Save the Date: BBQ at the Ballpark

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On August 23rd, the 7th Annual BBQ at the Ballpark happens at the Jetro lot next to Citizens Bank Park. From 2 to 7 p.m., there will be barbecue, beer, and games. Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse will be serving the food while Conshohocken Brewing, Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Philadelphia Brewing, Sly Fox Brewing, and Weyerbacher Brewing will be pouring the beer. Plus for the kid inside all of us, or the actual kid you bring, J-Dogs Amusements will be bringing the games.

This year, all proceeds will go to the Marianne E. Mebert Memorial Fund. The charity is close to the hearts of Rolling Barrel, as one of the co-founders recently lost their mother, Marianne Mebert, to Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Tickets will be $48.50 per person, $28.50 for designated drives, or $22.50 for kids under 12. To purchase tickets, click here.

BBQ at the Ballpark [Official]

Phillies Introduce Phone Charging Station at Citizens Bank Park

Photo courtesy of the Phillies.

Photo courtesy of the Phillies.

Monday night, the Phillies will honor Jimmy Rollins for setting the team record for hits. They’ll also be introducing a new feature to Citizens Bank Park: A phone charging station. No longer will you have to turn off your phone or put it in airplane mode in order to save your battery while at the ballpark. The Phillies will also be providing cords.

The charging station sits on the rooftop outside the TV booth in center field. (If you’re facing the skyline while on the rooftop, it will be on the left side.) What’s nice about the Phillies’ charging station is you’ll still be able to watch the game while your phone charges. And the rooftop is the perfect place for people-watching at CBP as well (if you’re into checking out thousands of people in t-shirts).

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Sly Fox Debuts New IPA at Citizens Bank Park

sly-fox-360-citizens-bank-parkTonight, when the Phillies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park, there will be a new beer available at the ballpark. Sly Fox 360 is the beer and it will be available in 16-ounce wide-open lid cans. The can itself will be a matte gray with muted graphics for a stark and unusual look. but this isn’t some all-about-the-design of the can beer. Sly Fox 360 has been in the works for more than a year, making its debut at last year’s Craft Brewer’s Conference in Washington D.C. The 6.2% ABV beer is described as “a combination of Bravo, Cascade, Centennial and an experimental hop variety.”

Look for the beer at Citizen Bank Park’s craft beer stands this weekend, including Ashburn Alley’s Alley Brewing Co. The beer also won’t be exclusive to the ballpark, look for it showing up at area retailers in the coming weeks.

Sly Fox Beer [Official]

This Year at Phillies Games at Citizens Bank Park: More Macrobrews

You couldn't do this pose at the Phillies' exhibition game late last month.

You couldn’t do this pose at the Phillies’ exhibition game late last month.

Did you enjoy an Anchor Steam at the ballpark last year? Or how about a nice 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon? Well, you might be out of luck this season: According to the first draft of Lee Porter’s 2014 Citizens Bank Park Brew Locator, they weren’t available at the ballpark during the exhibition game played last month.

In their place: More beers owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest brewer in the world. I hope you like Goose Island’s beers, because they’re literally all over the freaking ballpark now.

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Citizens Bank Park: A Decade in the Stadium We Didn’t Want

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Out at home? CBP attendance dropped last season. Photograph: Aero-Imaging, Inc./Newscom

The first 10 years of Citizens Bank Park, I think we can all agree, have been pretty great. Five division titles. Eight winning seasons. One magical night in October 2008. Many fans will claim 11th and Pattison as hallowed ground long after global warming turns it into a beach.

But do you remember when the decision to build in South Philly seemed like not just a defeat — but a complete failure of civic imagination? In the early days of the debate on replacing Veterans Stadium, folks were hot for a Camden Yards-style retro park smack-dab in the middle of downtown. Fans whimsically debated putting a new park at the old Schmidt’s brewery, near 30th Street Station, even on the waterfront. Politicians talked more realistically about two locations: North Broad at Spring Garden, and in Chinatown at 12th and Vine.

But each proposed site was eventually sunk by some combination of community or political NIMBYism and logistical or infrastructural clusterfuckery. So the new stadium arose in the shadow of the old one, in the expanse of parking lots and nothingness we call, as if it were an affliction, the “sports complex.”

When the Phils were the best team in town, it didn’t much matter where their stadium was. But last year, attendance dropped by half a million fans. And we may face another dismal August in South Philly. It’s worth asking: Did we blow it?

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Billy Joel to Play Citizens Bank Park on August 2

Billy Joel

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Live Nation announced today that, while the Phillies are in D.C. playing the Nationals, Billy Joel will perform at Citizens Bank Park on August 2.

Yes, that’s right: After signing a bunch of veterans this offseason, even the musicians the Phillies are signing to play at their stadium are old. (Compare this with the up-and-coming Eagles, who have One Direction playing Lincoln Financial Field this summer.)

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Federal Donuts, Local Beer and More from Citizens Bank Park

Federal Donuts Fried Chicken has arrived at Citizens Bank Park.

Federal Donuts Fried Chicken has arrived at Citizens Bank Park.

Friday I went to Citizens Bank Park to see first-hand how the new Federal Donuts stand would fare as well as to check out the new Alley Brewing Co. on Ashburn Alley.

Being that they are Federal Donuts, the stand did indeed sell out. The fried chicken lasted just as long as Kyle Kendrick, both bowing out after 5 and 2/3rd innings or just short of two hours after first pitch. The whole Federal Donuts brain trust was on hand to oversee the operation. Thomas Henneman told us that the first two on-deck series games were vital in working out the kinks. But some hiccups remained, there were problems with the doughnut batter, the Citizens Bank Park doughnuts were much puffier than those found at the other locations. Henneman wasn’t entirely pleased with the fried chicken either. But as Bob Logue pointed out. Friday was leaps and bounds above where they were a week before and would continue to improve (and of course have enough chicken to last an entire game).

The Citizens Bank Park location of Federal Donuts offers two varieties of fried chicken; chili-garlic glazed and naked. The two-piece chicken box with honey dipped doughnut is $9.75. A two pack of brown sugar and cinnamon dusted doughnuts are $3.75.

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