Phillies: Construction changes view of skyline from ballpark
By Matt Rappa
Whenever Phillies fans return to Citizens Bank Park, they will notice this change
One of the greatest things Philadelphia Phillies fans have enjoyed about Citizens Bank Park, since its 2004 opening, is the contrast of sights, sounds, and overall atmosphere compared to Veterans Stadium.
And, no matter the seat inside the ballpark, there is a good angle to see the action on the field, and, for most, also a view of the Philadelphia Center City skyline.
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Due to the demolition of the nearby Holiday Inn and subsequent construction of Live! Hotel & Casino Philadelphia, however, the view that fans grew to appreciate and marvel when looking beyond Ashburn Alley in center field has significantly changed.
The Phillies’ livestream of The Disco Biscuits’ concert on Tuesday provided a rare view from inside the stadium, one most have not seen since the 2019 season finale last September. And, early on in the concert, a shot from the perspective of a fan sitting high up behind home plate was shown.
The new hotel and casino’s parking garage is visible from the right field stands, past the “Home Run Liberty Bell,” and all the way to behind the center field batter’s eye.
Fans’ reaction to seeing this change to the view of the skyline has been largely negative.
The Phillies likely had little to no say on this construction, but, regardless, it is unfortunate one of the best aspects of the ballpark has been affected in this way.
The new hotel and casino is described as a “world-class gaming, hotel, dining and entertainment destination” that is located in the “heart of the South Philadelphia Stadium District.” The project is expected to generate more than $2 billion in economic stimulus to Philadelphia, along with $100 million in tax revenues in its first five years of operation.
What are your thoughts on this change to the view of the skyline from inside the ballpark?