Phils viewing party being planned for Game 1

 

It will be the Phillies at Tampa on the big screen at the

Great

Plaza

at Penn’s Landing on Wednesday night, the opening game of the World Series.

 

The Phillies are expected to announce sometime Monday that they plan to duplicate the free viewing party they held last Sunday night for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Phillies and Dodgers. “We considered a couple of different locations,” Michael Harris, director of marketing and special projects, said Sunday night, the Red Sox-Rays game on in the background. “But we decided, why fix it if it isn’t broke, for lack of a better term. We had a fantastic turnout and actually received wonderful feedback from our fans, so it was really an easy and natural decision to replicate the template at Penn’s Landing.”

 

So fans are encouraged to come down as early as possible to the Great Plaza, located between Walnut and Market streets, where festivities are expected to be under way well before Game 1's first pitch is thrown at 8:35 p.m. Harris said he’s expecting capacity to cap out at around 2,000. “We probably won’t have room to accommodate everyone who wants to go down there,” Harris said.

 

Fans who arrive will find food and beverages, including beer, available for purchase. Unlike last week, they will not be allowed to bring in their own alcoholic beverages. The Phillies ballgirls will be there again, but this time the Phanatic will be unavailable. He'll have a more important duty: Torment the Rays players and support the Phils from his spot on the floor of Tropicana Field in

Tampa

.

 

The game will be broadcast on a 17’ by 27’ LED video display. Those who attend are encouraged to bring along blankets and chairs.

 

Harris said they’ve already decided not to hold a viewing party on Thursday night for Game 2. The series comes back to Philly for games Saturday, Oct. 25, through Monday, Oct. 27, then returns to

Tampa

for Game 6 on Oct. 29 and Game 7 on Oct. 30. There could be viewing parties for one or both of those games, and there’s a chance that

Citizens

Bank

Park

could serve as the host for those. With work ongoing to prepare the park for the weekend, going back to Penn’s Landing for Game 1 made a lot more sense. Plus, as Harris said, there are other reasons for sticking with the same site as the last time.

 

“Having it at Penn’s Landing allows us to integrate the fabric of the city in some fashion,” he said, “and again, the feedback was wonderful, so we decided to go there. And we’re just going to do it for Game 1. We definitely want to have something for the first game to signify and acknowledge the moment and it’s possible we’ll have another event if the series extends to Games 6 and 7. But we’ll just have to evaluate that and make a determination at a later date.”

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