VUhoops: 'Nova Will Not Play At PPL Park In Fall 2012

CHESTER, PA - JUNE 27: A general view of the PPL Park before the Philadelphia Union face the Seattle Sounders FC at the PPL Park stadium opener on June 27, 2010 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

From the confines of SB Nation new addition VU Hoops, PPL Park will not play host to the Villanova Wildcats' football at all in the fall of 2012.

According to VU Hoops, who talked to football coach Andy Talley for their report, the fall game at PPL Park will not happen this year due to scheduling conflicts.

"Unfortunately we could not get it done there this year because of our schedule," he told VUhoops. "We just couldn't work it out. I pushed for it and wanted it to happen."

The problem, Talley said, was Villanova's schedule. There wasn't a game on the home slate that Nova officials could identify as one that would draw enough fans to make the stadium-switch feasible.

"One of the problems you have too is, if you are going to play that game with anyone on our schedule other than Delaware, you've probably got some attendance problems there because nobody in our league really brings a crowd except Delaware.

"We didn't have a lot of options with playing that game there."

This news may have produced cries of joy from a segment of Union supporters who felt that the partnership could have potentially harmed PPL Park's playing field conditions at the end of the MLS season and into the following one.

Despite the officials at the school choosing to end, for now, the relationship between Villanova football and the Union, Talley had nothing but positives to say about PPL Park.

"The tailgate out front was super, the skyboxes were packed and the people who were in the skyboxes thought the venue was great, the food was great, the outdoors approach to being able to walk out of your box area," Talley noted. "Nothing but kudos."

"I loved the game down there, I loved everything about it. It was a neat venue to play in. Our kids played very well, we actually could've won that game there."

"I think the people who did show up there had a fabulous time."

Nick Sakiewicz, Union CEO and Managing Partner, wanted the initial 'Nova game to spark a business bond between the two sides, so this most likely won't be the last time that the two sides discuss anything relevant to football and PPL Park.

In the comments section of the VU Hoops story, people have speculated that the best course of action for Villanova in the future, if it intends to eventually move to the highest level of collegiate football, would involve playing all of the team's games at PPL Park, not just picking and choosing every season.

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