While things have gotten very busy in the Baseballtown PR Office over the last couple of weeks, I thought it would be a good idea to take a minute to show fans a few new and exciting things around the ballpark.
Of course, by now everyone should already know that this offseason was an important one in Reading Phillies history. After the completion of the 2010 season, big things began happening in Baseballtown — $10 million renovations to be exact.
FirstEnergy Stadium — the same stadium which was completed in 1951, began it’s transformation in September. Each day, things began to change. Walls were knocked down, new walls were put up.
All offseason, the R-Phils gave fans stadium tours to keep them in the loop. On Thursday, April 14 — Opening Night, all fans who come out to the game will get their first official look at the finished product. While the R-Phils game is set for 7:05 p.m., VIST Financial Plaza gates will open at 4:00 p.m. to give fans their first look inside America’s Classic Ballpark.
First Sneak Peak — R-Phils Home Clubhouse (photos of home clubhouse only)
Reading Phillies players will have a new place to stay this season at FirstEnergy Stadium. Brand-new clubhouses for both the R-Phils and opponents were constructed this offseason. The R-Phils clubhouse has expanded in size by 45%, while the visiting clubhouse has expanded by 80%. Both clubhouses still lead out to the concourse, which means both the R-Phils players and the visiting players will cross the concourse and go to the field — a hallmark of the R-Phils experience.
Here is the overall square footage for the clubhouses:
New Clubhouse: 2636 square ft.
Old Clubhouse: 1816 square ft.
New Clubhouse: 1792 square ft.
Old Clubhouse: 993 square ft.
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