PHILADELPHIA — The McFadden's in Citizens Bank Park is no more. But fear not Phillies fans: a new beer garden is filling the empty space and a popular burger spot is opening right by it.
The Phillies and Aramark are turning the old McFadden's spot into a new area for fans to drink, eat, and watch games.
The 24,500-square-feet of space adjacent to the Third Base Plaza will be turned into Pass and Stow: a new area that features an outdoor beer garden and bar, Foundry Pizza serving brick-oven pizza, a family-friendly sports pub, 44 TVs to catch game action, and more,
Additionally, 120-seat Shake Shack is going to be serving burgers right across from it.
These new features will be ready to serve fans at the home opener against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, March 28.
Pass and Stow will be open two hours before the start of each home game, and will remain open until post-game. Shake Shack will be open during normal home game hours.
"We are always striving to make the Phillies fan experience the best in baseball," said David Buck, Phillies Executive Vice President. "With this, we are excited to partner with Aramark to bring an outdoor beer garden to the ballpark, complete with an open-patio concept and backyard type feel. Pass and Stow's sports pub and Shake Shack are also great additions for our fans. Not only will these social spaces feature a wide array of food options, but also fun design elements that tie into Phillies history and Philadelphia's iconic Liberty Bell."
Pass and Stow is an historic nod to the Liberty Bell, according to the Phillies.
The name is derived from the two Philadelphia foundry workers, John Pass and John Stow, who recast the original bell in 1753, and whose names are inscribed on the bell.
The outdoor beer garden will feature a bar with local craft and draft beers, and Foundry Pizza of Pass and Stow. At 11,500 square feet, the new area will seat 250 fans, and have plenty of standing room.
It will also feature fire pits, picnic tables, a lighted pergola, and a Phillies-etched water feature.
Pass and Stow will also include a 7,000-square foot, family-friendly sports pub with seating for 150 fans. Other highlights are garage doors that open and a split-flap board (similar to Amtrak's board at 30th Street Station) that shows game updates.
Continuing with the Liberty Bell theme, the Phillies are bringing back the iconic 19-foot high Liberty Bell that was once featured atop Veterans Stadium. The newly-refurbished bell will be displayed as fans approach the park.
For the first time, Shake Shack is bringing its sit-down restaurant experience to a sports venue, with seating for 120 fans. This popular modern-day "roadside" burger stand will now serve its classic burgers, crinkle-cut fries, hand-spun shakes and more at the ballpark. More than 6,000 square feet, Shake Shack will be adjacent to Pass and Stow.
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