Vince Papale in front of the River End after the Philadelphia Union's 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew. (Photo by Scott Kessler)
Year two for the Philadelphia Union has brought along on-the-field success, but also off-the-field success as well. Various celebrities have visited PPL Park so far this season, almost all of whom have stopped by the River End at some point during their trips to watch the Union play.
Earlier in the season saw United States Men's National Team (USMNT) midfielder, Stuart Holden, actually come into the River End and play the drums, plus cheer alongside the Sons of Ben. Hugh Jackman made his second appearance at PPL Park, waving to fans while being serenaded with chants of "Wolverine." Beau Biden, the son of Vice-President Joe Biden, and DC United striker Charlie Davies were at that game as well, making it a celebrity filled day for the Union.
Ruben Amaro, the Phillies General Manager, was interviewed by sideline reporter Bob Rigby in front of the River End last week and James van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers was there as well. JVR's teammate Danny Briere, plus former teammates Mike Richards and Jeff Carter attended a game during the summer.
Another local name came out to watch the Union play. Vince Papale, a former Philadelphia Eagles player made famous nationally by the movie "Invincible," was seen by the Union faithful after the game, when he appeared before the River End. Papale and at least one of his kids was able to enjoy a Union win.