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A Guide To Citizens Bank Park

September 28, 2010 2:52 AM

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Citizens Bank Park
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Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, opened its doors to fans on April 3, 2004. Located at One Citizens Bank Way, the stadium replaced the since-demolished Veterans Stadium.

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On Wednesday, October 29, 2008, the Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park to win the team’s first World Series title since 1980.

It’s safe to say that going to a game at CBP has become more of a social event than its predecessor, The Vet.

Here is a guide if you are planning on heading to CBP to soak up the atmosphere.

Getting There

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Driving:

We don’t have to remind you, but if you are planning on driving to the game, be sure to leave plenty of time! CBP holds close to 44,000 fans, and as any Philly sports fan knows, the streets around the stadium complex can get congested.

Driving directions and parking information can be found here.

Train:
Whether you hop on SEPTA’s Broad Street Line or take the PATCO High Speed Line in from New Jersey, the train may be your best option to avoid traffic headaches. Visit septa.org for more transportation info.

Bus:
Once again, SEPTA offers a variety of bus options to get you to the ballpark. Visit septa.org for more information.

First time at the stadium?
First Phillies Game at Citizens Bank Park Certificate are available free of charge inside every issue of the Phillies Magazine, which can be purchased at newsstands and from program vendors. For kids 14 and under who are attending their first game, individual certificates are available for free at Guest Services and the Birthday Check-In Desks.

Have to leave CBP early?
Be warned, CBP has a no re-entry policy!

Tickets

This is not the Phillies games of the 90s when you could walk up to The Vet and snag tickets minutes before the game. The Phils are contenders year in and year out, thus making access to tickets–pardon the pun–tough tickets.

Try to plan early. If you have a date in mind for a special occasion (birthday, date night, anniversary), be sure to jump on Phillies.com early enough to get the seats you want. If you choose to procrastinate, don’t be afraid to check sites like Stubhub and Craigslist. Great deals can be had on those sites if you do your homework.

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Seating

For the most part, there isn’t a bad seat to be had at CBP. Standing room-only tickets are available, and many fans have been known to simply walk around the stadium as opposed to sitting in their assigned seats.

To find a seating chart for CBP, click here.

Inside CBP

So you’ve survived the commute and the traffic, and you are finally inside the stadium. A great meeting point is McFadden’s at the Ballpark. From great food to an array of alcoholic beverages, this is a good starting point.

In the mood to walk around the stadium and take in the sights? The concession stands at CBP are first class and were voted the “Best Ballpark Eats” by the Food Network in 2007.

Be sure to hit Ashburn Alley, which is located behind center field. Ashburn Alley is named after Phillies Hall of Fame center fielder Richie Ashburn.

Food and Drink

Here is a list of places inside the stadium to get a taste of Philadelphia’s best food and drinks.

Brewerytown
(Ashburn Alley and behind Sections 113 and 139)
Features local, domestic and import brews. Try the featured Brewerytown offering at each location.

Bud Light Rooftop
(on the Rooftop in Ashburn Alley)
Features pork and chicken tacos, nachos and Hatfield hot dogs.

Bull’s BBQ – Voted BEST OF PHILLY
(Ashburn Alley)
Features the largest grill in all of Major League Baseball! This outdoor picnic area includes pit beef, barbecued ribs, pit turkey, pulled barbecue pork, the infamous turkey leg, and the “Bulldog,” an extra-large kielbasa sandwich. Also available: Bull’s 1/2 chicken, macaroni and cheese, and a kid’ platter. Greg “The Bull” Luzinski is the daily host.

Campo’s Steaks – Voted BEST OF PHILLY!
(Ashburn Alley)
Campo’s Deli at 2nd and Market Streets in Old City has been serving delicious, award-winning sandwiches since 1947. Now they are also located on Ashburn Alley! Try a cheesesteak, chicken cheesesteak or “The Heater.”

Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab Fries
(By bullpens in Ashburn Alley behind Section 102)
Enjoy delicious Crab Fries.

Cobblestone Grill
(behind Sections 109)
Features cheesesteaks, french fries, chicken tenders and more.

Harry the K’s Broadcast Bar & Grille (named after legendary Phillies announcer Harry Kalas)
(Left field scoreboard)
Serves casual, finger-food to upscale menu items. (Limited menu upstairs)

Hatfield Grill
(behind Sections 120 and 136 and in Ashburn Alley)
Features hot dogs, burgers, and fries and more.

Old City Creamery
(Ashburn Alley and behind Sections 330and 430)
Features Turkey Hill soft serve ice cream in a cone or a miniature Phillies batting helmet.

Phanatic Phood
(near Phanatic Phun Zone behind Section 112)
Offers portions just the right size for young Phillies guests.

Planet Hoagie
(Ashburn Alley behind Section 147)
Features delicious Philadelphia Hoagies, various vegetarian sandwiches, salad and “crabfree” crabcakes.

The Schmitter®
(behind Section 140)
Enjoy this famous Philadelphia sandwich from McNally’s Tavern in Chestnut Hill. The Schmitter® is a Registered Trademark of H&J McNallys Tavern, Inc.

South Philadelphia Market
(behind Sections 106, 117, 126, 130 and 138)
Ballpark favorites including hot dogs, sodas, popcorn, peanuts and Cracker Jack. Also features vegan hot dogs and Black Bean Burgers (behind Section 128).

Tony Luke’s
(Ashburn Alley behind Section 141)
Features old Philly-style sandwiches, including cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches and fries.

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