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Citizens Bank Park / Philadelphia Phillies

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Is Citizens Bank Park the best ballpark in baseball? While its location keeps it from being considered the best overall ballpark, it certainly is in the top echelon of Major League Baseball ballparks. With the place crammed regularly with enthusiastic fans, it's also one of the most popular MLB ballparks, and after eight seasons, it's still in great shape.

FAST FACTS

Year Opened: 2004
Capacity: 43,651
Suites: 70
Cost: $346 million
Architect: EwingCole, Philadelphia, and Populous (formerly HOK Sport), Kansas City
Owner: City of Philadelphia
Dimensions: 334L, 374LC, 387LC, 409 “The Angle,” 401C, 398RC, 333R
Fence Heights: Left field, 10’6”; Center field, 6’; "The Angle," 19’-12’8”; Right field, 13’3”.
Naming Rights: Citizens Bank, $95 million over 25 years; $57.5 million for naming rights and $37.5 million for the Phillies broadcast media package.
Playing Surface: Grass.
Website: mlb.com
Ticket Prices: Field (115-132), $60; Field (108-114, 133-139), $45; Scoreboard Porch (241-245), $38; Terrace (312-329), $34; Field (140-148, 101-107), $33; Pavilion (206-211), $33; Arcade (233-237), $33; Foul Pole Seats (107, 140-141), $33; Pavilion (201-205), $28; Foul Pole Seats (205), $28; Terrace (330-333), $26; Terrace Deck (412-429), $26; Pavilion Deck (306-310), $26; Foul Pole Seats (306), $26; Pavilion Deck (301-305), $20; Terrace Deck (430-434), $20; Foul Pole Seats (305), $20; Standing Room Only, $17.
Ticket Lines: 215/463-1000
League: National League
Phillies Dugout Location: First-base side.
Other Tenants: None.
Previous Names: None.
First Game: On April 12, 2004, the Philadelphia Phillies opened Citizens Bank Park with a 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds before a crowd of 41,626. Bobby Abreu homered for the only Phillies run of the game. Reds ace Paul Wilson gave up that single run in 7.1 innings of work to earn the victory. The Phillies earned their first win at Citizens Bank Park the following day with a 6-4 victory over the Reds, rallying for six runs in the seventh and eighth innings. David Bell and Mike Lieberthal homered for the Phillies.
Address: One Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, 19148-5249
Directions: Citizens Bank Park is located in the same southeast Philadelphia sports complex with Lincoln Financial Field (home to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles) and Wachovia Center (home to the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers). The SEPTA Broad Street Subway Line terminates at the sports complex at Pattison Avenue. The Broad Street Line runs north-south through Philadelphia, beginning to the north at the Fern Rock Transportation Center and terminating to the south at the Pattison Avenue stop next to the sports facilities. The sports complex is only two miles from downtown Philly, so taking the train is a breeze. The sports complex is located between I-75 and I-95, so as long as you know how to get to either freeway you can make it to the ballpark. When on I-95 exits 17 and 19 will take you directly to the ballpark. If you’re staying downtown, take Broad Street south and you’ll be right there.

It seems a generation ago when Citizens Bank Park first opened; since then several new MLB parks have opened, each building upon the blueprint that makes Citizens Bank Park such a success. Indeed, it’s hard to remember those dreary days at the Vet, given the age of the ballpark and the incredible success enjoyed by the Phillies: three divisional titles, two World Series appearances, a championship crown and a home record of 292-233 since the place opened. It seems like the Bank has been around forever.

That’s perhaps why Citizens Bank Park is sometimes taken for granted when people make their lists of favorite ballparks. True, it is a gorgeous ballpark that’s held up remarkably well since opening. Though it has retro features like brickwork and cozy dimensions, Citizens Bank Park isn’t a true retro ballpark. Its location in the same South Philadelphia sports complex housing Lincoln Financial Field, the Spectrum, and Wachovia Center gives it a definite suburban feel: it’s basically adrift in a sea of parking, a ballpark without context. Though it does afford a lovely view of the downtown Philly skyline from the upper seats in the grandstand, Citizens Bank Park is designed to be as insular as possible: it’s a fairly vertical ballpark, designed to interact very little with the rest of the city.