Ballpark Review: Citizens Bank Park Is A Nice Baseball Experience

PHILADELPHIA – Can’t get tickets to a Mets game? Don’t want to take out another mortgage to go to the Bronx and see the Yankees.

And you don’t want to go to minor league ball because…well…it’s minor league and you don’t know anyone playing.

Well there’s a solution for you.

Drive down the Turnpike 90 miles and you can see the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Opened in 2003, CBP competes with Camden Yards as the nicest of the new parks on the East Coast  built in the past 25 years.

It’s Citi Field with room. It’s Yankee Stadium without the heavy handed memorabilia and corporate culture.

Look, it is the Phillies home ballpark, so you have to deal with the Phillies fans, but generally they are easy enough to get along with as long as you don’t rub anything into their faces.

More importantly, Citizens Bank Park is an affordable option compared to the New York counterparts. For tomorrow, a Friday night, there are tickets in the upper deck as low as 17 dollars.

And generally there are plenty of good seats available. With the Phillies rebuilding, there fans that packed the place say six years ago, are doing other things these days.

Like Citi Field, Citizens Bank Park has a number of menu options. Most are in the outfield and include local favorites like Tony Lukes cheesesteaks, Turkey Hill Ice Cream, and Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab Fries among other things.

Over the center field wall, the Phillies have their own mini version of Monument Park with the Phillies Wall of Fame and history of baseball in Philadelphia.

So, if you are a baseball fan and want to see baseball outside of New York, there’s no reason not to visit Citizens Bank Park.


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Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is the founder and former publisher of NY Sports Day. After selling to i15Media in 2020, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and responsible for the editorial side of the publication. In the past, Joe was the managing editor of NY Sportscene magazine and assistant editor of Mets Inside Pitch. He has covered the Mets since 2004.

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