Saturday, February 6, 2016

Going around the horn on tix, trains, parking

They are playing tonight. If you are concerned your ticket is unscannable, get down there early. SEPTA is running Sports Express trains and adding more cars. Discount parking at selected downtown lots will start at 5:30.

Going around the horn on tix, trains, parking


Game 5, well -- the rest of it anyway -- is a go for tonight. The first pitch is expected to be made at 8:37.

The Phillies say that gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Fans will need their tickets from Monday to get back into Citizens Bank Park. If you have a ticket that you think might be unscannable – maybe crinkled or partially torn or just plain mangled from the dampness – the Phillies recommend that you get down there to give them time to take care of the problem.
Fans who drive to the complex also should plan on arriving earlier than usual.  Parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, the Phillies say.  Fans with parking passes or receipts from Monday (Oct. 27) will be permitted to gain re-entry into any of the sports complex lots.  They will not be required to park in the same lot.  Those without passes or receipts from Monday, Oct. 27, will be required to pay for parking. 

Remember there’s also a Sixers game going on at the complex. That will start at 6 p.m.

SEPTA has said that Sports Express service on the Broad Street Line will be implemented from 6:25 p.m. to 7:35 p.m. between Fern Rock Transportation Center and Pattison Station. Trains will run every 10 minutes and stop at Olney, Erie, Girard, Spring Garden, Race-Vine, City Hall, Walnut-Locust and then Pattison Avenue. Express trains also will provide service after the game is over.

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Market-Frankford Line service will have extra trains running between 69th Street Terminal and Frankford Transportation Center, SEPTA says, and regional rail trains will also add cars to all regularly scheduled trains. Suburban Station Regional Rail ticket offices will remain open until 12:30 a.m. on all game days.

In addition, eight downtown lots and garages are charging just $5 for parking. That discount will be available any time after 5:30 today. Round-trip subway token packs will be available for $2.90 from the attendant.

Use the Broad Street Line’s City Hall Station if you park at the following:
JFK Plaza Garage at 15th and Arch streets
AutoPark at City Center at 15th and Arch streets

Use the Broad Street Line Race-Vine Station if you part at the following:
Gateway Garage at 15th and Vine streets
Broad and Race streets Garage
Broad and Wood streets lot
Broad and Callowhill streets lot

Use the Broad Street Line Walnut-Locust Station if you park at the following:
AutoPark at the Gallery Mall at 10th and Filbert streets
AutoPark at Jefferson at 10th and Ludlow streets

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Paul Vigna still has the seat he wrestled out of the concrete at Connie Mack Stadium parked in the finished basement, a 1980 Phillies championship mirror hanging above it. Now, why he’s kept an autograph of former Flyer Bruce Gamble on a sheet of Hockey Hall of Fame paper is another story. A native of Philly who grew up in Lansdale, he’s an assistant sports editor at the Daily News in charge of special projects who has written two columns related to sports and consumers: View From the Seats and Savvy Consumer.

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