Today we head down to Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies. Located in the marvelous sports complex in South Philadelphia, Citizens Bank Park replaced Veterans Stadium in 2004. The ballpark is probably the best out of all four stadiums. The park brings in a traditional baseball environment, along with a true cultural aspect of Philadelphia.
There are way too many places to eat before the game. You already know names like Pat’s and Geno’s and you’ve probably heard of Xfinity Live, but there are plenty of great places within the park. Chickie’s and Pete’s is the best sports bar in America hands down and they now have several branches in the Delaware Valley along with a station in Lincoln Financial Field, The Wells Fargo Center, and of course Citizens Bank Park. They are known for their award winning crab fries, a fan favorite in town.
If you want to meet some former Phillies that are now in the kitchen, check out Bulls’ BBQ behind right field. It is ran by Greg “The Bull” Luzinski, and Gary Maddox, two of the greatest outfielders in team history. They have a great variety on the menu, such as brisket sandwiches and ribs. Harry the K’s is named after the late and amazing broadcaster Harry Kalas. It is located in left field and you can watch the game from there. I also recommend getting your picture taken with the statue.
The view of the game is great from any seat. Special areas include the scoreboard porch, and the rooftop bleachers underneath the Liberty Bell, which recreates the old bleachers at Shibe Park on North and 20 street. Visiting Memory Lane which is behind the bullpens will give you a better understanding of baseball in Philadelphia.
As we begin to hit the road there are some other unique things about the park. The park played host to the 2012 Winter Classic in which the Flyers lost to the Rangers by a score of 3-2. The majestic clubhouse store is the official team store which has a plethora of gear as well. I also recommend touring the city and if you want to visit all 30 parks why not start in the city that served as the birthplace of America? Tomorrow we hit the road back into the Mid Atlantic where we will visit Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals.