Philadelphia Phillies fans flooded Citizens Bank Park on Thursday for the team’s home opener against the San Diego Padres. The game marked the return of fans to the stadium after COVID-19 restrictions forced games to be played without spectators last year.
Fans expressed excitement and enthusiasm for being back at the ballpark, with many describing the experience as “like a holiday.” The stadium implemented safety protocols to ensure a safe environment for attendees, including requiring masks and social distancing measures.
Despite the excitement, the game did not go as planned for the Phillies, who lost to the Padres 4-1. However, fans remained positive and optimistic about the rest of the season.
The home opener also served as an opportunity for the team to honor former Phillies manager and player, Charlie Manuel, who was inducted into the team’s Wall of Fame. Manuel led the Phillies to their 2008 World Series championship.
Overall, the return of fans to Citizens Bank Park was a welcome sight for both the team and the community. The excitement and joy exhibited by fans at the game shows the enduring spirit of Philadelphia sports and the love of the game that is shared by so many.