City Guides

So you're thinking of visiting Philly for a Sounders match? Here’s what you’ll need to know.



Most major U.S. airlines offer service to and from Philadelphia (PHL), which is a hub for American Airlines.


If you have the motivation to drive from Seattle to Philadelphia just make sure to allot yourself at least 3 days to make the trip a comfortable one. For those of you on the east coast, you will want to use I-76 or I-95 to reach the city.



To get to Talen Energy Stadium, head to station at Temple U, Jefferson Suburban or 30th St. and take the SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail line to the Chester Transportation Center (6th & Welsh Street). There will be a free shuttle service to Talen Energy Stadium and back, with service beginning four hours prior to game time.


This is probably the best option for getting around the non-walkable parts of the city. Don’t worry, the ban here only lasted 2 days and has been lifted.


Philadelphia has a large variety of tourist traps and entertainment spots, you’re sure to find something to get into while you’re here. Below are some of the recommended areas:

Center City East
Philadelphia's beautiful City Hall, the Convention Center, Chinatown, Washington Square West, the gay-friendly Gayborhood, and the Broad Street Arts Corridor.

Center City West
West of Broad Street and City Hall, includes the art museum district, Rittenhouse Square, shopping resembling an outdoor mall with dining on Chestnut and Walnut Streets, and a good portion of the central business district with Philadelphia's tallest skyscrapers.

Old City
Philadelphia's oldest historic quarter, where the roots of the American Independence began. Located between 6th Street and the Delaware River, it features Independence Mall and historical landmarks like the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, and Independence Hall. Also of significance are the art, design and fashion businesses and galleries, making Old City a vibrant and culturally diverse neighborhood with an 'old world' European aesthetic. Evening hours bring added excitement with great restaurants, bars and clubs.

South Philly
South Street, the Italian Market, the Sports Complex, endless cheap dive bars, and Philly cheesesteaks (Jim’s, Pat’s) 

North Philly
Working class neighborhoods, some of which are struggling with crime problems, but also the home of Temple University and Northern Liberties. 2nd street in Northern Liberties is lined with bars pubs and storefronts with a bohemian hipster feel. The Piazza at Schmidts located at 2nd & Germantown Ave is a mixed use development with a large European style plaza surrounded by and old brewery turned apartments with bars and shops at ground level. The stretch of Frankford Avenue running through the Fishtown neighborhood from Delaware Avenue to E. Norris Street is home to many galleries, renown restaurants, the Sugarhouse Casino and a plethora of nightlife options, including The Barbary, Barcade, Johnny Brendas and Frankford Hall.
The off-the-beaten-path northwestern reaches of the city, most notable for historic Germantown; the scene of a key Revolutionary War battle at Cliveden, and the home to historic colonial and victorian era homes such as Ebenezer Maxwell mansion as well as middle-to-upper class residential neighborhoods of Manayunk, Chestnut Hill, East Falls and Mt. Airy.



Yards Brewing Company is open noon to 7pm daily and offers tours and pub food as well as pool tables and shuffleboard. Philadelphia Brewing Company is located in one of the oldest buildings in the city and also offers tours and tastings, however they are closed Sunday and Monday so make sure to hit them before the match if you’re planning to.

Reading Terminal Market

Open daily and offering a wide array of foods and other wares from the local area. This place is known to be VERY crowded so plan on spending a few hours if you plan on hitting everything, especially on Friday/Saturday.


Talen Energy Stadium is technically located in Chester, which means most you will most likely need a ride to the stadium regardless of where you stay. The airport is only a few miles north of the stadium, so you will be able to find plenty of hotels near there if you prefer to not stay in the city or use Airbnb. 


For the last match in Philadelphia we held a no-host tailgate party, but check the travel page and matchday thread for specific plans. We will most likely be given access to our own part of the lot for this, but please stay tuned for more information.


With 3 points.