Philadelphia, PA - Kids are getting their very own "major league" ballpark to play in! The Philadelphia Phillies, together with Aramark and Citizens Bank, revealed what's new this season when it comes to all the fan fun encompassing the game.
"We are very excited to take the fan experience to the next level," said David Buck, Phillies Executive Vice President. "We've added several attractions that complement our family-fun atmosphere and continue to make Citizens Bank Park a top destination. We can't wait for our fans to experience all of the new features, food and fun that our ballpark has to offer."
With the goal of improving the ballpark, which is now the oldest in the National League East, the Phillies have teamed up with top architects and design experts to make major improvements to various areas.
Major League Experiences for Kids: Among the new attractions is The Yard, a 13,000-square foot interactive baseball experience that literally gets kids in the game. Highlights include Citizens Bank Phan Field - designed to model the Phillies own major league field, a 30-foot Phanatic Rock Climbing Wall offering a chance to clamber around City landmarks and a Hatfield Phanatic Hot Dog Launcher (the same size as the Phanatic's!) that hits targets with soft-foam hot dogs. There's also a new bullpen speed pitch, dugout, a mini-PhanaVision and Liberty Bell, a Turkey Hill ice cream bar for kids and more.
Celebrating Phillies History: Enhanced experiences continue in Left Field at the newly-renovated entrance plaza, which now offers great photo opportunities celebrating Phillies history. It's a fun add for the Instagram generation, allowing for selfie moments with oversized World Series trophies and large retired numbers. Also featured is the Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame, relocated to the back of the scoreboard, along with the team's championship banners.
The celebration of Phillies history carries on to the field with the new "Throwback Thursdays", where on select Thursday games the team will sport powder blue uniforms from the 1980s. Other highlights include pregame celebrations honoring 2018 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jim Thome (6/14), the 25th anniversary of the 1993 National League Champion Phillies on Chevrolet Father's Appreciation Day (6/10), Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame Night honoring Pat Gillick and the late Roy Halladay (8/4), and the 10th anniversary of the 2008 World Series Champion Phillies (8/5).
New Social Spaces and Food Areas: Several new social spaces featuring drink rails, high-top tables and chairs, and television screens have also been added. These gathering areas lend itself to the award-winning food experience at Citizens Bank Park, making it even easier to walk around and enjoy the many tasty offerings available. There's also newly-themed food areas such as the Backyard Bar, offering a variety of local brews near The Yard, and Boardwalk Eats, featuring boardwalk-style concessions in left field. Nearby is the redesigned and relocated Bull's BBQ, as well as a new patio space that's perfect to recharge phones. The Bill Giles Party Suites have also been completely redesigned and modernized, with one suite even featuring glass walls and a scenic view of the skyline.