Home opener for Philadelphia Phillies will include first look at $30M renovation to Citizens Bank Park

New fan destination areas – along with the iconic Liberty Bell from Veterans Stadium – to be ready for Opening Day. (MONTCO.today file photo)

“Take me out to the ballgame,” and to the newly renovated home of the 2008 World Champions!

The Philadelphia Phillies spent $30 million to enhance the fan experience at Citizens Bank Park and has plans to making additional changes in the future, writes Natalie Kostelni for Philadelphia Business Journal.

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The renovation was launched last year and completed in time for the team’s home opener. The centerpiece of the $30 million project is an area called the Yard. It is focused on entertaining younger fans and engaging them with the game of baseball.

The Yard is located in the right field area where Bull’s BBQ had been and includes a replica of a much smaller version of the Phillies ball field. There, kids can hit Wiffle balls, visit a dugout that mirrors the Phillies, experience a Hatfield hot dog launcher – popularized by the Phanatic, and test their skills on a climbing wall.

The idea behind the addition, said John Weber, Phillies’ vice president of ticket sales and operations, is to better engage fans — particularly younger ones. If they become hooked on baseball as a child, they are more likely to be fans as they age and become adults, he said.

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