Citizens Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League, Eastern division, and is part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, which includes the Wells Fargo Center and the Lincoln Financial Field.
The stadium replaced Veterans Stadium, which had been a multi-purpose stadium which the Phillies shared with the Philadelphia Eagles football team of the NFL. The city agreed to build a new stadium for the Eagles, which would become Lincoln Financial Field and opened in August 2003.
Citizens Park Exterior
The city and the Phillies did not reach an agreement on a new stadium
until a year after the Eagles. The ball club wanted a facility built which
resembled the parks built in Baltimore, Cleveland, Denver & several other
newly constructed stadiums, and wanted Citizens Bank Park to be located in
Center City business area, but protest from the Chinese segment of population
forced the building of the stadium in the Sports Complex.
Despite all concerned regrets that the stadium was not located in the Center City area, the Phillies still continue to set attendance records, which includes 81 straight sell outs, with average attendance of 45,028 per game.
Saying Citizens Bank Park is Hitter Friendly, is an understatement. In 2004 - 218 home runs were hit and in 2005 - 201 homers were launched out of the park, with the greater majority of the homers being to Left Field.
In an attempt to reduce the hitter advantage, the Left Field fence was moved out 5’ farther from the plate, but the modification had little effect as 149 home runs were hit in 2009, the most of any ball parks in MLB.
Citizens Park Field
Naming of the new stadium created a rather rowdy debate between citizens
who wanted the stadium named Ashburn Stadium, in honor of the legendary center
fielder who played for the Phillies from 1948 to 1959 then became their
broadcaster from 1963 until his death in 1997, and those who wanted naming revenue.
As a compromise Ashburn Alley was created and is located behind Center Field and the area opens 2 ½ hours prior to the scheduled first pitch. The Alley includes many different attractions such as:
Tony Luke’s, which serves famous cheese steaks and pork roast.
Bull’s BBQ, and is named in the honor of former outfielder Greg “The Bull” Luzinski.
Campo’s, which serves Phillie Cheese Steaks, the first Campo opened in
Harry The K’s Bar & Grill, named after the late Phillies announcer, Harry Kalas.
These are but a few of the attractions located in Ashburn Alley.
Statues & Tributes:
There are numerous statues placed within and around the ball park honoring great Phillie past players. Mike Schmidt is located at the third base gate, Steve Carlton, at the Left Field Gate, Robin Roberts, at the First Base Gate and Harry Kalas, outside the restaurant bearing his name.
Citizen’s Bank Park Specifics:
Location: One Citizens Bank Way Philadelphia, Penn.
Broke Ground - June 28, 2002
Date Stadium Opened - April 3, 2004
Playing Surface: - Kentucky Blue Grass
Construction Cost: - $458 million
Seating Capacity: - 43,651
Playing Field Dimensions:
Left Field Foul Pole - 329 feet
Left Field Power Alley - 374 feet
The “Angle” which is left of center field extending to Left Center Field - 409 feet to 387 feet
Straight away Center Field - 401 feet
Right Field Power Alley - 369 feet
Right Field Foul Pole - 330 feet
Citizens Park to Baseball Stadiums
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