(Reading, PA) Earlier today, at a press conference held at Good Eatz Green Café
in Reading, the Reading Phillies, the Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies
since 1967, announced that in 2011 and beyond, the club will be offering fans more food
than ever before at FirstEnergy Stadium.
We will continue to provide our fans with great food at affordable prices,
noted R-Phils Director of Operations Andy Bortz. Last year we were able to add five
new items, and this year, thanks to the $10 million renovations, we are able to add much,
much more. We definitely have something for everyone.
With the addition of the brand-new VIST Financial Plaza, which is four times as large as
the previous Food Court, fans will be treated to a wide variety of food. VIST Financial
Plaza, the signature element of the $10 Million Renovations, will serve as the place where
all fans can go to enjoy great food, music, and more. While fans chow down on delicious
ballpark fare, there will be great musical entertainment on the Weston Center Winning
Smiles Stage for all 71 games this season the first time ever fans can enjoy live
music at every R-Phils game. Of course, there will also be food throughout the concourse
New to the ballpark in 2011, the R-Phils will have even more pizza than ever before,
thanks to some great pizza selections from DiGiorno. Fans can expect a DiGiorno pizza
stand as they make their way into VIST Financial Plaza. Also, fans will be able to munch
on scrumptious funnel cake fries, courtesy of J & J Snack Foods, delicious BBQ ribs
from Willie Jacks BBQ, fantastic cheesesteak sliders from Taste of Italy, as well as
tasty popcorn chicken and mozzarella sticks from Tyson.
Fans looking for healthy options will also be set, as the R-Phils will have great healthy
menu items for fans this season. Vegetarians and all fans that come out to the ballpark
can now enjoy great salads and wraps from Good Eatz Green Café. There will also be
gluten-free options, courtesy of Good Eatz Green Café, on the ballpark menu as well.
Along with the permanent concession stands added to VIST Financial Plaza, the R-Phils will
have a rotating cart added to VIST Financial Plaza, and fans can expect some great new
menu items there as well. On Mondays and Tuesdays, hungry fans can expect great tasting
items from Kathryns Katering, including pot pies. On Wednesdays and Sundays,
Kathryns Katering is back to satisfy the taste buds of R-Phils fans, and each of
those two days will feature delicious pasta dishes.
Seafood lovers are also in for a real treat, as the R-Phils will have delicious seafood
meals every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On each of those three days, fans can chow
down on crab cakes, sushi, soups, fish sandwiches, and even more, thanks to great food
from Adelphia Seafood.
Another addition to the concession menu, which is more about convenience than about new
item, is that now the Grand Slam Grill will feature draft beer selections at the same
point of service as all of the delicious ballpark food. Along with burgers,
churgers, French fries, and more, fans who are 21 years old and older can now
choose one of four draft beer flavors right there at the Grand Slam Grill. In the past,
draft beer was only available at separate beer stands.
And, the R-Phils are pleased to announce that all of the ballpark standards, which fans
have become accustom to over the years, will be back as well. Food options at
Americas Classic Ballpark will still range from classic ballpark fare, such as hot
dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jacks, to specialty items like the popular cheeseburger dog,
funnel cake, and the churger -- which combines a burger and chicken breast
separated by a slice of American cheese on a fresh roll.
Other great items, such as pierogies, onion rings, Italian sausage, are back as well. And,
delicious snacks, like pretzels, nachos, ice cream, and Ritas Italian Ices, which
will feature even more options this season, are back also. Another favorite, which was
added in 2010 the Nuts for You stand, will be back at Americas
Classic Ballpark and
fans can choose from gourmet nuts, which include cashews, almonds, and even kettle corn.
Kids will also be able to expect the same great food, and will once again be able to enjoy
the popular Crazy Hot Dog Vendor Kids Meal. Consisting of a hot dog or a peanut
butter and jelly sandwich your choice, the kids meal also features apple
slices, Goldfish crackers, a Crazy Hot Dog Vendor hat, a juice box, and a collectible toy.
Back for 2011, the R-Phils are offering any fan the opportunity to add the all-you-can-eat
Deck Buffet to any ticket, (Blue Box, Yellow Box, Red Reserved, or General Admission) for
only $12. The wristband grants fans access to the 2 1/2 hour all-you-can-eat Deck Buffet,
located in left field. The deck menu includes barbecued chicken, burgers, hot dogs, baked
beans, pasta & potato salads, cookies, lemonade, iced tea and Pepsi products.
Fans interested in renewing their season tickets and mini-plans, or purchasing single-game
tickets for the R-Phils Opening Weekend, can do so now by visiting readingphillies.com, or
by calling 610-370-BALL. Single-game tickets are also now available for purchase online at
readingphillies.com, and will be available in-person for the first time this year, on
Saturday, February 26 at FirstEnergy Stadium from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. R-Phils Tickets
-- Same Great Price. America's Classic Ballpark...Just Got Even Better.
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