Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA (7 Upcoming Events)

During the 2008 postseason, Citizens Bank Park hosted its first World Series game. The MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies stood 1:1 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Country star Tim McGraw began the game by spreading the ashes of his father, former Phillies closer Tug McGraw, over the pitching mound. The Phillies went on to win the game, and four days later, took down the Rays in a suspended game 5 to win the series in front of record crowds.

Besides serving as the home of the Phillies, the open-air ballpark has hosted events like the 2012 NHL Winter Classic game played between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers, as well as concerts by Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen.

Be sure to visit Ashburn Alley—named after the Phillies center fielder and commentator Richie Ashburn—which is located behind center field. The alley holds plaques and statues commemorating notable figures in Phillies history. The ballpark also features rooftop bleachers, a nod to the similar seating in now-demolished Shibe Park during the 1920s and ’30s. Home games on Thursdays traditionally see specials and events in this bleacher area.

The park has distinguished itself in the concessions department: PETA voted it the most vegetarian-friendly stadium, and stands offer classic Philadelphia street food like cheesesteaks and hoagies. It’s located in South Philadelphia, a diverse borough where Italian, Irish and African-American communities have flourished over the years. The neighborhood today is made up mostly of Italian-Americans and hosts several Catholic saint festivals and other cultural events throughout the year. For those driving from downtown Philadelphia, the stadium is near the junction of Interstates 76 and 95. Parking is available onsite and throughout the complex.
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1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA
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Date/Year Built/Opened:
April 3, 2004
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