Phillies players and fans gear up for home opener at Citizens Bank Park

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Counting down to home opener: Jeff Skversky talks with Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph during Action News at noon on April 7. (WPVI)

A sell-out crowd will welcome the Philadelphia Phillies back to Citizens Bank Park Friday for the team's home opener against the Washington Nationals.

Phillies' first baseman Tommy Joseph, who will be batting sixth in Friday's lineup, told Action News the team has been looking forward to this day since the start of spring training.

The first pitch will be thrown at 3:05 p.m., but the party at Citizens Bank Park was already getting started early Friday morning.

Action News found fans waiting in line for tickets before the sun came up.

The ballpark features at least one very prominent safety feature for players and fans this season.

We also got a look at some of the items on the menu for fans this season at The Bank.

And the Phillie Phanatic was up early as well, helping Action News celebrate the start of the season on the Phils' home turf.

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The Phillie Phanatic helps Katherine Scott preview the Phillies' home opener during Action News at 6:30am on April 7.

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