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1900 Centre Ave.
Reading, PA

Stadium Opened: 1950
Capacity: 9,000
Dimensions: LF 330 ft.  CF 400 ft.  RF 330 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass

Former Names of Ballpark: Reading Municipal Stadium, Memorial Stadium, GPU Stadium

Parking:

  • Parking is free, but a little cramped
  • There are signs in the parking lot that say “Foul Ball Landing Territory”
  • Reading Railroad goes through parking lot. (This RR line is still active)

Food:

  • Concession stands are located inside the concourse part of the ballpark underneath the seating bowl and outside in VIST Financial Plaza (added in 2011).
  • The featured concession item is "The Churger"- a hamburger and a chicken breast separated by a slice of cheese on a roll.
  • Other concession items available: Rita's Italian Ice, French fries, funnel cake fries, DiGiorno Pizza, Hot Dogs, Roasted Nuts, Onion Rings, Chicken Tenders, Nachos, Cheese Steak Sliders, etc.
  • Prices were very reasonable. In 2011, a bottle of water was only $2.75 and a VERY large portion of french fries were $3.50.

 

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • Picnic Area in the outfield with TVs on the tables
  • No luxury Boxes
  • Pool in right field area
  • Bleacher Seats (with backs) and box seats

  • Seats are blue, red, and yellow. The variety of colors took away from the attractiveness of the park.
  • VIST Financial Plaza- added in 2011, is four times larger than the previous food court. It is covered with protective netting so fans can enjoy their concessions at a table or wait in line without fear of getting plunked on the head with a foul ball. The plaza also features a small performance stage for pre-game music.

Atmosphere/Character:

  • Good Sound Effects and PA system
  • Free Programs
  • National Penn Bank Train Sign beyond the outfield wall - when the Phillies score a run, the train smokes and lights up.
  • In between innings contests
  • Decorative railroad crossing signs at entrance to the stadium
  • Retired numbers in Centerfield
  • Oldest ballpark in the Eastern League
  • This stadium has a lot of character, mainly due to the unique surroundings. (A water tower is scene beyond the 3rd base side of the stadium, railroad tracks are visible as well)
  • Also, the unique features of the stadium, like the heated swimming pool in Right field.
  • Mascot: "Screwball"

 

Recognition of Team's History and/or MLB Affiliate:

  • Team's name is taken from it's MLB affiliate, the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Photographs hung on the wall throughout the concourse area.
  • Mural in VIST Financial Plaza.

 

 

Overall Rating:

Review based on visist on 5/29/06, 7/19/09, and 5/5/11.

 

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