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Details on Phillies Opening Day with Phillies Nation

We’re less than four days away from the start of another exciting Phillies season and we’re glad some of you decided to spend it with us. Click on the link below for some details to help the day run smoothly.

For those riding the buses from Philly, they will depart at 7am on Monday from the P Lot outside Citizens Bank Park near Pattison and Darien Streets [view map]. You may park your car there for free while on the trip. If you offered to bring tailgate supplies like chairs, games, or coolers, please bring them and we’ll take them on the bus. Be sure to arrive by 6:45 am so we can check people in and distribute tickets at the parking lot. Set your alarm and don’t be late, we don’t want to leave without you, but will be forced to in order to avoid rush hour traffic.

Once we’re on the road, the relaxing ride will be filled with pretzels, drinks (yes, beer), Phillies movies and the occasional trivia question to win prizes.

As we arrive in DC, the buses will drop us off at tailgate parking lot. We will unload ourselves and our supplies, but all the buses will not stay. One bus will be at the tailgate to help with the bathroom situation and store things after we close shop and go into the game. However, please pack lightly as security will be tight at the game with President Obama throwing out the first pitch.

If you are meeting us at the tailgate, the lot is located at Potomac Ave and South Capitol, SW (1620 S. Capitol St.) – across from home plate at Nationals Park [view map]. For DC locals, it is recommended you take the Metro (Green Line to the Navy Yard stop). If you are driving, as you head south on South Capitol Street towards Nationals Park, turn right on P Street, left on Half Street and left on R St and you will see the big “PARKING” sign among the construction sites. Do NOT go over the Frederick Douglas Bridge – the tailgate is below the bridge. Parking in the lot is $15 and we’re aiming to start the party around 11 am.

The menu will feature BBQ favorites (chopped chicken, pork, and beef), potato salad, mac & cheese, and cole slaw along with beer and water. If you want to see the president, I recommend grabbing some food, a few drinks, and heading into the park by 12:15. The lot is slightly less than a block from the stadium. People that bought just ticket/tailgate packages can pick up their tickets to the game at the tailgate. Everyone will need to check in with a Phillies Nation representative, so please bring your ID and although a print out of your receipt is not required, it will help expedite the process.

The game is slated to start at 1:05pm. After the game, return to the tailgate lot and the buses will pick us up there. We plan on leaving no later than 30 minutes after the final pitch, so please make your way back in a timely fashion. If there is a rain delay of more than 1 hour, 30 minutes, it is likely the game will be suspended so please head back to the lot in that situation. Fortunately, weather.com is predicting 70 and sunny for Monday!

Again, thanks for partying with us and for your patience as organize everything. It’s gonna be awesome!!!

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Cole Latshaw

    April 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Hey guys,
    Quick question about the tailgate. My brother and I will be in the dc area for the weekend and already have tickets for the game. Is it ok to just stop by the tailgate to hang out with the phillies faithful? Just wanted to make sure you weren’t selling tickets just for your tailgate.

  2. Cadillac Time!!!!!

    April 2, 2010 at 11:33 am

    See you guys Monday @ 7am. I’m pumped as hell!!! We’re gonna tear up Nats Park!!

  3. Bill V

    April 2, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Yes! They were selling tix’s for the “tailgate only” earlier. Not sure if they still are.

  4. Brian Michael

    April 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Yes, you can buy tickets for the tailgate here:

    http://www.philliesnation.com/fun-stuff/store/road-trips/opening-day-in-dc-tailgate-only/

    We can’t feed 550 people and get them all drunk for free!

  5. jerry

    April 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Just a piece of advice from what ive heard on the nats board. when bush threw out the 1st ball a few years ago it took people over an hour to get into the stadium. i know a lot would rather tailgate then watch the pregame stuff, but if you want to see any of it, you might want to get in early. the nationals are advising fans to arrive 90 minutes earlier then normal.

  6. Brooks

    April 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Sweetness – Keith and I will be there.
    How many people are coming in the buses?

  7. Brian Michael

    April 2, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    275

  8. Brooks

    April 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Nice!
    How many bus loads are there? Brian, this is first trip with the Nation, I see food and beverage offering, should we bring a cooler?

  9. Brian Michael

    April 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    5 of them. Yes, please bring a cooler and any other fun tailgate stuff you might have.

  10. TwoTonsOfIrony

    April 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Brian

    anyway there are more tickets available or have you sold out on those?

  11. Brian Michael

    April 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Waaay sold out. Sorry!

  12. Jim

    April 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Has anyone else received any tickets that they ordered online yet? I always order tickets the day the single game tickets go on sale back in february. I still haven’t recieved them in the mail. I cant remember if it always takes this long.

  13. Morris Buttermaker

    April 3, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Are the burgers going to be burnt again this year?

  14. psujoe

    April 3, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I was down there last night. WOW. amazing the juice for a spring training game. Opening day is going to be sick. for those going. Enjoy!

  15. YeaGo01

    April 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I dont know if its true, but I heard because Obama is going to be there, there is no tailgating allowed. I could be wrong, but its just what I heard thats all.

  16. DeanH

    April 4, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Jim,

    If you are talking about phillies individual tix, I recieved them about a week after buying them.

  17. Urzimm

    April 4, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Just a word of caution, I have heard undercover police plan to sweep through the Potomac-South Capitol lot repeatedly on opening day. Secret service, federal protective services and DC metropolitan police will be monitoring the entire area. Security extra tight because presidential visit (plus congressional VIP’s and others using National Park’s private “Lot A” behind home plate, diagonally across South Capitol St.). No open alcohol at all will be permitted in your lot! If you assume this post is a hoax, that’s fine, but word to the wise, do your drinking on your buses before you step off into that lot and get popped. Go Phils!

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