Citizens Bank Park is a 43,651-seat baseball park in Philadelphia
, part of the 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.". Citizens Bank Park opened on April 3, 2004, and hosted its first regular season baseball game on April 12 of the same year, with the Phillies losing to the Cincinnati Reds, 4–1. The ballpark was built to replace the now-demolished Veterans Stadium (a football/baseball multipurpose facility), and features natural grass and dirt playing field and also features a number of Philadelphia-style food stands, including several which serve cheesesteaks, hoagies, and other regional specialties. The ballpark lies on the northeast corner of the Sports Complex, which includes Lincoln Financial Field
, Wells Fargo Center
, and Xfinity Live.
The first concert at the park was Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band on August 25, 2005, they returned on June 14, 2008. The Eagles, The Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban were scheduled to perform on June 14, 2010, but the show was cancelled. Other performers who have played at the park include Billy Joel and Elton John in a duet concert, Bon Jovi and The Police. On July 14, 2012, former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters performed The Wall live as part of his World
tour. On September 2 and 3, Bruce Springsteen played two shows as part of his Wrecking Ball Tour and became the first act to perform at every major live music venue in Philadelphia.
Other Stadium Information:
Due to the City of Philadelphia's smoking ban, smoking is only permitted at the first base gate, the third base gate and the left field gate. Dan Baker, public address announcer for the Phillies since 1972, continues to introduce the players. During each player's first at-bat, Baker, in an excited voice, says, "Now batting for the Phillies, number (#), (position), (player's name)". For example, a first at-bat introduction would have Baker say, "Now batting for the Phillies, number eleven, shortstop Jimmy Rollins!" During subsequent at-bats, players are only announced by their position and name, for example, "Phillies first baseman, Ryan Howard!" Baker only uses the city of the opposing team when he announces their players rather than the team nickname, for example, "Now batting for Atlanta, number ten, third baseman Chipper Jones", and makes the announcement in a more-subdued tone.
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. It is seen by Phillies fans as a compromise between the Phillies and their fans, many of whom wanted Citizens Bank Park named in honor of Ashburn. Ashburn Alley is named for the slightly-overgrown grass which bordered the third base line at Shibe Park where Ashburn was famous for laying down bunts that stayed fair. The new Ashburn Alley, located near Ashburn's defensive position, is a walkway featuring restaurants, games and memorabilia from Phillies history.
Features Of The Alley Are:
- All-Star Walk
- Bull's BBQ
- Seasons Pizza
- Planet Hoagie
- Tony Luke's
- Games of Baseball
- Harry The K's Bar and Grille
- Memory Lane and Phillies Wall of Fame
- Exposed Bullpens
- Rooftop Bleachers
- Starting Lineup
- Diamond and Hall of Fame Clubs
- High and Inside Pub
- Liberty Bell Home Run Celebration
- Majestic Clubhouse Store and Mitchell & Ness Alley Store
- McFadden's Bar and Grille
- Phanatic Phun Zone
- Phanatic Giant Shoe Slide