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Citizens Bank Park

Home of the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia, PA
Citizens Bank Park
(2004-Present)
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Citizens Bank Park
Opened:
April 9, 2004
First Regular Season Game: April 12, 2004 (4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds)
Construction Began: January 15, 2002
Capacity (2014): 43,651
Original Construction Cost: $458 million
Stadium Design: Retro Classic

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Thoughts

The Scoreboard

Getting There

There is so much parking around Citizens Bank Park it is unbelievable. It could be because it is in the "Sports Complex" area of Philly and there are 3 other stadiums/arenas in the area, but you definitely won't have trouble driving. You could also take the train, but it doesn't seem like it drops you off too close to the stadium. The parking is surprisingly reasonable as well, which is a shock for a city as big as Philly.

8/10

Tickets and Seating

Tickets to the games are relatively inexpensive. They don't have any single-game tickets that come close to $100 so that's a big bonus. The seats are fairly close to the field, but you don't get the intimate feeling like you do at parks like PNC and Wrigley. Some of the seats are at awkward angles as well, but no where near as bad as Fenway.

8/10

Flags in the Outfield

Exterior

There are trees outside, which is nice, but there just doesn't seem to be any character to the area. The red brick and steel feels more like a new mini-mansion than it does a classic baseball stadium. There are a few statues of Philly greats outside the stadium but other than that it is pretty forgetable.

5/10

Interior

The inside of the stadium continues the red brick and steel look, but for some reason goes with blue seats. The stadium has a lot of quirks on the inside, though, that definitely add to its character. The bullpens are stacked one on top of the other, which is a cool feature not duplicated anywhere else that I know of. You can also walk the entire concourse and still see the game. They even have little shelves behind the seating areas where you can put your food if you want to stand and watch the game for a little bit. Great for the standing-room only crowd.

9/10

Scoreboard

The scoreboard is big, the video is clear, and it isn't cluttered with many ads. The steel continues behind the scoreboard which fits the stadium, but it still doesn't look like a classic baseball scoreboard. The out-of-town board shows every game and gives you all the pertinent information. Overall, it's one of the best in baseball.

9/10

Sound

They have an organ at Citizens Bank but they only use it for the stretch, which leads me to ask "Why?" The popular music is used judiciously, though, and the sound system is pretty clear. It would just be nice to hear some organ music once in a while.

8/10

The Double-Decker Bullpen

Fans

Philadelphia fans know what they're talking about, but they can be brutal. I didn't hear too much trash talking of the Red Sox during the game, but the Phillies were playing so bad that the fans really let the boos fly. I'm all for booing a player who isn't giving his best (see Milton Bradley), but I think Philly fans use the word "boo" as a greeting.

8/10

Ushers and Trading Up

The ushers were surpringly nice, but the stadium was packed so it was tough to tell if trading up was a possibility. They don't have ushers guarding every aisle like some stadiums so I imagine it wouldn't be a problem.

10/10

7th Inning Stretch

They sing "Take Me Out" and they use a real organ! Horray! There isn't anything done afterwards that distinguises the stretch from other places, but a real organ gets major points.

8/10

Surrounding Area

Citizens Bank Park is located in the "Sports Complex" area of Philly, which means unless you have a concert or another sporting event to go to there is nothing else to do around it. Downtown Philly is great, but you have to travel a little way to get there.

3/10

Final Score: 70/100 C-