On Saturday night, Billy Joel came to Philly and sold out Citizens Bank Park — again. Mayor Kenney even declared September 9th as “Billy Joel Day” in Philadelphia, seeing as he’s the first artist to play at, and sell out, the stadium four years in a row. The weather was perfect and Joel pounded on the keys for about two and a half hours, with no opener and no breaks (save for the encore). If you are a Joel fan — I know not everyone is — you probably found the show to be memorable. Here, five takeaways: Read more »
Have you noticed that supermarkets in the area haven’t been carrying the absolutely phenomenal Phillies Graham Slam ice cream lately? (Turkey Hill dropped the official team affiliation in 2015, but it’ll always be Phillies Graham Slam to us.)
Turns out that’s because the Pennsylvania-based dairy producer has cut distribution of its consumer-friendly containers, leaving Phils fans at a loss for what sweet to turn to for comfort in defeat. Read more »
Downward-dogging Phillies fans, rejoice! Phillies Yoga Day, which went down for the first time at Citizens Bank Park last year (after being rescheduled due to bad weather), will be happening again this summer. Now, let’s just hope the weather gods play nice this time around.
Tuesday was an unusual night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. No, not because the Phillies managed to score 13 runs, although that happened, too. What was unusual about the game was the moment when umpire Bob Davidson ejected an unruly Phillies fan from the stadium. Read more »
When the Phillies return home tonight after a 10-game road trip, they’ll be playing their first home games since they swept Cleveland in a series that stretched from April into May. They’ll have rookie Tommy Joseph, who was promoted today, in the lineup for the first time. And it will be the first time this season I won’t be there.
This April, the Phillies were one of a few teams to offer a new gimmick: The Spring Pass. For just $50, you could get tickets to every April game besides Opening Day. I scored an Opening Day ticket on StubHub for $33, so that meant I paid about $6.38 a game to attend every Phillies game in April in the stands.
Here’s how the Spring Pass worked: For every game, you got a standing-room only ticket to gain access to the park. About an hour before the game, you click an option in the app to “claim” seats. Where these are depend on how crowded the game is. For some cold weeknight games in early April, I sat in the lower levels in the outfield. At the Sunday game that was the Phillie Phanatic’s birthday, I was banished to the 400 level. Mostly, I sat in the 300 level. Read more »
If you missed the Boss on The River Tour when it came to the Wells Fargo Center back in February, you have a second shot at scoring tickets.
This morning, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced a September 7th show at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, one of eight new stops. The tour, which started in January, celebrates the 35th anniversary of the 1980 album The River (think “The Ties That Bind” and “Hungry Heart”). At the Philadelphia show, the band will play a selection of River songs sprinkled with a few Springsteen classics.
So far, the tour’s shows have been running over three hours. Clips have been magical; the Boss has as much energy as ever. Read more »
Last night at the Phillies game, the team kept playing Paul McCartney songs. “Back in the USSR,” “Band on the Run”, “Day Tripper”, “Drive My Car.” And that was just in the first two innings. We had to search Twitter to make sure Paul McCartney hadn’t died and this was a tribute.
Fortunately, Sir Paul McCartney is still alive. But the playlist at the game last night was intentional: Today, the Phillies and McCartney announced he will play Citizens Bank Park on July 12th. Read more »
The Phillies are coming off a 99-loss season. They probably won’t be good this year — again. But a night at the ballpark is still a fun time, even if the Phillies are losing. And, this year, the Phillies are offering a heck of a deal for the first month of the season: Every game in April, besides Opening Day, for fifty bucks.
The Phillies’ “Spring Pass” will get you into 12 April Games — every game except Opening Day. Your seats will change from game to game, but they will be in the Terrace, Terrace Deck, Pavilion, Pavilion Deck, or Outfield sections. Read more »
In advance of heavy rain predicted ahead of Hurricane Joaquin, the Phillies game was moved to noon today. Since the Phillies have 97 losses and the game was moved just last night, attendance today was small. Very small. It was the smallest attendance in the history of Citizens Bank Park: 13,238.
Of course, that number is not real. Your own eyes can look at photographs and see that literally no one was at this game. Read more »
It was the top of the first inning. The Marlins had a man on with two outs. Mike Morse fouled off a pitch; there were now two strikes. The big screen at the Phillies game exhorted the fans: “Get loud!” There was scattered applause.
We are just seven home games into the 2015 season. Citizens Bank Park feels different. The opening day crowd of 45,549 seems so long ago already. Last night was Dollar Dog Night, yet there were few long lines for discounted dogs. (Tony Luke’s and Campo’s were still packed, however; I am convinced CBP’s cheesesteak outposts have long lines even when the stadium is closed.)