Phillies’ Home Opener: What’s New In the Ballpark?

The Phillies Home Opener first pitch is set for Friday, March 29th at 3:05 PM. If you’re planning on heading to the game, there’s a few new changes to check out at the Ballpark.

Not only is Opening Day celebrating the start of the Phillies’ season, it’s also celebrating a special occasion. This year marks 20 years at Citizen Bank Park.

Ashburn Alley Mural

In honor of two decades at the Ballpark and to honor the creation of futures through community, the Phillies and their partner, SEI, held a mural competition. Artist Jose Bustamante won and now has his work displayed above Ashburn Alley.

“The inspiration was building great futures, and I was trying to portray two kids that represent the future in different like the style clothing from different eras,” said Bustamante.

No More Dollar Dogs

The mural isn’t the only change happening to the park. This year, the Phillies are getting rid of their Dollar Dog Night special. 

After fans started food fights during last years games, the Phillies announced that Dollar Dog Nights would be replaced with 2-for-1 deals during two games in April: April 2nd and April 16th.

Schwarburger 2.0

Dollar Dog Night might be rolling out, but the Schwarburger is rolling right back in.

One of the many new foods being added to the menu at Citizen Bank Park is the Scwarburger 2.0 at Coca-Cola Corner. This year, they’re bringing back a Kyle Schwarber post-season special, but with a twist.

“We actually worked with his group and with Kyle himself and this is his burger, the one that he likes, the one that he routinely orders when he can… This is Kyles creation that the Chef put together for us,” said Aramark General Manager Kevin Tedesco.

Go Ahead Entry

There’s one change that you’ll see before you even step into the Ballpark. Citizen’s Bank Park is expanding their facial authorization ticketing option to speed up lines getting into the game.

Sean Walker, Phillies Vice President and Chief Technology Officer said, “We launched Go Ahead Entry… that allows fans to use their face as their tickets, so last season that was available only at our first base gate, this year were happy to announce that it will be available at all gates.”

A full list of changes is here:

20th Anniversary Celebrations

• Relive history with on-field highlights like a ceremonial first pitches by former players, and PhanaVision videos of milestone moments at the ballpark.

• The first tribute will be held on April 12, 2024, exactly 20 years after the inaugural game at Citizens Bank Park, with that game’s starting pitcher, Randy Wolf, returning for first pitch honors.

• Citizens Businessperson’s specials (May 8, May 23, June 19, July 31) and Toyota Phillies Alumni Day (August 18).

• Phillies Charities, Inc. will host a 20th Anniversary Online Auction. Bid March 25, 6:30 p.m. to April 7, 6:00 p.m. at

Opening Week Promotions to Celebrate the Return of Phillies Baseball

• A “parade of athletes” from Ashburn Alley onto the field and activities at the Third Base Plaza on Opening Day

• On March 30, fans over 15 will get a “The Fightins” T -shirt and a block party at the Budweiser Batters Eye Bar.

• On Easter Sunday, March 31, the Phillies close out the series with a 2024 Schedule Magnet presented by Valley Forge Tourism for all fans.


• Highlights include Cavity Busters Kids Opening Day, Citizens Phanatic Birthday, IBEW Local 98 Alec Bohm T-Shirt, Johnson Controls Bryson Stott Bobble Figurine, Toyota Cole Hamels Retirement Night, Xfinity Fireworks and Postgame Concert Series presented by Jim Beam, as well as Star Wars, Pickleball and Harry Potter Theme Nights.

Fan Experience

• A new high tech field level display in right field to show in-game stats, out-of-town scores, videos and more.

• A new adult-size, height-adjustable changing table in the family restroom by the West Suite and Club Entrance.

• New Clear Bag Policy: Non-clear bogs will not be allowed in the stadium unless they are smaller than 5” x 7” or are medical bags or diapers bags.

New Food

• Big Mozz mozzarella sticks are now offered at Coca-Cola Corner, Pass & Stow and 1883 Burger Co (behind Sections 108 and 207).

• Four Walls, the new Irish American Whiskey brand from Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, is now being offered at the ballpark.

• Kona Big Wave Bar (formerly the Goose Island at the Park Bar) is an outdoor bar located in the Third Base Plaza.

• Manco & Manco Pizza, the Ocean City boardwalk fan favorite, is expanding to additional locations.

• PrimoHoagies, is now offering its classic Italian and turkey and cheese hoagies at a quick and easy express location (behind Section 139).

• Ballpark Bomb Fries: These new fries offered by PJ Whelihan’s and is exclusive to Citizens Bank Park.

• Bratwurst Sandwich (Pass and Stow).

• Buffalo Chik’n Hoagie: Greens & Grains a local restaurant chain serving plant-based food has added the Citizens Bank Park Buffalo Chik’n hoagie to its lineup. (Greens & Grains, behind Section 125)

• Loaded Funnel Cake Fry Sundae (Coca-Cola Corner).

• Wing Flavor of the Month (PJ Whelihan’s).

• Gluten Free Brownie (Gluten Free Kiosk).

• On Field Ice Cream Caps: Souvenirs at Richman’s soft serve ice cream or Dippin’



• Briganti Wines, owned by former major leaguer Mike Costanzo Jr., is now served at all bar locations at the ballpark.

• Casamigos® Bar will offer a selection of cocktails and beer (behind Section 113), and at ballpark bar locations.

• Fastball Freeze: A new spiked frozen cocktail or beverage served in a new baseball-shaped Phillies souvenir cup.

• Non-alcoholic frozen slush puppies in Phillies colors, cherry and blue raspberry.

New Gear

• 20th Anniversary Ballpark Collection: A special  line up of merchandise for 20 years at the Bank.

• New Phillies Phanatic Swag including the Phanatic of the Month set featuring the Phanatic in all-new poses and costumes.

• Low-top sneakers for ladies and a slipper version of the classic, Phanatic sneaker for adults and kids.

• Pennants, decals, postcard sets, can coolers, golf accessories, drawstring bags and drinkware.

•  New player on-field New Era Batting Practice Caps – featuring the Phanatic for the first time.

• Ballpark Exclusive Phillies Phanatic bobble heads will debut this summer.

• An all-new custom collection of bobbleheads.

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