Getting to the Game (3 out of 5)
When I went to Citizens Bank Park back in 2011, I drove from NY to Philly. The drive was less than 100 miles, and it was a straight shot on the highway. The park is in a big parking lot, so getting to the game and parking is not that bad. With the park not being in downtown Philly, I would say that getting to the game requires a car which can be difficult for some fans. Buses make their way to the game, but you effectively have one way to get in.
The Neighborhood (1.5 out of 5)
Being in a big parking lot was one of my issues with the ballpark. Some fans may enjoy not having their field in the city, but I feel like it’s a missed opportunity to explore Philly. Some small food joints sell food outside the parking lot, but the entire feeling feels empty. Check out the Citizens Bank Park Parking guide if you plan to drive.
The Stadium (4 out of 5)
With the shortcomings of the neighborhood, fans will embrace the stadium. The park has all the modern amenities that fans expect today. When the ballpark opened up, fans were starting to transition to these new views which now may be taken for granted. Having open concourses, non obstructed pole seats, and a good view of downtown Philly make the stadium nice to be at.
Food (4 of out 5)
Being in Philly, you got to get a Philly Cheesesteak. Outside of that, you should check out the dollar dogs, chicken sandwich, BBQ ribs, pork belly sandwich, and more. With the park being new, fans can expect a great selection of cuisine at the game.
The Atmosphere (4 out of 5)
When I went in 2011, the Phillies were still a great team with a loyal fan base. Fan favorites like Ryan Howard got the crowd on their feet when he launched a home run to deep right field. The atmosphere at the game will not disappoint fans making their first visit to the ballpark.
Repeat Value (3 out of 5)
This ballpark falls in the middle of the road for me. It’s a beautiful modern ballpark that comes up short too often for me to go back to. My main complaint was the location of the arena being in a giant parking lot. Like Citi Field, I’m not a fan of places that are essentially in a giant parking lot. You have to do what Miller Park did in my review by making it an event in the parking lot for me to give the review a high score.When you compare this ballpark to PNC Park, you will see the significant difference between both fields even though PNC park opened up three years earlier.