and many trolley and bus routes provide convenient connections with the Broad Street Line. Free weekend parking is available at most Regional Rail lots.”

For those who prefer to drive or are looking to tailgate, here again is the info we posted yesterday from the Linc.

Headhouse Plaza open at 7 PM
Club & Suites open at  7 PM
Inner Gates open at 7:30 PM
Match begins at 9 PM

Lincoln Financial Field stadium management reserves the right to prohibit banners due to space availability, banner size, interference with other fans or message content. Flags on poles are prohibited.

K Lot will open at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 23 and the cost will be $15/car. There is no reserved parking for this event. All parking will be sold cash only on a first come, first served basis.

VIP parking lots J & L will open at 6:15 PM.

Tailgating is not permitted in parking lots north of Pattison Avenue and west of Darien Street (Lots Q through W and the lot near the NovaCare Complex).

Philadelphia Union supporters Sons of Ben will be sitting in Sections 130-132.”

A reader got in touch with us yesterday to say he had called the Wells Fargo Center and was told their lots “will ‘definitely’ be open by noon.


Tonight’s game is only available on TV on ESPN Deportes. To see this channel on Comcast, you must subscribe to the Spanish-language package. You can watch the game for free on ESPN3.com. Would have been nice for Philly-based Comcast to make ESPN Deportes available to all customers for the day, what with that channel also showing the Chicago v Manchester United game at 5pm, the Juventus v Sporting game at 7pm and the Union v Real Madrid game at 9pm, don’t you think?

Chris Vito reports on what to expect for tonight’s Union lineup, “The clubs agreed they’d use a majority of their first-team players, yes, but don’t be surprised if manager Peter Nowak goes to his younger subs for plenty of minutes in this one.”

Sadly, Christian Hernandez, who scored the game winner against Everton on Wednesday, will not play against Real Madrid, ASN Philly reports. “Hernandez and any players not under contract with the Union will have to sit this one out.”

For what to expect from the Real Madrid lineup, there’s this from the club’s website: “Sahin will miss the match due to a sprain on his left knee, and it hasn’t yet been determined if Xabi Alonso, Khedira and Ramos will be able play. Coentrao will rest and therefore won’t step on the pitch, just as Mourinho anticipated in his press conference at Qualcomm Stadium.”

More from the Real Madrid website here.

Great quotes deserve to be repeated, so here’s one from Danny Califf about Cristiano Ronaldo: “He’s a world-class player, so for me, it’s going to be fun to kick it around with him. Kick him around maybe a little bit — if I can catch him.”

The Union, aren’t dumb, they know what they are up against tonight. But that doesn’t mean they’re not looking forward to the game.

On the Union website, this preview on tonight’s game from Dave Zeitlin.

Kevin Kinkead aims his formidable scouting report skills at Real Madrid.

The Brotherly Game previews tonight’s match against Real Madrid. Fellow SBN affiliate Managing Madrid has the visitor’s perspective.

The Union Dues preview breaks this distressing news about the Union: “Unfortunately, I think we’re going to see them give up a goal at some point.” Noooooooooooooo!

Carlos Ruiz’ goal against New England was voted Goal of the Week with a whopping 44 percent of the vote.

The Brotherly Game recaps the Philadelphia Union academy squad’s 2–0 loss to the Everton U–18s.

The Goalkeeper has a Q & A with Union U-18 coach Jim Curtin.


Now back from the Women’s World Cup, is Amy Rodriguez’ starting spot on the Independence against Sky Blue FC tonight a sure thing? Not necessarily.


Reading United drew 2–2 with the New York Cosmos U-23 team on Friday night.


Mohamed bin Hammam, the head of the Asian Football Confederation, FIFA executive committee member and one-time FIFA presidency rival to Sepp Blatter who was suspended after allegations of corruption, has been handed a lifetime ban from football by the FIFA ethics committee. Bin Hammam is the most senior FIFA official to be given such a ban. After loudly proclaiming his innocence in the lead-up to Friday’s ethics committee hearing, Bin Hammam chose not to testify and stayed in his hotel in Zurich. Bill Archer takes it to ’em.


  1. Thanks for the timely info… As much as we Philadelphians love to sh*t on Septa, I have to say its service to the sports stadiums is critically important.

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