Philadelphia Phillies

28 04 2009

Philadelphia welcomes thousands of tourists during the summer months.   A unique experience for those who visit Philadelphia this summer starts on the Broad Street Subway Line (aka Orange Line) and goes south to South Philadelphia, where our sports teams play (and often disappoint) year round.  A Phillies Game, especially, can show you the heart and soul of the city through the fans who have stuck by the team through a World Series win in 1980, heartbreaking series in 1993, second Championship in 2009, and all of the boos and jeers in between.  With the new family-friendly Citizens Bank Park as the new home, a night at the ball park can be liberating, exciting, or boring.  It’s always a gamble and you take your chances–especially with the Phillies.

Phillies

The crowds start arriving at the park early–usually between 5:30 and 6:00 for a 7:05 start.  The cheapest reserved seats are $16.  There are no bad seats in the park.  The only drawback to the cheap seats is that they are in the outfield and always catch the setting sun until around 8:00.  On a 90-degree day, those seats can be brutal.  Matt and I often watch the game from the concourse until the sun sets and then we settle in.  The best seats cost $41.  Call the box office about Standing Room Only seats–these can usually only be purchased when the regular seats are sold out or on the day of the game: (215) 463-1000.

crowds

The ballpark serves some premium beers–imported bottles and drafts are $6.75.  Hop Devil, Corona, and Sierra Nevada are our usual picks.

beer

Get to your seats early to see the players warm up on the field (shown are my favorite active players, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth).

warmup

The fans are extremely interactive.  Most games will be filled with waves and boos.  If you are visiting from a rival city, be careful wearing that gear in the stands.

field/stands

Ashburn Alley (below) is where the action is.  Packed with shops and food, many people will watch the entire game from this spot (and do a lot of people watching between innings).  Food selections include Tony Luke’s cheese steaks, Chickie & Pete’s crab fries, and Philadelphia soft pretzels.

ashburn alley

The outfield is usually filled with rowdy fans.

rowdy crowd

Phan-o-vision is a fun distraction between innings.  Every game features the “Kissing Cam,”  “Flex Cam,” or Septa races.  If you’re lucky, you’ll see a proposal.

septa race

Many nights are promotion nights, and some are easy on your wallet, such as Dollar Dog nights.  Despite the reasonable prices of tickets, it’s possible to spend $40-$80 on food and drink in one night for two people, depending on your choice of drink (alcoholic vs. non) and food (nachos cost much more than hot dogs).

Dollar Dog Night

The fixings stand can be a bit scary, but it’s all for a dollar so wade in with your life preservers on.  Just stay away from the onions unless you like them pureed.

toppings

This is a Dollar Dog;

$dog

This is also a Dollar Dog:

$dog

Oh, and this is one, too.  My husband is trying to show how small they are.

$dog

And if you are lucky, the Phillie Phanatic (the best mascot in history) and the Hatfield Pig will shoot a dog up to you in the stands.  Phanatic

Play ball!

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29 04 2009
Caroline - Philly Tourism

This is great! I just went to my first game of the season. I had a couple dogs (not dollar dogs, last night) and a couple of Philadelphia Brewing Company’s Kenzingers. It’s so nice that our ballpark has good food and nice local brew.

29 04 2009
exploreandeat

Thanks for your comment, Caroline! I didn’t know that the Kenzinger was now being offered at the park–my husband and I just tried it for the first time a couple of months ago.

29 04 2009
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