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Citizens Bank Park
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Location One Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148
Coordinates 39°54′21″N 75°9′59″W / 39.90583°N 75.16639°W / 39.90583; -75.16639Coordinates: 39°54′21″N 75°9′59″W / 39.90583°N 75.16639°W / 39.90583; -75.16639
Broke ground June 28, 2002
Opened April 3, 2004
Owner The City Of Philadelphia
Operator Philadelphia Phillies
Comcast-Spectacor Global Spectrum Division
Surface Kentucky Blue Grass
Scoreboard Left Field HD display Video Board, 76 feet 0 inches (23.16 m) × 97 feet 0 inches (29.57 m), 7,372 square feet (680 m2)
Daktronics left field scoreboard message board, baseline message boards, HD displays and out-of-town scoreboards
Construction cost $458 million
Architect EwingCole (formerly Ewing Cole Cherry Brott) (Philadelphia)
Populous (formerly HOK Sport Kansas City)
Project Manager John Stranix
Main contractors L. F. Driscoll Co
Hunt Construction
Synterra, Ltd.
Don Todd Associates, Inc.
Capacity 43,647 with standing room at least
46,528 (2007–present)
43,308 (2006)
43,500 (2004–05)
Field dimensions Left field foul pole
329 feet (100 m)
Left field power alley
374 feet (114 m)
The "Angle" (left of CF to LCF)
409 feet (125 m) - 381 feet (116 m) - 387 feet (118 m)
Center field, straightaway
401 feet (122 m)
Right field power alley
369 feet (112 m)
Right field foul pole
330 feet (101 m)
Tenants
Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) (2004–present)

Citizens Bank Park is a Major League Baseball sporting venue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is the home of the Major League Baseball team called the Philadelphia Phillies. It opened on May 3rd, 2004 and the first game played there was on April 12th, when the Phillies lost to the Cincinnati Reds. It seats 43,647 people and replaced the now demolished Veterans Stadium. It is part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.

The ballpark was built to replace the now-demolished Veterans Stadium (a football/baseball multipurpose facility), and features a natural grass and dirt playing field as well as a number of Philadelphia-style food stands, including several which serve cheesesteaks, hoagies, and other regional specialties.

"Full House at Citizens Bank Park" (Photo)
The Phillies taking on the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park

The Phillies originally wanted a downtown ballpark and Various locations were proposed. The City and team eventually settled on building at the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, on the site of an old food warehouse. In the years that followed, residents, fans and owner Bill Giles expressed regret that the new ball park was not located in Center City. Regardless of location, the team set records in 2010 for attendance (3,647,249 fans, averaging 45,028) and sellouts (81).

In its first years, Citizens Bank Park allowed 218 home runs in 2004 and 201 in 2005. More than half of those home runs were to left-field. Following the 2005 season, the left-field wall was moved back 5 feet (1.5 m).

Even with these modifications, the park has a reputation as one of the most hitter-friendly parks in baseball. In 2009, it gave up 149 home runs, the most in the National League.

Features

Ashburn Alley

Behind center field is Ashburn Alley, named after Phillies Hall of Fame center fielder Richie Ashburn, who played for the team from 1948 to 1959 and was a Phillies broadcaster from 1963 until his death in 1997. It is seen by Phillies fans as a compromise between the Phillies and their fans, many of whom wanted Citizens Bank Park named in honor of Ashburn.

Ashburn Alley is named for the slightly-overgrown grass which bordered the third base line at Shibe Park where Ashburn was famous for laying down bunts that stayed fair. The new Ashburn Alley, located near Ashburn's defensive position, is a walkway featuring restaurants, games and memorabilia from Phillies history. Ashburn Alley also features a memorabilia shop and a large bronze statue of Ashburn directly behind center field.

Features of the Alley are:

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Bull's BBQ in Ashburn Alley
Schmitter
The Schmitter
  • All-Star Walk — Granite markers pay tribute to Phillies players that have played in the MLB All-Star Game since its inception in 1933 and runs the length of Ashburn Alley.
  • Bull's BBQ — Located at the eastern end of the Alley, it is named in honor of and owned in part by former Phillies outfielder Greg "The Bull" Luzinski. This southern-style barbecue features ribs, turkey legs along with pork, beef and chicken sandwiches and "Bulldogs" (kielbasa).
  • Seasons Pizza – A new pizza franchise in CBP that took over for Peace A Pizza starting in the 2008 season.
  • Planet Hoagie – Local franchise that makes hoagies, including one named after a Phillies player each series.
  • Campo's — Philadelphia cheesesteaks, replaced Rick's Steaks in 2009. The original Campo's opened in 1947.
  • Tony Luke's — Tony Luke's famous cheesesteaks and roast pork.
  • Games of Baseball — Sponsored by Citizens Bank, this interactive area features a video trivia game, where players compete for prizes, a run-the-bases game with the Phillie Phanatic, and a "Ring 'Em Up" game (formerly a "Pitch 'Em and Tip 'Em" game) where you can throw at targets of a catcher. Prior to 2010, a huge 22 feet (6.7 m) high baseball themed pinball game was in this area. Players earn coupons and exchange them for prizes at a kiosk such as hats, shirts and other ballpark-imprinted memorabilia.
  • Harry The K's Bar and Grille — Named for late Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, the bi-level bar and grill is built into the base of the scoreboard, and serves finger foods and sandwiches, including "The Schmitter".
Harry the K's Restaurant Menu Board, Citizens Bank Park
The menu board at Harry the K's Restaurant at Citizens Bank Park

Other attractions

  • Diamond and Hall of Fame Clubs — Two premium seating areas in the park. The Diamond Club, located behind home plate, includes an air-conditioned indoor club area with exclusive food and souvenir shops where ticket holders can watch batting practice on either side of the club (especially on rainy days). There are a total of 1,164 seats in the Diamond Club. A second level, called the Hall of Fame Club, is located between Sections 212 through 232. This air-conditioned area features exclusive food and souvenir stands akin to The Diamond Club, and also houses memorabilia from the teams' past going back to the 1880s, along with memorabilia from the Philadelphia Athletics. The Hall of Fame Club contains 6,600 seats. In addition to being an attraction to fans, the Hall of Fame level also houses the A/V crew on the first-base side of that level that controls the scoreboard and all other monitors throughout the park and is where Dan Baker announces the game, as well as the press box, television, and radio booths.
  • High and Inside Pub — Located on the Terrace Level behind home plate, the area is open to groups before the ballgame, and the public once the games start.
  • Liberty Bell Home Run Celebration — Standing 102 feet (31 m) above street level, this 52-foot-tall (16 m) by 35-foot-wide (11 m) mechanical, lighted replica of the Liberty Bell "rings" and lights up after every Phillies home run and victory.
  • Majestic Clubhouse Store and Mitchell & Ness Alley Store — The clubhouse store is open year-round, and serves as the starting point for tours of the ballpark. The bi-level store features regular merchandise on the first level and Phanatic-themed items on the second level, while the Alley Store is open during all home games and features authentic replicas of older Phillies jerseys made by the famous Philadelphia retailer of vintage uniform shirts and caps as well as other items. During the off-season, customizable jerseys are available in the main store when a stand next to the store is open during the season.
  • McFadden's Bar and Grille — Open year-round, this restaurant combines the McFadden's and Zanzibar Blue menus at the Third Base Gate. Since its opening, it has become a popular post-game (or event) site for the nearby Wells Fargo Center and Lincoln Financial Field.
  • Phanatic Phun Zone — Located at the First Base Gate plaza, this playground offers fun for guests eight years old and younger with slides, climb, explore and play games. A separate area for toddlers three years old and younger is found inside.

Green stadium

Phillies board
The scoreboard when the Phillies won the 2008 World Series

The Philadelphia Phillies are the first Major League Baseball team to join the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership Program which motivates organizations across the world to purchase green power in order to minimize environmental impact.

The Phillies announced on April 30, 2008 that their home field, Citizens Bank Park, will be powered with 20 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green energy purchased in Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Certificates (RECs). The EPA stated that this purchase holds the record in professional sports for the largest purchase of 100% renewable energy. Glass, cardboard and plastics used during game day are recycled; frying oil is being recycled to produce bio-diesel fuel, and biodegradable, recyclable, and compostable products, service-ware, and plastics have been introduced.

Concerts

The first concert at the park was Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band on August 25, 2005, they returned on June 14, 2008. The Eagles, The Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban were scheduled to perform on June 14, 2010, but the show was cancelled.

Other performers who have played at the park include Billy Joel and Elton John in a duet concert, Bon Jovi and The Police. On July 14, 2012, former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters performed The Wall live as part of his world tour. On September 2 and 3, Bruce Springsteen played two shows as part of his Wrecking Ball Tour in front of more than 73,000 people, and he became the first act to perform at every major live music venue in Philadelphia.

Other stadium information

Due to the City of Philadelphia's smoking ban, smoking is only permitted at the third base gate and the left field gate.

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