PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Baseball is back and excitement is building as the Philadelphia Phillies wrap up spring training this week in Clearwater, Fla. The Phillies, with two new sluggers Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber, open their season this Friday at Citizens Bank Park against the Oakland Athletics.
So what’s new for ballpark fans this season? Eyewitness News got a glimpse of the fun and food ahead of opening day.
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Baseball is back in Philadelphia and the hype is at an all-time high in South Philadelphia.
The countdown to opening day is in full swing at Citizens Bank Park as the team and Aramark unveiled new fan food and gear on Monday.
“A little over 72 hours, this place is going to be packed,” Phillies executive vice-president David Buck said. “Here, there, the whole stadium is already full. We are back to normal. We will have a full house. We’re going to do opening day as it should be.
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Opening day wouldn’t be complete without delicious stadium food. After being voted the best food in baseball last year by MLB Network, the Phillies had to step it up a notch by adding a ballpark favorite to the ballpark.
“Our real big announcement today is the unveiling of Manco & Manco Pizza, the first and last name of pizza,” said Aramark General Manager Kevin Tedesco. “We couldn’t be more excited.”
Pennsylvania-based KLYR rum will also be added to the drink menu along with Colbie’s Southern Kissed Chicken with a sandwich named after one of its founders, Phillies world champion Ryan Howard.
“He’s definitely going to get up there, show a face and be up there,” Howard said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to share it with the fans and to be able to have a different impact on the fans in the ballpark so they can sit back, relax and enjoy the game.”
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Not only will fans enjoy new food, but they can also sport new items like fleece headbands that will be given away on opening day, Bryce Harper MV3 t-shirts, and children’s windbreakers, to name a few. to name just a few of the opening weekend fan giveaways. .