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.
Phillies stretching before batting practice for the home opener against the nationals pic.twitter.com/EsyIjTgF7z— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) April 7, 2017
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.
Dedicated group of Phillies fans waiting to get tickets for the home opener. First phans arrived at midnight! pic.twitter.com/MoTC1RM73U— Katherine Scott (@KScott6abc) April 7, 2017
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.
On the ballpark menu- South Philly hot dog and smoked pastrami sausage w/ braised red cabbage and tarragon mustard. pic.twitter.com/O4foGVlSEg— Katherine Scott (@KScott6abc) April 7, 2017
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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