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FIRST ENERGY STADIUM

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First Energy Stadium, Reading Pa

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TEAM ::: READING PHILLIES
LOCATION ::: READING, PENNSYLVANIA
MY FIRST VISIT ::: JUNE 26,1994
OPPONENT ::: CANTON - AKRON INDIANS
LEVEL ::: EASTERN LEAGUE 'AA'
FORMERLY KNOWN AS ::: READING MUNICIPAL STADIUM
                                                    GPU STADIUM

Screwball entertains the crowd in Reading

RATINGS
 
BALLFIELD ::: A
SCOREBOARD ::: A
FOOD ::: B
FACILITIES ::: C
MASCOT ::: C

A view of First Energy Stadium, Reading, Pa.

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

Reading Municipal Stadium from the Outfield

The best thing about Reading - The Phillies game

From the outfield looking across to first -Reading

SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED SINCE MY FIRST VISIT TO READING BACK IN 1994. WHILE MANY NEW STADIUMS WERE BEING BUILT READING KEPT THE STADIUM AND HAS JUST IMPROVED ON IT EVERY YEAR. ONE THING THAT HASN'T CHANGED THOUGH IS THAT READING STILL DOES EVERYTHING RIGHT ... IT IS REALLY A GREAT PLACE TO SEE A GAME.

THE STADIUM IS SURROUNDED BY A BRICK WALL BUT A NEW ADDITION THIS YEAR IS THE BIG FIRST ENERGY STADIUM SIGN TO WELCOME YOU.

ONCE THROUGH THE TURNSTILES THE PLACE IS ELECTRIC WITH FANS ALL OVER THE PLACE. THE ENTRANCEWAY IS FILLED WITH PEOPLE WALKING TO THEIR SEATS, WAITING ON LINE FOR CONCESSIONS, OR JUST FOLKS MAKING THERE WAY TO THE REST ROOM.

THE REASON FOR THE LINES AT THE CONCESSIONS IS BECAUSE THE FOOD IS VERY GOOD AND REASONABLE. FRENCH FRIES (THE PHILLIES HELMET SIZE ORDER, PLEASE), FUNNEL CAKES, GOOD HOT DOGS, AND ICE CREAM. ONCE YOUR TRAY IS SET, WALK OUT TO THE SEATING AREA AND GAZE AT THE BEAUTIFUL FIELD AND THE SCENERY THAT MAKE THIS PLACE EVEN MORE APPEALING.

I've never liked the seats at Reading

Looking towards home from first base - Reading

First Energy Stadium - from 1b

WHILE UNDER THE GRANDSTAND, WALK TO YOUR RIGHT FOR THE READING PHILLIES LOCKER ROOM, THE PLAYERS STILL HAVE TO WALK THROUGH THE CROWD TO GET TO THE FIELD. WALK TO THE LEFT AND SEE THE VISITING PLAYERS. THEY DON'T HAVE IT SO EASY, THEY HAVE TO WALK THROUGH A CONCESSION LINE TO GET TO THE FIELD. AS YOU CAN SEE, ALL PLAYERS ARE VERY ACCESSIBLE HERE IN READING.


WALKING OUT BEYOND THE THIRD BASE GRANDSTAND AREA AND YOU SEE THE IMPROVEMENTS, A PICNIC AREA HAS BEEN SET UP BETWEEN THE GRANDSTAND AREA AND THE BLEACHERS. THE BLEACHERS ARE SET UP IN LEFT FIELD AND GIVE A GOOD VIEW OF THE GAME. HERE, THE BLEACHERS ARE NOT METAL BENCHES BUT PLASTIC SEATS, ON TOP OF THE METAL BENCHES. IT MAKES IT VERY COMFORTABLE.

ANOTHER RECENT IMPROVEMENT HERE IS THE LEFT FIELD DECK. THERE IS A CONCESSION STAND OUT HERE AND A BAR AREA WITH A FULL VIEW OF THE GAME. RIGHT BEYOND THE LEFT FIELD WALL IS A COUNTER AREA WHERE FANS CAN ENJOY A BEVERAGE AND HECKLE THE OPPOSITIONS LEFT FIELDER. I'VE FOUND WEEKDAY GAMES THE FANS ARE MORE CREATIVE.

Reading from the 3rd base side

A bunt down the 1st base line!!

First Energy Stadium through the raindrops

IN 2001 THE R. PHILS CHANGED THE NAME OF THE STADIUM, BUT AS WITH MOST SUCCESSFUL FRANCHISES THEY PUT ALL OF THE REVENUE INTO THE STADIUM. THERE IS NOW A POOL IN RIGHT FIELD, MORE SEATING BEYOND THE LEFT FIELD WALL, AND A HUGE PICTURE PERFECT VIDEO SCOREBOARD MAKING ONE WONDER IF THIS IS REALLY A DOUBLE A PARK.

ASIDE FROM THE PARKING, WHICH IS SPREAD OUT BUT AVAILABLE AND THE BATHROOMS WHICH ARE IMPROVED A TRIP TO READING IS VERY ENJOYABLE AND CAN BE FOR EVERYONE. JUST MAKE SURE YOU GET HERE AN HOUR OR SO BEFORE THE GAME FOR BETTER PARKING, IT WILL ENSURE YOU GET TO YOUR SEAT ON TIME.
EVERYTHING IS JUST DONE RIGHT HERE, AND BEFORE OR AFTER THE GAME :::
HARRISBURG IS ONLY 45 MINUTES AWAY, THE LARGEST OUTLET CENTER IN THE COUNTRY IS LOCATED IN READING AND DORNEY PARK IS ONLY 1/2 HOUR AWAY.

FROM THE 3RD BASE SIDE - FIRST ENERGY STADIUM

Exchanging the Line ups - pre game Reading

THE LINE UPS
 
INDIANS MANAGER :::
21 TED KUBIAK

PHILLIES MANAGER :::
5 BILL DANCY

CANTON - AKRON INDIANS
 
2 Damian Jackson ss
11 Pat Maxwell 2b
30 Ray Harvey lf
39 Tony Mitchell rf
16 Marc Marini cf
23 Pork Chop Pough dh
27 Paul Meade 3b
35 Ryan Martindale c
33 Murph Proctor 1b
9 Carlos Crawford p / LP

Pre-game warm ups - Reading, Pa

READING PHILLIES

25 Jay Edwards rf
22 David Tokheim lf
6 David Fisher 2b
9 Jon Zuber 1b
10 Tommy Eason dh
15 Phil Geisler cf
19 David Hayden 3b
17 Gary Bennett c
12 Luis Brito ss
27 Dennis Springer p / WP

The Major League Scoreboard in this Fine Double A

INDIANS 002 000 012 5 10 2
PHILLIES 110 060 35x 16 16 1

TIME ::: 2:44
ATTENDANCE ::: 4,977
WEATHER ::: SUNNY & HOT

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