Citizen Bank Park
Citizen Bank Park, a beautiful and popular baseball park in Philadelphia is located in Pennsylvania and is a part of South Philadelphia Sports Complex and home of the Philadelphia Phillies. It is commonly referred to by locals simply as "The Bank" or "C.B.P.". Citizen Bank Park opened on April 3, 2004, and hosted its first regular season baseball game on April 12 of the same year. The ballpark was built to replace the now-demolished Veterans Stadium.
In 1999, the Phillies and the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League joined their Western Pennsylvania counterparts, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers in making requests to replace both Veterans Stadium and Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh with separate stadiums. The Pirates threatened to leave Pittsburgh in 1997, which helped convince the legislature to approve funding for the four proposed stadiums. The stadiums were opened by Pittsburgh as PNC Park for the Pirates and Heinz Field for the Steelers in 2001. The Eagles stadium was built on the site of an old food warehouse known as Lincoln Financial Field and was opened in August 2003.
After 33 years at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies moved into their new state-of-the-art facility, Citizens Bank Park in 2004. The world-class ballpark, rated one of the best in the country, opened on April 3, 2004, with an exhibition game against the Cleveland Indians. Citizen Bank Park is a 43,651-seat baseball park, a 21 acre site- north side of Pattison Avenue between Citizens Bank Way and Darien Street.
Citizen Bank Park is a universal accessible and comfortable destination by all means including natural grass and dirt playing field, open main course (360 degrees), open outfield, flowers on the outside of the park, 21,000 spaces for parking in the Sports Complex, Phanatic attractions like Phanatic Phood Stands, Phanatic Phun Zone and Phanatic Attic; public restroom facilities, restaurants like Harry the K's Broadcast Bar & Grille and Sapphire blue; large and massive, new Daktronics HD-15 video display; statues of Richie Ashburn, Steve Carlton and more; 70 suites that afford spectacular views of action, a Veterans Memorial located on Pattison Avenue and many beautiful water fountains.
Citizen Bank Park has witnessed numerous events in its life till date. On June 14, 2004, Phillies first baseman Jim Thome hit his 400th career home run to the left-center field seats at Citizens
On June 25, 2010, Citizens Bank Park hosted the first regular-season game in a National League stadium in which the designated hitter was used; Major League Baseball moved the Phillies' series against the Toronto Blue Jays from Rogers Centre to Philadelphia, citing security concerns for the G-20 Summit.
The longest baseball game played at Citizens Bank Park to date occurred on May 25, 2011, when the Phillies faced the Cincinnati Reds. The game was 19 innings long lasting for 6 hours and 11 minutes.
Behind center field is Ashburn Alley, named after Phillies Hall of Fame center fielder Richie Ashburn, who played for the team from 1948 to 1959 and was a Phillies broadcaster from 1963 until his death in 1997. Ashburn Alley also features a memorabilia shop and a large bronze statue of Ashburn directly behind center field. Some more attractions at Citizens Bank Park include Diamond Club and Hall of Fame Club- two premium seating areas in the park, High and Inside Pub, Liberty Bell Home Run Celebration- the majestic replica of Liberty Bell, Majestic Clubhouse Store and Mitchell & Ness Alley Store, McFadden's Bar and Grille and much more.