The ballpark is a significant component of any major league baseball franchise. It is a landmark-a celebration of the team, the game of baseball, and the hometown city. A stadium can provide a lifetime of memories for any avid baseball fan, particularly in Philadelphia where the Phillies have played since 1883. The Philadelphia Phillies have called 5 ballparks their home-Recreation Park (1883-1886), National League Park/Baker Bowl (1887-1938), Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium (1938-1970), Veterans Stadium (1971-2003), and currently Citizens Bank Park, which officially opened on April 12, 2004.
It took more than a decade of planning for a new baseball stadium from the site location, financing, and community support. Finally, the new ballpark became a reality under the design leadership of the Philadelphia-based architectural firm EwingCole along with many consultants and hundreds of construction workers. The design of Citizens Bank Park was influenced by Philadelphia's rich tradition of architecture and baseball including such icons as the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Liberty Bell, as well as Philadelphia's previous ballparks, and other sporting facilities like The University of Pennsylvania's historic Franklin Field and The Palestra. The new ballpark melds time-honored traditions with contemporary technology and lifestyles. It has been widely praised for its open design that offers a continuous view of the field, its bowl style seating that maximizes the sightlines from each of the 43,500 seats, and its picturesque framing of the Philadelphia skyline-all design considerations to create an intimate, entertaining, and memorable baseball experience.
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