After an opening night that saw fans cram FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Reading Phillies (Class AA; Eastern League), one thing is clear: the ballpark renovations are a hit with the R-Phils fans.
Fans were lining up well in advance of the 4 p.m. opening of the gates, eager to see how the $10 million in ballpark renovations looked in real life. The R-Phils and architect Ewing Cole made several big changes to the ballpark, including a new entrance area that opens to an expanded food court, rather than to a crowded grandstand; expanded restrooms; and expanded clubhouses. The seating bowl pretty much remains the same, as does the seating in left field and the pool beyond right field.
We’ll be out later this spring to take a look.
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