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Citizens Bank Park

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Citizens Bank Park is a 43,500-seat baseball-only stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that opened on April 3, 2004 and hosted its first regular season baseball game on April 12. It was built to replace the now-demolished Veterans Stadium (a football/baseball facility) and is the home of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team.

At a glance...
Facility statistics
Location One Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA
Broke ground June 28, 2001
Opened April 3, 2004
Replaced Veterans Stadium
Owner City of Philadelphia
Operator Comcast-Spectacor Global
Spectrum Division;
Philadelphia Phillies
Surface Kentucky Blue Grass
Construction cost $346M
($174M taxpayers,
$176M Phillies)
Architects HOK Sport;
Ewing Cole Cherry Brott
Philadelphia Phillies (2004-present)
Seating capacity
43,500 (2004)
43,826 (2005)
43,647 (2006)
Left Field - 329 ft (10'6" fence)
Left-Power Alley - 374 ft (10'6" fence)
Left of CF to LCF - 409'-381'-387' (19'-12'8")
Center Field - 401 ft (6' fence)
Right-Center (deep) - 398 ft
Right-Power Alley - 369 ft (13'3" fence)
Right Field - 330 ft (13'3" fence)

The ballpark features natural grass and a dirt playing field. There are many Philly style food stands there including some that feature cheesesteaks, hoagies and other regional specialties. Behind center field is Ashburn Alley, named after Phillies great and Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, a walkway featuring restaurants and memorabilia from Phillies history, along with a restaurant bar and grille called "Harry The K's" named after Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas. This area opens one hour earlier than the other gates like Eutaw Street at Oriole Park at Camden Yards via the Left Field Gate.


In 1998, the Phillies and the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League joined their western Pennsylvania counterparts, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers in making requests to replace both "The Vet" and Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh with separate stadiums. The state legislature approved funding for all four stadiums. While Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh approved the pacts rather swiftly, typical bickering in Philadelphia's political arena and debate carried on as Pittsburgh opened their stadiums — PNC Park for the Pirates and Heinz Field for the Steelers — in 2001.

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The Eagles agreed to a site slightly southeast of Veterans Stadium, which would become Lincoln Financial Field, built on an old food warehouse opening in August 2003. The Phillies originally wanted a downtown ballpark much like those in Baltimore, Cleveland or San Francisco. (Unlike San Francisco, they wanted the taxpayers to pay for it.) They settled on a site east of the stadium on another food warehouse and the stadium parking lot. The unveiling of the park and ground breaking ceremonies were on June 28, 2001. Following the game that evening, the location of the left-field foul pole was unveiled at the outset of the team's annual 4th of July fireworks display.

The next milestone was on June 17, 2003 when the Citizens Bank division of the Royal Bank of Scotland agreed with the team to a 25-year, $95 million (US) deal for naming rights and advertising on telecasts, radio broadcasts, publications and inside the facility. The ballpark was officially topped off on August 12 that same year, and it was cleared to open the following April.

Another Launching Pad?

Controversial comments has swirled around the fence distances since it's opening. Pitchers and media members — especially those in Philadelphia's newspapers — have indicated that the ballpark, which promised to be fair to both hitters and pitchers, was a bandbox. The team made an honest mistake originally placing a 369-foot distance marker in left center field twenty-five feet closer than it should have. A study originally showed that a survey of wind patterns would have had an advantage in night games for pitchers and hitters in day games. But in 2004, the park yielded a total of 228 homers, the most in the National League, and only U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago served up more dingers with 272 that year. After a 2005 season where 17 less homers were hit in the park, but still among the top five in homers allowed, it was announced on October 28, 2005 that the fences in left and left-center would be moved back.

Citizens Bank Park!

The Phillies in action on June 29, 2004, courtesy of Anthony DiPierro. This file is licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike 1.0 License.

Photo by Anthony DiPierro

Ashburn Alley

Centered by a statue of Don 'Richie' Ashburn, the legendary ballplayer and broadcaster for the club, this area features:

  • All-Star Walk — Granite markers pay tribute to Phillies players that have played in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game since its' inception in 1933 and runs the length of the 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 and pork and chicken sandwiches.
  • Games of Baseball — Sponsored by Citizens Bank, this interactive area features a giant baseball-themed pinball machine, a run-the-bases game with the Phillie Phanatic, and a "Pitch 'Em and Tip 'Em" game where you can throw at moving targets of catcher Mike Lieberthal. Players earn coupons and exchange them for prizes as a kiosk such as hats, shirts and other ballpark-imprinted memorabilia.
  • Harry The K's Bar and Grille — Named for Phillies legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas, the bi-level bar and grill is built into the base of the scoreboard, and serves finger foods and sandwiches.
  • Memory Lane and Wall of Fame — A history of baseball in Philadelphia is located behind the brick batting eye in center field, while the opposite wall commemorates members of the franchise who contributed to the franchise's history.
  • Rooftop Bleachers — Inspired by the 1920's and 1930's stands on North 20th Street outside Shibe Park, this area, open to groups, replicates the seating similar to that outside Wrigley Field in Chicago.
  • Starting Lineup — The Phillies starting lineup that day is illustrated by giant baseball cards as fans enter the Left Field Gate.
04/12/2004 Reds 4, Phillies 1
Umpires Jerry Crawford, Angel Hernandez
  Mike Everitt, Mark Wegner
Managers Larry Bowa, Phillies
  Dave Miley, Reds
Starting Pitchers Randy Wolf, Phillies
  Paul Wilson, Reds
Ceremonial Pitch Robin Roberts, Mike Schmidt
  Steve Carlton, Richard Ashburn,
Bud Selig
Attendance 41,626
Batter D'Angelo Jimenez (double)
Hit D'Angelo Jimenez (double)
Run D'Angelo Jimenez
RBI Bobby Abreu
Single Ryan Freel
Double D'Angelo Jimenez
Triple Austin Kearns
Home Run Bobby Abreu
Grand Slam Andruw Jones (05/27/2004)
IPHR Jimmy Rollins (06/20/2004)
Stolen Base Marlon Byrd
Sacrifice Hit Paul Wilson
Sacrifice Fly Sean Casey
Cycle David Bell (06/28/2004)
Win Paul Wilson
Loss Randy Wolf
Shutout Randy Wolf, Rheal Cormier
Save Danny Graves
Hit by Pitch Kevin Millwood hit Brian
Schneider (04/17/2004)
Wild Pitch Randy Wolf
Balk Carl Pavano (04/21/2004)
No-Hitter (None)
Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
Courtesy of Retrosheet

Other Attractions:

  • "Build-A-Bear Workshop" Make-Your-Own-Phanatic — The first store of its' kind in sports, fans are invited to buy and stuff a Phillie Phanatic doll and dress it up. Similar shops are now in Cleveland's Jacobs Field and Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. Another is scheduled to open at the New Busch Stadium in 2006.
  • Cooperstown Gallery — Located in the Hall of Fame club level, this display honors players from the Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, and local members of the Baseball Hall of Fame with portraits by artist Dick Perez and memorabilia from the franchises.
  • 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 meters) above street level, this 52-foot (15.8 meters) by 35-foot (10.7 meters) wide mechanical, lighted replica of the Liberty Bell "rings" and lights up after every Phillies home run and victory.
  • Majestic Clubhouse Store and Alley Store — The clubhouse store is open year-round, and serves as the starting point for tours of the ballpark. A bi-level store features regular merchandise on the first level and Phanatic-themed items on the second level. The Alley Store is open during all home games and features customizing of Phillies jerseys.
  • McFadden's Bar and Grille—Open year-round, this restaurant combines the McFadden's and Zanzibar Blue menus at the Third Base Gate.
  • 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.
  • Phanatic Rock Climb and Giant Shoe Slide — Located on the Terrace Level near home plate, kids can climb an inflatable rock climb and slide in and out of a replica of one of the Phanatic's sneakers.
  • Statues — Besides the Richie Ashburn statue in Ashburn Alley, statues of three famous Phillies — Robin Roberts (at the First Base Gate), Mike Schmidt (at the Third Base Gate) and Steve Carlton (at the Left Field Gate) — ring the outside of the facility. Other art found throughout the park includes tile mosaics, murals and terrazzo floors with outlined images of famous players in Phillies history.

Citizens Bank Park is located in South Philadelphia and is bordered by Pattison Avenue on the south, Citizens Bank Way (also known as 11th Street) to the west, Darien Street to the east and Phillies Way (also known as Hartranft Street) to the north.

Related Books on Ballparks
The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
Ballpark: The Story of America's Baseball Fields by Lynn Curlee
Ballparks: A Panoramic History by Marc Sandalow and Jim Sutton.
Ballparks by Robert Von Goeben and Red Howard.
Ballparks: Then & Now by Eric Enders.
Baseball Vacations: Great Family Trips to Minor League and Classic Major League Ballbarks Across America by Bruce Adams and Margaret Engel.
Blue Skies, Green Fields: A Celebration of 50 Major League Baseball Stadiums by Ira Rosen.
Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
Fields of Dreams: A Guide to Visiting and Enjoying All 30 Major League Ballparks by Jay Ahuja
Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
Joe Mock's Ballpark Guide by Joe Mock.
Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums by Joshua Pahigian and Kevin O'Connell.
Video: Story of America's Classic Ballparks
Video: Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

Economics of Stadiums
City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause.
Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums by Kevin J. Delaney and Rick Eckstein.
Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums by Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist.

General Stadium Reference:
Sports Staff of USA Today. The Complete 4 Sport Stadium Guide. Fodor's, 1996.

Stadium Design and Financing References:
Philip Bess. City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks. Knothole Press, 1999.
Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit. Common Courage Press, 1998.
Mark S. Rosentraub. Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It. HarperCollins, 1997.
Kevin J. Delaney, Rick Eckstein. Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist. Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Brookings Institution, 1997.
Dean V. Baim. The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. Greenwood Publishing, 1994.
Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.

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