Stadium 6: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia

We had never been to Philadelphia, a city rich in history and pop culture. From Rocky to the Fresh Prince to It’s Always Sunny, Philadelphia has always been a city on our bucket list.

We were not disappointed with the city and tried to cram as much as we could into our few days in the City of Brotherly Love.

We arrived on Thursday and used Saturday and Sunday to tour the sites. In between was a trip to Citizens Bank Park on a chilly Friday night.

ACCESSIBILITY:

Patti says  (4 RVs)

There is a plethora of parking available in lots right by the stadium for the modest price of $18. Citizens Bank Park is in an area with Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field, and the entertainment venue Xfinity Live. I don’t know if the Flyers, Eagles, and Phillies ever play at the same time. I imagine that would make parking much more difficult, but on this day traffic seemed easy to navigate.

It is also inexpensive to take public transportation. SEPTA’s Broad Street Line drops you steps from Citizens Bank Park. All Regional Rail Lines, the Market-Frankford Line, PATCO and many trolley and bus routes provide convenient connections with the Broad Street Line. Free weekend parking is available at most Regional Rail lots.

Ron says

We Ubered from our RV site and found that driving up to the stadium is relatively easy. We arrived at the stadium about an hour before first pitch and the only delays we encountered were red lights.

Our round-trip Uber cost from four miles away was only $12, so I would recommend using Uber. But as Patti noted, public transportation is also a good option.

ATMOSPHERE:

Patti says

View from Harry K’s

We arrived early and were treated to some entertainment for the Asian Pacific Celebration. We watched first pitch from Harry the K’s Broadcast Bar & Grille and also had a great view from our seats along the first base line. I really enjoyed walking around this stadium and soaking in the fans’ enthusiasm. One of my favorite parts was the celebration of the Phillies’ win with the “ringing” of the neon Liberty Bell.

Ron says

From the outfield Harry the K’s restaurant, which does not require special admission to enter, to the plethora of eateries and passionate fans, Citizens Bank Park is fantastic.

Philadelphia fans have a longstanding reputation of being enthusiastic and we did not experience anything different. They were engaged, yet respectful — unlike the reputation Philadelphia fans have acquired over the years.

Outside of the chilly temperature for an April 20 game, Citizens Bank Park was fantastic.

The kids’ Phun Zone — spelled that way to remain consistent with the Phillie Phanatic (the best mascot in all of sports) — had a really cool area called The Yard, where kids could play wiffle ball while viewing themselves on a Jumbotron scoreboard.

FOOD:

Patti and Ron both say

Citizens Bank Park offers an excellent variety of food, including several of the local favorites. There are multiple cheesesteak choices and Chickie & Pete’s has a location at the ballpark. We didn’t sample Chickie & Pete’s, because we were going to the original North Philly location the next day, but we did try “The Heater” cheesesteak from Campo’s. “The Heater” has the steak and cheese you’d get from other locations, but adds buffalo sauce and jalapenos — which were perfect for a cold night game.

The ballpark also has a good variety of beverages, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic.

VALUE: 

Patti and Ron both say: 

Ticket prices are reasonable and, as mentioned above, parking is also set at an inexpensive price.

The concession prices will also not wreck your wallet.

MISCELLANEOUS / EXTRAS: 

The incomparable Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas

The fact that you can walk right into Harry the K’s Broadcast Bar & Grille and get a table, while still seeing the game from left field, is fantastic. Several stadiums have in-house stadiums, but not all will allow you to watch the game while dining.

The Yard kids’ zone is also another perk of Citizens Bank Park and has its own concession stand with ice cream and cotton candy.

THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA: 

Ron and Patti at the Rocky statue

There is so much to do and see in Philadelphia and we suggest getting the Philadelphia Pass, so you can see as much as possible. The Philly pass includes multiple museums and transportation on the hop-on/hop-off Big Bus. We used that to see the Eastern State Penitentiary, the Art Museum — and Rocky statue, of course — Independence Hall, Seaport Museum, and the Franklin Institute.

On a gorgeous day, we also enjoyed lunch at Cosmic Cafe on Boathouse Row, where collegiate rowing teams were practicing. Philadelphia offers so much to see and is rich in history and we simply scratched the surface on things to do and see in Philly.

The best cheesesteaks we had

As for the cheesesteaks, we went to both Geno’s and Pat’s on the same day, and then went to Jim’s the next day. Adding Campo’s at the stadium to the list, we sampled cheesesteaks from four locations and determined that Jim’s was the best of those four. We wanted to get to Ishkabibble’s and John’s Roast Park, but those will have to be for another day.

We both had an impression of Philadelphia as a city where we could live and nothing about our visit changed that opinion.

Home Run On Wheels, Home Run On Wheels

Follow Ron and Patti as they travel in their RV to all 30 MLB stadiums in 2018. Along the way, they will write stadium reviews, talk about food, baseball and life in an RV, and how you can help a child in need.
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