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.
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.Watch video
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
Chickie’s & Pete’sThis South Philly sports bar is a hot spot for the rowdy and wild Phillies fans looking to party before the game. Although it is somewhat of a trek by foot to the stadium from here, if you order a beer you can take the Chickie’s & Pete’s Taxi Crab, a free shuttle service offered by the bar.
Parking Lots M and NThese parking lots offer some of the best tailgagting and cost $15 to park in. For a more classic tailgating experience, these lots are for you. It seems that the further you get from the stadium, the crazier the tailgates get. Tailgating in these lots has become a big part of the culture around the Philadelphia Phillies making them a great spot to set up a tailgate.
Parking Lots A-H and J-LIf you’re looking for a more family friendly tailgating experience, then set up shop in these lots.