A large crane hoisted an American flag beyond centerfield at Citizens Bank Park during the last homestand. The crane is temporary, but it is there to fix what fans have long regarded an eyesore at an otherwise beautiful ballpark. Yes, the Veterans Stadium "Theme Tower" is being lowered.
You know it, the white structure that lines I-76. It was constructed with Veterans Stadium in 1971 and currently stands in a parking lot. The Phillies used the electronic board as another way to generate revenue while advertising ballpark promotions. When Veterans Stadium was razed, the tower remained.
There was one problem: It partially blocked some views of Center City from the stands at Citizens Bank Park.
The tower will remain in a different form, a team spokesperson said. It will be lowered in height — from 157 feet tall to 115 feet — and become a two-sided message board. Construction began this week.