PSP photographer Earl Gardner spent opening day with the Sons of Ben as they prepared for Saturday’s game, presented another successful Stache Bash, marched into PPL Park, and cheered the Union on to their first win of the season. Here’s a look at what he saw.
Volunteer Jon Foden helps get the grills set up
The flags are flying
The River End set-up begins early
Tifo is dusted off for the new season
Volunteers check-in Stache Bash attendees
These are the hard working folks that took care of feeding hundreds of SoBs
Everyone’s spirits were high
Stache’s were not the only theme of the day as fans were also celebrating St. Patrick’s Day
From the ginger Chop Stache…
…to the Mario Stache…
…to the Mega Stache…
…to the modified ginger Chop Stache, everyone showed up looking for fun
Union VP Dave Rowan stopped by to check out the scene
Vilebred entertained the crowd
Chris Johnson prepares for some Bearfights
Bill Gusler calls out numbers for the raffle that helped raise a ton of money for charity
The SoB’s have brought the march into PPL Park back
John Langan leads the march into the stadium
The Union take the field as the River End cheers on
It was a beautiful day for a soccer match
Creepin’ on the Corner Creeps
Capo Andy Pace leads the chants
Scarves up for Four Leaf Clover
Fans were pumped for the match
Oh, Le Toux, Le Toux!!!
This kid loves the Doop song
Arms and voices up!
Friends drink, sing, and cheer the Union on
The Horseman has returned to the River End
Tension builds as the clock runs down
“Don’t end like Portland, don’t end like Portland, don’t end like Portland…”
Joy has come back to River End…
.…As Seba’s lone goal led the Union to a 1-0 win over the Revolution.
The two-week wait to get back to PPL Park will be a long one.
For additional photos please check out Earl Gardner’s Flickr page.