Yep, Phillies Get 3 More Home Games
The Phillies will have the rare fortune of playing 84 home games this season.
The Toronto Blue Jays have moved their June 25-27 series against the Phillies from Rogers Centre in Toronto to Citizens Bank Park because of the G20 Summit. The G20, which hosts many of the world’s political and financial leaders, is June 26-27 at the Metro Convention Center, and there are security and congestion issues with the two sites just feet away.
The series in Toronto could have brought large crowds with the return of former ace Roy Halladay, who was traded to the Phillies in December for prospects. Things certainly can change between now and then, but if the Phillies’ rotation remains on schedule, Halladay would pitch June 24 against Cleveland and miss the Blue Jays series.
The change gives the Phillies a nine-game homestand June 18-27 against Minnesota, Cleveland and Toronto, and shortens a road trip June 28-July 4 against the Reds and Pirates to just seven games.
The teams will use American League rules — there will be a DH — and the Blue Jays will have last at-bats. In other words, they are the “home team” in Philadelphia that weekend. Hey, works for me.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement: “After reviewing all of the options with the parties and taking all of the security considerations into account, it was determined that the best course of action is to play the series in Philadelphia.”
Rogers Sports Entertainment President and CEO Paul Beeston said: “This was an extremely difficult decision and one which we did not take lightly. By moving our games to Philadelphia, we are acting in the best interests of our fans, our employees, the players and the game of baseball. We did not want to move the games but in looking at the realities of this situation, we felt that relocation was the most prudent course of action.”
The June 25 game will be played at 7:05 p.m. The June 26 game will be played at 1:35 p.m. The June 27 game time has not been determined.
UPDATED: Here is some ticket information for the series, according to Phillies vice president of sales and ticket operations John Weber:
The Phillies will contact season ticket holders within the next three to seven days. Full season ticket holders get first crack at tickets. Sunday season ticket holders will have a shot at tickets for the June 27 game. The Phillies also will have presale opportunities for their 17-game season ticket holders.
“Hopefully we’ll be on sale for individual tickets to the public in about 10 to 14 days,” Weber said. “Hopefully our fans will see this as a great opportunity for another weekend series.”
Weber said they are working with the Blue Jays because these technically are their home games.
“We’re going to help them out as much as possible,” he said. “If their fans are trying to come out, we’re going to help them out as much as we can. It is their home game.”
The attendance figures from the series will be added to the Blue Jays’ home attendance totals, which means at the end of the season the Phillies technically will have played 81 home games.