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Ashburn Alley a treat for Phillies fans
06/12/2008 2:08 PM ET
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies fans who have walked into Citizens Bank Park in recent weeks may have felt a bit nostalgic.

The Phillies are in first place in the National League East, sellout crowds have become commonplace and members of the crowd are quick to jump out of their seats to engage in the wave.

It looks like the electricity that filled the stadium when the Phillies made their NL championship run in 1993.

There are, however, some major differences from that season, the biggest one being the Phillies' new home in South Philadelphia.

Fans need only to take a stroll along Citizens Bank Park's famed outfield walkway, Ashburn Alley, to see the difference. Make sure to get there early -- the Alley opens one hour before the park's regular gates, so fans can check out batting practice and grab a bite to eat. During the first hour the Alley is open, Bull's BBQ offers free platter upgrades, $2 Turkey Hill ice-cream novelties and $1 hot dogs at the upper level of Harry the K's restaurant.

The Phillies have also scheduled nine "Dollar Dog Days" throughout the 2008 season -- all regular hot dogs will cost only $1.

Coming early to the game has its benefits, but don't worry if you arrive late. From now until August 27, select tickets are discounted by $3 three hours prior to each game.

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Ashburn Alley remains open throughout the game, so fans can enjoy all of its attractions. Phillies history buffs will appreciate the All-Star walk, where granite markers in the walkway commemorate each of the club's All-Star selections since 1993. The Phillies Wall of Fame is also located in Ashburn Alley, where each enshrined player is recognized with a bronze plaque.

Fans who watch a game from the Alley will have an up-close look at both teams' bullpens. There is even a special platform for viewing, along with instructional pitching plaques.

Perched directly above Ashburn Alley are the rooftop bleachers, another throwback addition to Citizens Bank Park. Seats in the rooftop bleachers cost between $16-$17.

The Phillies will offer one theme night each month in 2008, said Vanessa Mapson, the team's coordinator of group sales operations. Tickets under $30 for a theme night will be further discounted by $4. The next theme night is Friday, June 20, when the Phillies will hold their annual Sound of Philadelphia Celebration. The evening will kick off with a concert on Citizens Bank Way at 5 ET, lasting until 6:30, and will feature artists such as Three Degrees, Soul Survivor, Cody Wise, Donnell and the North Philly Footstompers from Project HOME.

Once fans are in their seats and ready for the first pitch, they will see many more differences unique to Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia's skyline spreads out along the outfield horizon. The stadium holds about 45,000 people, much smaller than its predecessor, so that every fan is one step closer to the action.

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