PHILADELPHIA, PA--This weekend, the Phillies host the Atlanta Braves (April 21-23) followed by the Miami Marlins (April 25-27). Below are the top 5 things to know; plus, prepare for your visit to Citizens Bank Park by checking out What's New at the Ballpark in food, fashion, and fandom.
- Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Jackie Robinson on Friday, April 21.
On Friday, April 21, make sure to be in your seats by 6:30 p.m. for this special pre-game tribute at the Phillies-Braves game. Highlights include:
- Members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen will serve as the honor guard.
- MLB Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar, Maria Britt, a freshman at Bryn Mawr College, will be recognized on-field.
- A joint choir from five local churches will perform Jackie Robinson's favorite song, "Oh Happy Day," and the National Anthem.
Before and during the game, Jackie Robinson storyteller Ron Whittington will roam the Main Concourse giving fans facts about Jackie's life, a life-like wooden Jackie Robinson Statue by sculptor Brian Birrer will be in Ashburn Alley and a Cheyney University art project created by the university's freshman class in celebration of Cheyney's 180th Anniversary will be on display on the Main Concourse.
Plus, the first 1,000 fans that purchase tickets through this theme night promotion will receive a coupon for an exclusive Jackie Robinson Salute t-shirt.
- First XFINITY Live! Monthly Phillies Gameday Party on Saturday, April 22. Plus, stop by the Majestic Clubhouse Store to sign the Phanatic's birthday card.
Fans are invited to head across the street to XFINITY Live! before and after Saturday's 7:05 p.m. Phillies-Braves game for the first Official Phillies Gameday Party of the season. Post-game specials include $3 select drafts and 50% off appetizers for one hour following the game. Fans should also be on the lookout for fun surprises including Phillies Alumni, tickets and giveaways.
Plus, after EVERY game, the fun continues with XFINITY Live! Post-Game Specials, available one hour immediately following the game.
Also on Saturday, April 22, stop by the Majestic Clubhouse Store to sign the Phanatic's giant birthday card starting at 5 p.m. and help celebrate the Phillie Phanatic's birthday on Sunday, April 23.
- Citizens Bank Phillie Phanatic Birthday on Sunday, April 23…and all kids get a Phanatic Cap! Plus, Phillies Charities, Inc. Auction on the Ballpark app.
On Sunday, April 23, be in your seats by 1 p.m. for a big birthday bash for the best mascot in the major leagues before the 1:35 p.m. Phillies-Braves game! The Montgomery County Sports Performance Center will lead-off the celebration with gymnastics routines on-field. Fans will then be treated to an exciting cirque-style acrobatic performance by Flippenout on a double trampoline with a transparent wall. The Phanatic will be presented with a giant fan-signed Citizens Bank birthday card and surprised with a special birthday cake from ShopRite. In honor of the Phanatic, all kids 14 & under will receive a Citizens Bank Phanatic Cap.
Many special guests will be in attendance including the Galapagos Gang, Swoop from the Eagles, Franklin from the Sixers, Drexel's Mario the Magnificent, Penn Quaker, Cabrini Cavalier, LaSalle Explorer, Screwball from the Reading Fightins', Buster from the Lakewood BlueClaws, Boomer from the Williamsport Crosscutters and more.
Also on Sunday, April 23, fans everywhere can bid on game-used and autographed memorabilia through the Phillies Charities, Inc. Auction starting at 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. All bidding on Phillies Charities, Inc. Auctions will be through the Ballpark app only. Be sure to visit the First Base Plaza where the auction items will be displayed from gates open to 3 p.m.
- The fun continues with the Marlins series: @Phillies Texting Gloves giveaway on Tuesday, April 25, U.S. Airman honored with Nemours Hometown Hero Base Change & Hatfield Dollar Dog Night on Wednesday, April 26.
On Tuesday, April 25, all fans 15 & over will receive a pair of @Phillies Texting Gloves at the 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Marlins.
During Wednesday's 7:05 p.m. Phillies-Marlins game, Senior Airman John DePinto of the U.S. Air National Guard will be honored as the Rothman Hometown Hero and will change a base during the third inning.
Also on Wednesday, April 26, all fans can purchase a hot dog for $1.00 at any concession stand.
- First Citizens Bank Businessperson's Special & #TBT Emoji Theme Night Ticket Offer of the season on Thursday, April 27.
On Thursday, April 27, fans are invited to head out of the office and enjoy an afternoon of baseball at the Citizens Bank Businessperson's Special 1:05 p.m. Phillies game against the Marlins. It's a great way to kick back with coworkers or entertain a client.
Gate Openings: Ashburn Alley opens two hours prior to game time; all gates open one and a half hours prior to game time.
Fandom: Check-in using Ballpark, Citizens Bank Park's official mobile app, to receive special offers for retail, concessions and more. Also, follow the action via @Phillies on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. Plus, the Phillies are offering a Student Steal - a $15 ticket, plus the first "jawn" of food or drink (up to $12). It's a special offer for all high school, college and graduate students during the month of April. Fans can visit Phillies.com/StudentSteal to order.
Broadcast: For the most up-to-date TV broadcast schedule, please go to Phillies.com. MLB.TV and SportsRadio 94WIP will host all games during the season. CSN Philly will stream the games, as well as the pre- and post-game shows, on www.csnphilly.com and on the NBC Sports app.
Traffic: Fans should be aware of dual events taking place at the sports complexes on Saturday, April 22. Log on to www.511pa.com, www.511nj.org or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions. Transit services are also available; for a SEPTA schedule please visit www.septa.org.