Philly’s hometown team keeps it exciting season after season
Be there for all the action as one of the most exciting teams in baseball thrills their fans night-in and night-out in their fantastic South Philadelphia ballpark.
Catch all the home runs, all the diving catches and all the fan giveaways — not to mention the always spirited Philly Phanatic — when you head to Citizens Bank Park!
The Game Experience at Citizens Bank Park
Opened in 2004, Citizens Bank Park is one of the best in baseball. Awesome sight lines mean there’s not a bad seat in the house.
Ashburn Alley, the in-stadium entertainment complex beyond the outfield features a Memory Lane of Phillies lore, batting and throwing games, and tons of great food.
Meanwhile, Citizens Bank Park is one of the most kid-friendly ball parks in the country. At the Phanatic Fun Zone, youngsters can enjoy the largest play area for kids in the Major Leagues. Here, kids can build their own Phanatic, rock climb and enjoy dollar dogs and soft drinks all game long.
But where the ballpark really excels is when it comes to food. Recently voted Best Ballpark Eats by the first ever Food Network Awards, Citizens Bank Park is a veritable gustatory adventure.
Look out for the long lines waiting for an order of delicious crab fries at Chickie’s and Pete’s, the famous cheesesteaks at Campo’s, sinfully amazing roast pork sandwiches at Tony Luke’s, authentic Philadelphia hoagies at Planet Hoagies, and the creative cheesesteak variation from Chestnut Hill’s McNally’s that is the Schmitter.
The stadium also boasts a restaurant that operates even when there is no game in McFadden’s.
Vegetarians will be happy too — Citizens Bank Park was also recently named the Most Vegetarian-Friendly Ballpark in North America by PETA.
The Philadelphia Phillies — the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional sports — were founded in 1883 and have played in several parks including Baker Bowl. When the Phillies went in search of a new home in the late 1960s, the City of Philadelphia stepped up to the plate.
In 1971 the team moved to Veterans’ Stadium in South Philadelphia. After 30 years the Phillies said goodbye to the Vet at the end of the 2003 season. The team now plays in their new ballpark, Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004.
When the team finished its 2003 season, they left the Vet with very fond memories. Veterans’ Stadium is where the Phillies hosted two All-Star games and three World Series. It’s also where the team captured the crown in 1980. In 1993 the team — led by Len Dykstra, John Kruk and Curt Schilling — upset the mighty Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship series before falling to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games.
It may have taken 28 years, but the Phillies once again reclaimed the World Series crown against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008. But alas, a repeat trip to the World Series in 2009 was halted by the New York Yankees.
In 2011, the Phillies clinched their fifth National League East Championship in a row, pushing them once again into October baseball.
The Phillies Go Green!
The Phillies are leading the charge in supporting our environment by becoming the first Major League team to join the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Green Power Partnership” program.
As part of the Phillies’ green initiative, Citizens Bank Park now sells locally grown produce and organic foods and utilizes LED lighting and recycled products whenever possible. To top it all off, the Phillies have purchased 20 million kilowatt-hours of Green-e Energy, the equivalent to planting 100,000 trees.
So help the Phillies go green with a trip to Citizens Bank Park! To learn more, visit Red Goes Green.
Award-winning Local Beers
Did we mention the beer? Citizens Bank Park is home to one of the best craft beer selections of any stadium in Major League Baseball.
And what can we say? Beer and baseball go together like, well, beer and baseball. Philadelphian’s take their beer as serious as they take their baseball, so be sure to try one of the city’s esteemed local beers like a Yards, Sly Fox, Troegs, Victory or Flying Fish.
There is plenty of parking available, although SEPTA’s Broad Street Line is still the best way to get to the game.
So check out the Phillies schedule and make plans to see the team in action.
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