Citizens Bank Park

There's no post-season action in New York this fall for the first time since 1994. Just 90 miles down the Jersey Turnpike, it's a different story after the Phillies won their second straight NL East title -- courtesy of a strong September while the rival Mets faltered. Citizens Bank Park is a hitters paradise -- as well as a treat for the fans.
It's a major upgrade over the concrete symmetry and artificial turf of Veterans Stadium.
20,000 seats smaller than its predecessor, Citizens Bank Park is cozy. Even the upper deck seats keep you close to the action. (Below:) Among the park's touches are statues honoring Philadelphia's past legends, among them Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame center fielder of the pennant-winning 1950 Whiz Kids and, for 35 years, a homespun, yet candid member of the club's broadcast team.
The Liberty Bell replica beyond right field rings and and swings after home runs from the home club.
And this guy's swing makes it ring more than anyone else -- baseball's home run champ for 2008, Phillies 1st baseman Ryan Howard.


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