The Best Way to Citizens Bank Park –
Drive And Park
Citizens Bank Park being my home ballpark, I have tried just about every method of getting there available: driving my car, driving someone else’s car, the PATCO-SEPTA combination for Jersey residents, the Chickie’s and Pete’s Taxi Crab, you name it. In the end it is still simple. Just drive your car.
The Bank is located on Pattison Avenue near Broad Street, convenient to both I-95 from north-south and I-76 (called the Schuykill or Sure-Kill by Philadelphians) from the east or west. New Jersey fans can use I-76 from the Walt Whitman Bridge.
Several exits off of both interstates are considered “Sports Complex” exits, but these do get backed up as game time nears, especially with the Phillies selling out so many games these days. You can use these but from about an hour and a half before game time till about the third inning, you may run into stopped traffic, not good.
At that time you are better off using one of the Penrose Avenue exits, which will take you to Pattison Avenue. From there you can approach the ballpark from the west rather than from the east and north like everyone else.
There is no shortage of parking at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have their own lots, and Lincoln Financial Field also has plenty of parking. There is also the Jetro Warehouse lot, which is just as close and more tailgate friendly than the rest.
All of the different lots mostly cost the same, so there is no real need to search for one that is less pricey. There is a church lot north of the park off of 10th Street, on the other side of I-76, and there is a lot on Pattison Street well east of the ballpark that are both slightly cheaper. Both these lots are a hike to the ballpark, however.
I used to recommend the NovaCare lot just off of Penrose Avenue for the easiest out, and for that it's still good, but it's a hike from the ballpark and isn't any cheaper. My favorite lot now is at a church on 10th Street, just north of Packer Avenue. It's cheaper than the Phillies lots and isn't much further, it's not too difficult to leave, and the approach to the ballpark is neat, seeing the inside of it from the street.
I also have found some free street spots, which you can learn about in the Citizens Bank Park E-Guide.
If you’d rather be closer to the ballpark, I highly recommend that you plan your route in—and out. Citizens Bank Park is surrounded by parking lots, and you'll want to be sure that you’ll have as little trouble as possible getting out. Again, remember that the Sports Complex exits get backed up heavily, so avoid using them if you can.
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