Shaded Seats at Citizens Bank Park
The Philadelphia Phillies have called Citizens Bank Park their home since 2004, replacing the old but unforgettable Veterans Stadium. The stadium is located in South Philly, adjacent to Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Eagles, and the Wells Fargo Center, the home of the Flyers. It’s a gorgeous stadium, but it can be a hot one, as average highs in Philadelphia are in the mid to upper 80’s throughout the summer. Use this guide to help you find the best Citizens Bank Park shaded seats.
Where are the shaded seats at Citizens Bank Park?
As a general rule, the seats in the shade at Citizens Bank Park are located:
- On the 3rd base side of the park
- Farther back in that section in a row that’s under cover
- The back half of the 200-level in foul territory
The Phillies start most of their home games at 7:05 p.m. However, they typically play at 1:05 p.m. on getaway days. They also often schedule Saturday home games for 4:05 p.m. Naturally, the different game times change where you want to sit if you wish to avoid the sun.
Citizens Bank Park Orientation to the Sun
Citizens Bank Park is situated with the batter facing almost due north, although there is a slight tilt to the east. With the outfield walls relatively close to the plate, Citizens Bank Park has a reputation as a hitter-friendly bandbox, similar to the ballparks in Cincinnati and Baltimore. The small playing field leaves plenty of space for seating around the field just about everywhere except for dead center. This makes it easy to find a place in the shade if you know where to look.
The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).
Seats in the Shade at Phillies 1:05 games
At the start of a 1:05 game in the middle of the summer, the sun will be almost directly behind the batter. At this time, the best seats to avoid the sun are right behind home plate, although the back sections anywhere in foul territory will get some protection because they are under cover. The exception to this is the sections in the extreme right field corner.
In addition to the corner seats, the places to avoid are in the outfield, specifically sections 241 to 245 in left field, as they have no hope of sun coverage outside of the video board. Of course, seats along the 3rd baseline can be a good option for an early afternoon game, as they will start to see more shade as the game moves along, especially if they are relatively close to home plate and further back in a particular section.
Seats in the Shade at Phillies 4:05 games
By 4:05 on a summer afternoon, the sun in Philadelphia will be sitting almost directly behind 3rd base. By this point, almost any seat on the 3rd baseline should be experiencing shade. The sun will be shining brightest in the direction of the fans in the right field stands, including those in the corner on the foul side of the foul pole. These would be places to avoid at all costs. Seats on the 1st baseline will also experience sun for most or all of the game as well.
Seats in the Shade at Phillies 7:05 games
During the summer months, the sun doesn’t set in Philadelphia until after 8:00, so there could be some concerns about the sun for a 7:05 game. By the first pitch, the sun will almost be behind the video board in left field. This should make these seats suitable for those who want to sit with the sun at their back. A majority of the 3rd baseline should also remain protected, although there could be a few streaks of sunlight that make their way into the bottom rows near the field. Alas, those sitting along the 1st baseline and in the right field corner will still be dealing with the sun until it finally sets and dusk sets in.
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