Home of the Philadelphia Phillies
*All opinions are my own
With covid creeping towards its final end (hopefully,) we loaded up the car and headed south to Philadelphia. Even though the ballpark had some restrictions still in place, we got a fairly “normal” ballpark experience, while also still feeling safe. From the food to the views, everything was a home run.
See everything we did: Three Days in Philadelphia
Best Place to Take a Photo– Outside near the Third Base Gate and kiddie corner from XFinity Live, is a giant Liberty Bell light. Frame it right and you can get the bell and “Citizen Bank Park” in the same photo. When inside, head to the third level on the first base side for a photo of the whole field, the “Phillies” sign in the outfield, and the beautiful city skyline.
Food at the Stadium- A few favorites that were unique to Philadelphia include Chickie’s and Pete’s Crabfries (these are also available at Yankee Stadium,) Campo’s Philly Cheesesteaks, Bull’s BBQ, and Federal Donuts.
First Timers- Head to Guest Services near Section 122 on the main level for your first time certificate.
Where We Sat- At first, I was a little bummed with our seats. They were the only ones I was able to find with the limited capacity. However, the 300 and 400 levels have incredible views of the ballpark and the city. So, yes, the players were a little smaller. But, we had a nice view of…everything!
The Mascot- Philly is home to the Phillie Phanatic. He’s a mean, green, dancing machine and that’s really the only way I can describe him. In 1978, this “flightless bird from the Galapagos” replaced the original mascots Phil and Phillis, who were pilgrims. (Groovy History)
According to the Phillies’ website, other occasional mascots include the Phanatic’s mom Phoebe and his pals from down south the Galapagos Gang (Bessie, Calvin, Sid and Iggy.)
Best Place to Pregame- Xfinity Live! Ok, so I am not sure that there are many other options in the area. But, I have also never seen anything like XFinity Live! For those who have never been, it is essentially a large food court with massive TV screens. Grab a table and order drinks from one of the several bars. If you want food, you have options like Geno’s Steaks and Chickie’s and Pete’s. There is also outdoor seating with live music from time to time.
Getting to the Game- The ballpark is located near both the Wells Fargo Center (Flyers/ 76ers) and Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles,) so there is ample room for parking. We had planned on taking the subway, aka the SEPTA, but we were running low on time. So, we ended up taking an Uber for about $20.You can find all of the parking and transportation information here.
For the Kids- In the outfield there is an area called The Yard. There are games for wiffle ball and a hot dog launcher.
You Should Know- The bar in the outfield was renamed Harry The K’s after longtime Philadelphia sports broadcaster, Harry Kalas, unexpectedly passed away in 2009.