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Ballpark Game Plan: Philadelphia Phillies & Citizens Bank Park

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Field: Citizens Bank Park

Official Site:

Year Completed: 2004

Capacity: 42,901

Covered: No – Postponement/Rainout Policy

Mascot: Phillie Phanatic (occasionally accompanied by his mother, Phoebe)

The Game We’ll See: Thursday, August 5: Kansas City Royals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (see all 30 here!)

Parking & Transportation:

Citizens Bank Park has several parking lots. Parking is $25 for a regular vehicle, and $50 for an oversized vehicle or bus. The MLB recommends prepayment. The Park allows tailgating

Citizens Bank Park has several parking lots. Parking is $25 for a regular vehicle, and $50 for an oversized vehicle or bus. The MLB recommends prepayment. The Park allows tailgating in lots A-H, M, N, and O beginning 5 hours before the game.

Oversized vehicle: Parking is available in lots M, N, and Q for $50.   

Public transportation is available, but Citizens Bank Park is not as easy to access by public transportation as it is by car. You can find detailed information about public options here.

Stadium Tours:

Stadium Tours are offered at 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays, and cost $20 for adults over 14 and $15 for seniors and children 14 and under. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

General Information:

Bags: Citizens Bank Stadium allows clutch purses no larger than 5” x 7”, drawstring bags (backpacks), single compartment tote bags (clear or solid) that are no larger than 16” x 16” x 8” into the park. Lockers are available on Citizens Bank Way for a $10 fee.

Food & Beverages: Fans may bring in non-alcoholic beverages in sealed, plastic bottles and soft-sided juice boxes. Coolers are prohibited. You can also bring in food, as long as it fits within the bag limits above.

Cashless transactions: All transactions are cashless.

Signs: Signs no larger than 4’ x 8’ are permitted as long as they are baseball-related, don’t block views, interfere with the game, contain advertising, or contain offensive materials. They must be made of paper, cloth, or other soft materials, and not include wood or metal.

Foul Balls: Fans may keep foul balls, as long as they don’t interfere with play or enter the playing area to retrieve them.

Cameras: Cameras are permitted, but camera cases, tripods, monopods, camcorders, and hand-held video cameras are not.

Umbrellas: Citizens Bank Park allows umbrellas. Please use them respectfully.

Gates: Gates open 90 minutes prior to the first pitch unless the game begins at 6:40 p.m.. In these cases, the gates open 65 minutes prior to game time.

Where to Sit:

Ballpark E Guides suggests choosing third base seats because the sun beats down on the first base side late in the day. He also recommends lower level seating whenever possible because the upper level seats are farther away from the action and require a bit of a trek.

In general, Ballpark Savvy says that all the seats in the stadium are good. They recommend avoiding right field because of the heat. If you want to catch a foul ball, try Sections 129 – 132 on the Third Base side and 115 – 118 on the First Base side.

The Baseball Road Trips guide recommends row 1 of Section 330 in the Terrace for a combination of excellent views, shade, and affordability. They also recommend Sections 201 to 205 or 142 to 145 for evening games, and 125 to 132 for day games. The concourse is full of railings, so this is a great park to buy a cheap seat and find a good place to stand and watch.

The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip suggest buying a Standing Room Only ticket and standing along the rail.


  • When in Philly, you really must try a Philly Cheesesteak. There are two locations that come highly recommended, both in Ashburn Alley: Tony Luke’s and Campo’s.
  • Another Facebook Ballpark Chaser suggested that there is a new addition to the cheesesteak selection, which he would put at the top of the list: Uncle Charlie’s. It’s on the first base line, on the first level.
  • The Phillies’ trademark food is sold by Chickie & Pete’s. Crab fries (crinkle fries with Old Bay seasoning) are served with a side of white cheese.
  • Water Ice is like a slushy version of an Italian ice. It’s a perfect dessert for a hot day.
  • The Hatfield Hot Dog is the stadium’s trademark dog. Find them behind sections 120, 135, and 209.

First Time Visitors:

Citizens Bank Park does offer certificates for first-time visitors. While the official guide says they are limited to kids 14 and under, Facebook Group Ballpark Chasers fans said they will also provide them to adults. They are available at Guest Services on the Main Concourse (Section 122) and Terrace Level (Section 318).


Not addressed on the team’s website.

Other Stadium Tips & Highlights:

Ashburn Alley, named in honor of Phillies’ Hall of Famer and Broadcaster Richie “Whitey” Ashburn, includes “The Yard,” a 13,000 foot interactive baseball experience for kids. This is also the place to watch pitchers warm up in the bullpens, check out the All Star Walk, and snap a photo with the 10 foot statue of Richie Ashburn.

The Left Field Plaza includes statues of some of the team’s retired numbers and their championship banners. Near the Left Field Gate, you’ll find the Phillies Wall of Fame, with a collection of plaques honoring famous players. The Right Field Plaza includes more statues of the team’s retired numbers, plus a 19’ Liberty Bell that once topped Veterans Stadium.

Unfortunately, the Phillies’ Hall of Fame is located in the Hall of Fame Club level, which you can only visit if you have a Club-level ticket or you take the tour before the game. 

When the Phillies score a home run, fans are treated to a light show on the Liberty Bell in Right-Center Field.

Designated drivers can register through the MLB Ballpark app or by scanning the QR code at the kiosks located at the first base, third base, and left field gates until the end of the first inning. Registered DDs receive a coupon for a free soda and are entered to win a $150 Phillies gift card.

To catch batting practice, enter through the 3B or left field gates which open 2 hours before game time.

The Left & Right Field Plazas includes statues of the players whose numbers have been retired, including:

  • 1- Richie Ashburn
  • 14 – Jim Bunning
  • 15 – Dick Allen
  • 20 – Mike Schmidt
  • 32 – Steve Carlton
  • 35 – Roy Halladay
  • 36 – Robin Roberts
  • 42 – Jackie Robinson (retired by the MLB)