CITIZENS BANK PARK

One Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148

Broke ground June 28, 2002
Opened April 3, 2004

Owner Philadelphia Phillies
Operator Philadelphia Phillies
Comcast-Spectacor Global Spectrum Division

Surface Kentucky Blue Grass
Scoreboard Left Field LED display Video Board, 39 feet 5 inches (12.01 m) x 69 feet 7 inches (21.21 m), 2,759 square feet (260 m2)
Daktronics left field scoreboard message board, baseline message boards, LED displays and out-of-town scoreboards

Construction cost $458 million

Capacity 43,647 (2007–present)
43,308 (2006)
43,500 (2004–05)

Field dimensions Left field foul pole
329 feet (100 m)[2]
Left field power alley
374 feet (114 m)[2]
The "Angle" (left of CF to LCF)
409 feet (125 m) - 381 feet (116 m) - 387 feet (118 m)[2]
Center field, straightaway
401 feet (122 m)[2]
Right field power alley
369 feet (112 m)[2]
Right field foul pole
330 feet (101 m)[2]
Tenants
Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) (2004–present)

2008 World Champion

Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame

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.

Harry The K's Bar and Grille — Named for late Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, the bi-level bar and grill is built into the base of the scoreboard, and serves finger foods and sandwiches, including "The Schmitter".

 

 

The Phillies originally wanted a downtown ballpark similar to Baltimore, Denver, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit and San Francisco. Various locations were proposed, initially at Broad and Spring Garden streets, Spring Garden and Delaware Avenue and next to 30th Street Station, where the main post office is located. The team and the city announced that the site would be at 13th and Vine streets, just north of Interstate 676, within walking distance of the Center City downtown district. There was considerable support for a downtown ball park from business and labor and the city at large, but residents of the city's Chinatown section protested. The City and team eventually settled on building at the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, on the site of an old food warehouse much like Lincoln Financial Field. In the years that followed, residents, fans and owner Bill Giles expressed regret that the new ball park was not located in Center City. Regardless of location, the team set records in 2009 for attendance (3,600,649 fans) and sellouts (73, including 42 straight at the end of the season).

Randy Wolf of the Phillies threw the first pitch at 1:32 pm EDT on April 12, 2004 to D'Angelo Jimenez of the Reds, who got the park's first hit, a lead-off double. Bobby Abreu of the Phillies hit the first home run, which also served as the franchise's first hit in the club's new home. Reds pitcher Paul Wilson earned the first win in that game and Danny Graves earned the park's first save.


On June 14, 2004, former Phillies first baseman Jim Thome hit his 400th career home run to the left-center field seats at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies lost their 10,000th regular-season game in their history on July 15, 2007 to the St. Louis Cardinals, 10–2, marking the first time a professional sports franchise reached that plateau

The park hosted its first World Series game on October 25, 2008, with the Phillies defeating the Tampa Bay Rays, 5–4 in Game 3. Before the game, country music singer Tim McGraw, the son of the late Phillies closer Tug McGraw (who had recorded the last out in the Phillies' World Series victory in 1980), took a handful of his dad's ashes and spread them on the pitcher's mound just before handing the ball used in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in the game to Steve Carlton. The elder McGraw died from a brain tumor in 2004.] Four days later, the Phillies completed a suspended Game Five, defeating the Rays, 4–3, and claiming the franchise's second World Series championship in front of a park record crowd of 45,940.