Phillies-Spectacor spectacular mixed-use plans



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The Major League Baseball (MLB) team Philadelphia Phillies announced recently that it has joined the professional sports company Comcast Spectacor on the planned mixed-use development project in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US).

‘mlb.com’ stated that the two organizations will collaborate over the next several years to make the destination a world-class, live-work-play sports and entertainment district.

The Philadelphia Phillies are an American professional baseball team based in Philadelphia. The Phillies compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the National League East Division. Since 2004, the team’s home stadium has been the Citizens Bank Park, located in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.

The 42,901-capacity Citizens Bank Park is a baseball stadium located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US) in the City’s South Philadelphia Sports Complex. It is the ballpark of Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) Philadelphia Phillies.

The Comcast Spectacor is an American sports and entertainment company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US).

The 133,000-capacity (combined) South Philadelphia Sports Complex is the home of four major Philadelphia professional sports teams. The complex is located in South Philadelphia (US) and is the site of the 21,000-capacity Wells Fargo Center, home arena for the National Basketball Association (NBA) team Philadelphia 76ers and the National Hockey League (NHL) team Philadelphia Flyers, the 67,594-capacity Lincoln Financial Field, home field for the National Football League (NFL) team Philadelphia Eagles, the Citizens Bank Park, home field for the Philadelphia Phillies, and the 6,000-capacity Xfinity Live!, a sports retail and entertainment center.

‘mlb.com’ further stated that Phase One of the development project will involve lots located between the Pattison Avenue and the Wells Fargo Center for which the Comcast Spectacor already has development rights. This phase will include a new, mid-sized concert venue, hotel, retail shops, and an outdoor plaza, as well as upgrades to Xfinity Live!. Phase One is expected to be completed in 2028.

Phase Two will involve additional development around the Wells Fargo Center and will expand North of the Pattison Avenue to lots currently controlled by the Phillies from the Broad Street to the Citizens Bank Park. The concept for this phase envisions another hotel, residential units, more retail, restaurants, office space, and significant green space. It also will include a dedicated ‘Phillies Plaza’ adjacent to the Citizens Bank Park that will provide gathering spaces and immersive experiences for fans. The two companies will be partnering to seek approvals and the necessary development rights from the City of Philadelphia for Phase Two and will work closely with the local community as the plans progress.

Observed John Middleton, Managing Partner and head honcho of the Philadelphia Phillies, “When I think about what makes Philadelphia unique, it’s our incredible fan base and tight-knit community. This project focuses on expanding that community and bringing in more residents, workers and visitors. With the creation of new spaces and experiences, Philadelphians and visitors will have more opportunities to celebrate the passion and pride we have for our City and our teams.”

Concluded Dan Hilferty, Chairman-cum-Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Comcast Spectacor, “John Middleton and the Phillies share a big and bold dream for what the future could look like for Philadelphia. John’s input and support of the vision has been so valuable from the very early stages, and our partnership with the Phillies will strengthen the ongoing growth and revitalization of the South Philadelphia community.”

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