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Shaded Seats at Citizens Bank Park

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Citizens Bank Park is located in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex adjacent to Lincoln Financial Field. The Phillies have called “The Bank” home for two decades. It’s known for its passionate crowd and fantastic view of the Philadelphia skyline. Philly summers can get hot and humid, making shaded seating an essential consideration. Fans looking to stay cool can use this guide to identify the best shaded seats at Citizens Bank Park.

Where are the shaded seats at Citizens Bank Park?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Citizens Bank Park are located:

  • Behind Home Plate: Shaded by mid-afternoon and during evening games
  • 3rd Base Line: Receives shade in the late afternoon and evening
  • 200-Level: Back rows under cover are shaded

For the 2024 season, the Phillies’ schedule includes day games (1:05 p.m. and 1:35 p.m.), late afternoon games (4:05 p.m.), and evening games (6:05 p.m. and 6:40 p.m.), with a few other miscellaneous start times mixed in as well. For specific details about shaded sections and various start times, please continue reading.

Citizens Bank Park Orientation to the Sun

Citizens Bank Park is oriented to the north. Each morning, the sun rises over the right field wall, curves around home plate at mid-day, and eventually dips behind the 3rd base side of the ballpark, setting near the left field corner. This configuration makes the 3rd base side of the park the “shade side,” though the exact sections and rows that are shaded will depend on the time of day.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

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Seats in the Shade at Phillies Early Afternoon Games

At the start of a 1:05 p.m. game, the sun is high above home plate, leaving shade in short supply. Your best chance to avoid the sun is in a seat directly behind home plate, ideally in rows farther from the field. Citizens Bank Park offers fewer seats under cover compared to other ballparks, though the last few field level rows on both the 1st and 3rd base lines are covered. If you’re seeking shade, prefer the 3rd base side as more rows will become shaded as the game progresses. Many of the seats in the 200-level of the park are also under cover. The same principle applies to the 200-level: prefer the 3rd base side and aim for a row as far back as possible.

The sunniest seats are in the outfield, specifically sections 241 to 245 in left field plus 201-205 and 301-305 in right field, as they are exposed to the elements and have little chance of shade. Most field-level seats will be in the sun during a day game, with the 1st base side of the park and the right field corner particularly sun drenched.

Seats in the Shade at Phillies Late Afternoon Games

When the first pitch is at 4:05 p.m., the sun in Philadelphia is positioned behind 3rd base. By this time, almost any seat on the 3rd baseline will be in the shade. Choose a seat on any level between home plate and the left field foul pole, and you’ll be safe from the sun’s rays. The sun will shine brightest on fans in the right field corner, including those on deep down the 1st base line and behind the right field wall. Avoid this side of the park if you’re seeking shade.

Shadows on the stands at Philadelphia Phillies Stadium

By mid-afternoon, seats on the 3rd base line and left field are shaded, while seats on the 1st base line and right field remain in the sun.
Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Phillies Evening Games

During the summer months, the sun doesn’t set in Philadelphia until after 8:00 p.m. and Phillies games start as early as 6:05 p.m. or 6:40 p.m. By the first pitch, the sun will be behind the video board in left field. Seats in left field, including the outfield, and along the 3rd base line are all safe bets for shade. Conversely, seats along the 1st baseline and in the right field corner will contend with the sun until dusk.

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