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This is the Emptiest You’ll Ever See Citizens Bank Park

Jim Adair - September 11, 2015

Barring actually being in there when the stadium is closed and empty, you won’t see anything like this (probably) again. This is likely the least-attended Citizens Bank Park has ever been, for anything. Seriously. It’s post-apocalyptic. And to what do we owe this dystopian landscape? The Phillies being terrible, it being the first game of a double-header, and the game’s start time being before most people are out of work. Maybe they’ll all go to the later game. Maybe the won’t. But shit, even T-Mac and Murph aren’t down there T-Mac is off and Murph is in the booth.

But if you’ve got no post-work plans, seats are available.

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Phillies Set All-Time Low Attendance Record at Citizens Bank Park

Jim Adair - September 8, 2015

I like to play this little game when the Phillies are doing poorly and Citizens Bank Park is empty: find the completely empty section– no fans, no ushers, no young couples trying to find some blue-plastic-ed privacy. Even when only 25,000 or so (right around this year’s average) are down at the game, it’s rare there’s a section in the stadium that’s completely empty. Yesterday, it probably wasn’t that hard.

Last night, the Phillies announced a paid attendance of 15,125 – and the number of people who actually showed up is probably much, much lower. I wrote before about how the astonishing attendance drop over the past few seasons has begun to hurt scalpers and food/shirt sellers outside the stadium, but barely cresting 15,000 is a new low, in more ways than one. The park was only 35% full last night. You could have taken last night’s crowd, added the average Flyers home crowd, and still had enough seats left (over 9,000) to fit last night’s actual attendance again. That’s embarrassing, but it was the perfect storm of sadness. It was Labor Day. People were away on vacation or getting ready to send the kids back to school. It was hot. The Braves are also terrible. What remains to be seen is if this record can still be broken this season. They’ll have a few shots at it.

CBP’s Pistachio Girl Needs Your Votes for Best Ballpark Vendor

Jim Adair - August 5, 2015

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Over at MLB.com’s Cut4, they’re holding a fan vote to see who is the top food/drink vendor in all of Major League Baseball. Fans will vote for the best candidate today and tomorrow, and each day’s winner will face off on Friday for the crown. In today’s vote, two Citizens Bank Park vendors are in the running: Beer Pirate and Pistachio Girl. We’re sorry to throw our support behind just one of them, but Beer Pirate is already out of it.

Pistachio Girl, if you don’t know, is suffering from a bit of an injustice:

Fans at Citizens Bank Park know Emily Youcis as “Pistachio Girl” or — informally — as “PISTAAAAAAAAACHIOOOOOOS!” The legend of “Pistachio Girl” has spawned a Facebook fan page and a bevy of YouTube highlight clips.

The irony of Youcis’ nickname is that Citizens Bank Park no longer sells pistachios, so Pistachio Girl has spent the 2015 season selling Cracker Jacks and lemon water ice [wood-er ahys]. But the people have spoken … and started a Change.org petition to bring pistachios back to the ballpark and restore Youcis’ claim to fame.

Pistachio Girl can’t even sell pistachios anymore, so we gotta make sure she trumps this lemonade nobody from Arizona. You can vote over here. Continue Reading

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The Phillies are on Pace for Their Lowest Season-Long Attendance Since 2002

Jim Adair - May 5, 2015

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies, a team that just a few years ago was the pride of the city, are a total afterthought. They are currently on pace to win 60 games, but if you calculate their pythagorean win percentage (the team’s winning percentage given their runs scored and runs allowed), they are set to finish around 48-114. Understandably, that’s keeping fans away.

Through 12 home games this year, the Phils have drawn 305,434 fans. That’s an average of 25,453 per game (down 4,152 from last year and 19,988 from the CBP high in 2011). And if you remove the home opener from the equation — and the 45,549 fans who showed up — this season’s average drops to 23,626. That trend would bring the Phillies to their lowest attendance total since 2002’s 1,618,467 fans at an average of 20,231 per game average.

The Phillies are still far from the league’s bottom. The Cleveland Indians draw 15,821 per game, only filling 36.4% of their park, while the Phils at least fill 58% of CBP (54% if you remove the opener). That’s still better than nine teams. But if the year’s attendance keeps up with the current trend and drops more and more, it could fail to top 2,000,000 for the season. While it may seem likely that the Phils will have more sparsely attended games than near-sellouts with this team, attendance will pick up when it gets warmer and fans look past the team on the field and just look forward to a nice day at the ballpark. Still, even if attendance drops dramatically, it won’t be as bad as the team’s record, which could be their worst since 1981 1972 (cutting out strike shortened years).

For now, the days of a consistently-filled ballpark are long gone. Now is the era of more leg room, quicker trips to the bathroom, more audible heckles, and (slightly) shorter lines for crab fries. Two positives, however: You’ll start to see better and better deals on tickets, and you’ll be more visible in your new shirt.

Draft Beers Are Actually Very Affordable at Citizens Bank Park, Relatively Speaking

Jim Adair - April 7, 2015

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At Citizens Bank Park, a non-premium domestic draft beer will run you $7.75. That’s tied for the most expensive in baseball, but it’s actually one of the most affordable. That’s because, according to Business Insider, those CBP drafts are 21 ounces, which put their price per ounce at $0.37, 9th best in the league. The Phillies also join the Dodgers and Twins in being the only teams that sell their standard draft beers larger than 16 ounces. Though it’s worth pointing out that this data is based on numbers reported by the teams, so the Phils may have fudged that 21 ounce number a bit. Either way, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anything as offensive as the Red Sox charging $7.75 for a 12-ounce beer.

Kyle: I’d pay $7.75 for a 12-ounce beer to be a fan of a team that wasn’t an embarrassment to organized competition.

The Hot Dog Council Had a Bracket of Ballpark Dogs and the Phillies Lost in the First round

Jim Adair - April 6, 2015

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The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, a real thing, put together a bracket to find the best classic and unique hot dogs in the major leagues. The matchups were all done in Facebook polls, which are a mess, but the Phillies’ Cheesesteak Dog lost out in the first round to a goddamn corn dog from Arizona. What the hell. This season already sucks.

But at least the Council was nice enough to use CBP in their hot dog statistics for the year:

“The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) estimates that baseball fans will consume more than 18.5 million hot dogs and nearly 4.2 million sausages during the 2015 Major League season. The combined hot dog and sausage total could stretch from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia to Chase Field in Phoenix. The hot dog total alone would reach as high as 7,827 Empire State Buildings.”

Phoenix? Just gotta rub that first round loss in, don’t you, Hot Dog and Sausage Council?

Kyle: THE CHEESESTEAK DOG? WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? SOUTH PHILLY DOG ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. AND TOMORROW, TOO.

And Now, Lee Porter’s 2015 Comprehensive Citizens Bank Park Beer List

Jim Adair - April 6, 2015

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Just like last season (and the one before that) web series producer and food blogger Lee Porter has completed the noble deed of charting every beer at Citizens Bank Park and where they can be found. What’s different this year? The reign of the big can continues, and some crafts have vanished:

As last year/season proved, whether it’s craft beer or domestic, it seems like can beer is all the rage. Similar to last season, you’re going to see mega cans everywhere and anywhere in 2015, and not just the standard domestic stuff either. Anheuser-Busch’s premium brands (especially Goose Island) once again dominate this year in can form. New additions to the large can family at CBP: Dos Equis, Goose Island IPA, Sam Adams Summer Ale and Schöfferhofer Grapefruit, the refreshing, Hefeweizen-meets-grapefruit-juice brew.

There are some head-scratching omissions from the craft beer offerings, including Allagash, Brooklyn, Lagunitas and 21st Amendment. All appear to be gone, and beer vendors confirmed so much. If these return later, we’ll be sure to let you know, as we update our Locator throughout the season. Changes to CBP’s beer lineup throughout the season are quite common, although it is unusual to see so many omissions this early on.

What does this all mean for you, the loyal Phillies/beer fan? Well, at first glance, due to the addition of even more mega cans, there appears to be even less 12 ounce bottles and thus fewer local beers at Brewerytown locations. Secondly, rest assured, most ALL of the mainstay local breweries are still represented in draft form throughout the ballpark, including some new additions.

The brew locator once again comes with a smart search, allowing you to quickly figure out where your favorite beer is. For example, if you’re weird and your favorite beer is Rolling Rock, the only place you can find it is the CF Hatfield & Alley Store “Grab Some Buds” kiosk. Bookmark it. Screenshot it. Do your research before every game. Because while we joke about how bad the Phillies are going to be this year — so, so bad — you still don’t want to lap the ballpark every time you want that beer you like.

CBP Now Has Metal Detectors at Every Gate

Jim Adair - March 30, 2015

After launching the metal detector program at the Right Field Gate last season, Citizens Bank Park will feature walk-through metal detectors at every gate this season. It’s all part of the league-wide program that will put them in every park this year.

The Phillies now recommend that you “allow for extra time when entering Citizens Bank Park,” as the detectors will increase the line and entry time from last year’s average of, like, 15 seconds or something. But you get to keep your belt on:

Unlike the standard procedures of the Transportation Security Administration, fans will not be required to remove shoes or belts. Those who cannot pass through a metal detector will be checked with a hand-held device.

All cell phones, cameras, keys and other large metal items will need to be removed prior to passing through the metal detectors. Guests will place these items in a screening bowl alongside each individual machine in close proximity and in clear sight. Once through the metal detector, fans can easily and quickly gather their items and proceed inside the ballpark.

It’s gonna slow you down, but at least Jonathan Papelbon will feel safe.

Kyle: I’d assume that the net time to enter, based on attendance and security, will still decrease. Seriously. But when the Phillies are good again in 10 years, this is going to be a real problem.