Phoenix Ultimate Team shines at home opener in Philadelphia Philadelphia

The professional AUDL team is now playing across from the sports complex.

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The Philadelphia Phoenix has arrived. In their home opener on Friday night, Philly’s pro Ultimate Frisbee team trampled the Tampa Bay Cannons and won 21-16.

It was a suitably big gig for the 2021 season, when the Phoenix plays for the first time in their eponymous city. The home field is now the South Philly Super Site, directly across from the sports complex.

Founded in 2013, Phoenix is ​​one of 22 teams in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL), which runs from June to August and culminates in a championship weekend.

After some violent thunderstorms in the afternoon, the sky opened to a fine spring evening, paving the way for hundreds of spectators to grab the stadium. Fans of all ages sat on classic grandstands, framed by the backdrop of Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field.

Phoenix Scott Heyman takes a giant leap to catch a catch despite the best efforts of a Tampa Bay defender Emily Cohen for Billy Penn

The Phoenix showed up in front of their home crowd and played hard.

On the field, team general manager and starting player Mike Arcata was the front runner with three points. New player Nate Little, a Philadelphian, scored the last point of the game along with several other memorable games.

The South Philadelphia SuperSite is directly across from major sports stadiums Emily Cohen for Billy Penn

Quick 101 on AUDL Ultimate, which is like a mix of soccer, basketball and American football:

The game is played on a field that is 80 yards long and bordered by 20 yard end zones. There are 14 people per team and the goal is to get a catch in the opposing team’s end zone.

You can’t walk with the disc in hand – once you stop you’ll have to make a pivot foot – so the frisbee has to be passed from player to player. You also cannot hold the disc for more than 7 seconds.

Quarters are 12 minutes long, with a 15-minute half.

Phoenix Scott Heyman takes a giant leap to catch a catch despite the best efforts of a Tampa Bay defender Emily Cohen for Billy Penn

In South Philly there was a mini-ultimate game between the Masterman School and the Science Leadership Academy at halftime on June 4th. The high school teams were pretty even, ending in a 1-1 draw.

The Masterman School and Science Leadership Academy played a quick 5-minute game at halftime Emily Cohen for Billy Penn

For other children in the stands, the Phoenix set up an activity area called “The Nest”. It was filled with puzzles, games, and painting stations, and was overseen by Kelly Fleury, a local preschool teacher.

CJ Coltman, 6, paints home in The Nest during the Phoenix Home Opener Emily Cohen for Billy Penn

Adults with a penchant for beer could grab cans from nearby Second District Brewing, and sandwiches were also available.

Second District Brewing offered locally made beer to fans at the game Emily Cohen for Billy Penn

Those with a sweet tooth of all ages were allowed to eat pudding from the startup Poppa’s Custard – think of the cream in your favorite donut – which has been handing out samples and selling glasses all night.

Josh and Christen Johnson of Chestnut Hill own Poppa's Custard Company Emily Cohen for Billy Penn

After the game, fans were invited to enjoy specialty drinks and meals with the players in the Black Cat Tavern.

Johnny Goodtimes (center) is the new co-owner of the Phoenix Emily Cohen for Billy Penn

The Phoenix will host the New York Empire on June 11th. Tickets ($ 12) are available online.

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