'Welcome Home Phillies:' NBC10 Gets Fans Ready for Home Opener at Citizens Bank Park | NBC 10 Philadelphia

'Welcome Home Phillies:' NBC10 Gets Fans Ready for Home Opener at Citizens Bank Park

Fans headed out to Citizen's Bank Park early on Monday, grilling and cooking out before the Phillies home opener later in the afternoon. NBC10's Tim Furlong was hanging out with some fans and seeing what was on the menu. (Published Monday, April 11, 2016)

UPDATE: The Phillies lost to the Padres in their home opener. FULL RECAP HERE

An afternoon full of activities is on tap as the Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia. And, NBC10 has you covered with a one-hour special "Welcome Home Phillies" live from the ballpark prior to the Phillies taking on the San Diego Padres.

The festivities at the ballpark begin at noon with a block party on Citizens Bank Park Way featuring live music and a Ferris wheel. The block party is open to the public and you won’t need a ticket to take part in it. Phillies Prepare for Home OpenerPhillies Prepare for Home OpenerThe Philadelphia Phillies will play the San Diego Padres during their home opener Monday. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal has a preview of the game which will air on NBC10. (Published Monday, April 11, 2016)

For those who do have tickets to the game, gates open at 12:35 p.m. and each fan will receive a free Opening Day commemorative Phillies cap. The Phillies will then enter the park from center Field, giving fans the chance to see the players up close before they take the field. Phillie Phanatic Ready for Home OpenerPhillie Phanatic Ready for Home OpenerThe Phillies Phanatic's dance moves look in mid-season form before Monday's home opener at Citizens Bank Park. And, he has a kiss for NBC10's Deanna Durante. (Published Monday, April 11, 2016)

Before the baseball game begins, Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was injured in an ambush, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch around 3 p.m.

Click here for full Opening Day festivities. And be part of it (even without a ticket) by tuning into NBC10.

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