There is a lot of excitement about the Phillies this season. Roster turnover and playoff expectations will return the ballpark into being the hot spot that drew massive crowds from 2007 to 2012. More than just a field of dreams, the ballpark has great food, beer, and entertainment to fill up the summer. Here are 10 things to look forward to at Citizens Bank Park in 2019:
Let’s start with the obvious. The reason for Philadelphia’s renewed enthusiasm for baseball this season is Bryce Harper. The 13-year, $330 million contract that Harper signed was not just for his potent bat. The face of Major League Baseball gives Phillies fans a reason to go to the ballpark again. Harper’s star power will turn the lower right field stands into one of the most popular seats at Citizens Bank Park.
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In addition to Harper, the Phillies had an historic offseason this year. General Manager Matt Klentatk added all-stars Andrew McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto, David Robertson, and Jean Segura. It is the club’s most star-laden roster in four years.
Familiar faces will be returning to Citizens Bank Park for retirement ceremonies in 2019. Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Ryan Howard will all be honored in pregame ceremonies.
Additionally, Bobby Abreu will be inducted into the Phillies wall of fame. Props to the WIP caller who suggested that the plaque be located four feet in front of the right field wall.
Fun Phillies Giveaways
Everyone likes free stuff. The team has a reputation for quality promotional items that entice a trip to the ballpark. Here are the best giveaways that the Phillies are offering in 2019:
Andrew McCutchen Retro T-shirt (April 25 vs. Marlins) – The powder blue uniforms are a popular throwback. Instead of shelling out $20-25 for a retro McCutchen shirt, you can snag one when the Miami Marlins visit.
Replica 2008 World Championship Ring (May 4 vs. Nationals) – Paired with Jimmy Rollins Retirement Night, the shiny replica World Series rings match the honoree who flashed leather as well as shortstop in Phillies history.
Utley Bobblehead Figurine (June 21 vs. Marlins) – Bobbleheads are a little played out as a collector’s item, but this one will occupy a special spot on any fan’s shelf. Offered on Chase Utley Retirement Night, the giveaway will feature #26 in the same gear that he wore during his “World (bleeping) Champions” speech in 2008. The bobblehead does not come with its own audio.
Bryce Harper Replica Jersey (July 28 vs. Braves) – Bryce Harper smashed records for jersey sales after he signed with the Phillies. If you have young children, you don’t have to purchase that must-have item quite yet. This incredible giveaway represents a bargain for fans under the age of 14.
Speaking of giveaways, fans sitting in the Citizen’s Bank Park outfield may take home a lot of free baseballs this year. The Phillies finished sixth in the NL in home runs in 2018. With their new additions, they are a lock to best last year’s 186 long ball total. This lineup is more than capable of breaking the Phillies franchise record for most home runs in a season (216 in 2006).
Pass And Stow Beer Garden
A new fun thing to do at Citizens Bank Park this year is the Pass And Stow Beer Garden. Located on the third base side of the ballpark, the new spot will offer beer and brick oven pizza. If you have ever wondered what happened to the Veterans Stadium Liberty Bell, you can pass by the fixture as you walk outside the 250-seat open-air area.
Nothing puts butts in seats like an ace on the hill. The Phillies have that star in Aaron Nola. The Louisiana hurler took a huge step forward in 2017, finishing with a 17-6 record and a 2.37 ERA. He received a third place NL Cy Young finish and his own fan club. The French Quarter is not in place for the 2019 season, but that won’t stop Phillies fans from coming out to see the pitcher.
Juicy Calories And New Places To Eat At Citizens Bank In 2019
Citizens Bank Park may not be The Capital Grille, but it has some of the most fun places to eat in Philadelphia.
In addition to fixtures like Tony Luke’s and Federal Donuts, the Phillies added Shake Shack to the yard. It is a good bet that nothing served by the burger joint touches the calories of another CBP food item: the donut burger.
The Aramark burger will be saturated by two glazed donuts, cheese, bacon, and pepper jam. Other healthier-by-default foods include vegan lettuce wraps and plant-based cheesesteaks courtesy of Questlove.
Concerts At Citizens Bank Park
The Phillies offer two postgame concerts at Citizens Bank Park in 2019. Brett Eldridge goes onstage after the Phillies play the Marlins on June 22. On June 8, the Avett Brothers return to the ballpark.
The Who and Billy Joel are also playing full gigs at the ballpark this season.
Best Phillies Homes Games To Buy Tickets For In 2019
In addition to a potentially stacked NL East, there are a few visiting teams that may draw sell out crowds. Here are some key home series in 2019:
Los Angeles Dodgers (July 15 – 18) – In previous seasons, the return of Chase Utley brought in large crowds. This year’s series could be a playoff preview. The reigning NL champions have a four-game swing in Philly this year.
Chicago Cubs (August 13 – 15) – This could be the last visit to Philadelphia as Cubs manager for Hazleton, PA native Joe Maddon. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo come to Philly in the dog days of summer.
San Diego Padres (August 16 – 18) – The epilogue to the Phillies offseason happens late inn the summer. After months of pursuing Manny Machado, the dynamic third basemen signed with the Padres. San Diego makes their only visit to Philadelphia in August.
Boston Red Sox (September 14, 15) – In the oddest scheduling choice of the season, the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox come into town for a two-game set during the thick of the playoff race. The weekend series will forgo a Friday game in favor of contests on Saturday and Sunday.