09/07/2010 11:04 PM ET
Phillies to open ballpark gates for Phanatic Walk photo event on Saturday
This Saturday, Sept. 11 -- while the team is away in New York competing for a playoff spot -- fans are invited to bring their cameras and come to Citizens Bank Park for a "Phanatic Walk Photo Event," taking place on a new walkway that features the entire fleet of life-size Phillie Phanatic statues.
Admission is free. Festivities will take place from noon until 4:00 p.m. Highlights include:
Photos with all 20 of the popular Phanatic Around Town statues, which were painted by local artists and on display this summer at local city attractions
Photos with the 2008 World Series Trophy and 2009 National League Championship Trophy
Face painting and balloon artists.
Appearances by the Phillies Ballgirls.
Special appearance by the Phillie Phanatic between noon and 1:00 p.m.
Plus, special discounts at McFadden's at the Ballpark. The Majestic Clubhouse Store will also be open.
Food and beverages will also be available to purchase.
Parking is free and available at Lot S (located off Citizens Bank Way and Pattison Avenue -- adjacent to the Third Base Gate entrance). Please visit the team site for a parking map and directions.
Fans are also able to take photos with the statues during all home games at Citizens Bank Park, or while taking ballpark tours, until the end of the 2010 baseball season.
ABOUT PHANATIC AROUND TOWN
At the start of the 2010 Phillies season, the Phillies and Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) teamed up to launch the Phanatic Around Town public art project. The tourism and fan initiative features the Phillie Phanatic, one of Philadelphia's favorite icons, and ties into GPTMC's With Love, Philadelphia XOXO™ tourism marketing campaign.
This is the first time a Major League Baseball mascot has been molded into a public art project. All the statues were painted by local artists and on display this summer at local attractions.
The statues are currently being featured in an online phillies.com auction until Sept. 30, with net proceeds benefiting Phillies Charities. For more information, or to bid on a statue, please visit www.phillies.com/phanaticaroundtown or www.visitphilly.com.