Atmosphere

Citizens Bank Ballpark is surrounded on all sides by parking lots creating a tailgating Mecca.  Most fans come out hours before the game to grill, talk about some of the GM’s recent moves, and make sure they can get a spot in line early for batting practice to snag a few balls before first pitch.  

The fans usually come out to have a good time and beat the high prices of the liquor in the stadium so feel free to bring a couple of bottles of whiskey or vodka with; if you share it, you’ll make new friends pretty quickly.  It’s very safe to say Phillies fans are some of the most amped up fans in baseball; if you’ve ever watched a game on TV, then you can hear the overpowering Phillies fans.

The tailgaters usually set up grills and throw on the dogs and burgers, but a decent amount of them will stop and grab cheesesteaks and hoagies on the way in so try and bring something to drink that tailgaters will want to trade for. Many tailgaters will take kindly to a challenge in a game of cornhole, beer pong, or a good old fashioned chugging contest. Phillies fans aren’t only there for baseball; the party and game day celebration is just as important.

Traditions

Citizens Bank Park Statues

Outside Citizens Bank Park are several statues honoring the greatest players and managers in Philadelphia baseball history including Connie Mack, Mike Schmidt, and Steve Carlton among others. Stop by and check them all out before entering the park for an exciting game of Phillies baseball.

South Philadelphia Sports Complex

One of the unique things about attending a Phillies game is that both Lincoln Financial Field and Wells Fargo Arena are located right next door. The fact the stadiums are so close to each other in Philly means you may even be able to sneak in a Eagles game during the day and a Phillies or Flyers game at night.

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Xfinity Live!

Located inside the South Philly Sports Complex, this giant entertainment venue offers a great place to hang out before the game. You’ll find a variety of bars and restaurants in this complex, so stop by to grab a drink or bite to eat.

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Philly Cheese Steak

If you’re going to visit the Citizens Bank Park and see the Philadelphia Phillies, then it is a necessity to eat a Philly cheese steak sandwich. It might sound cliche, but there is a reason this sandwich is named after the city of Philadelphia. Some tailgaters will cook up their own in parking lots, but there is always Tony Luke’s (a local food chain) inside the stadium. At the same stand, another sandwich of note is the roast pork sandwich that many fans recommend over the cheese steak. Regardless of which sandwich you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Where to tailgate

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