For years, the thought of the Phillies playing in Toronto was only associated with tears and heartbreak as Joe Carter’s home run crushed many a Phillies fans’ dreams back in ‘93, but that was back in a different century. It’s a new era and this team is ready to create some new memories for their fans as they travel up to the city they nicknamed El Toro. Not only is this trip on a holiday weekend, but it’s also Halladay’s first appearance against his old team since his trade to the Phillies last year. With that said, you’re looking at a golden opportunity to grab the family and hit 81 N for a Phabulous weekend they will never forget. Here are some ideas to get your trip planning started:
The Phillies take the field at Toronto’s Roger Centre on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. July 4th is America’s birthday, and baseball is America’s pastime. So what better way to celebrate the holiday by watching your favorite baseball team that just so happens to come from the birthplace of independence?
Road Trip Stops:
The trip to Toronto is roughly an 8 hour journey, but with exciting stops along the way, the time will fly by for everyone. On your way up north, swing by Cooperstown, NY and get everyone into the spirit with a tour the Baseball Hall of Fame. After the weekend, make sure you don’t miss out on your annual fireworks tradition by heading over to Niagara Falls’ Queen Victoria Park for a free Coca-Cola concert and pizza party that caps off with an amazing show.
Ballpark food favorites:
At Rogers Centre, sweet potato fries with aioli sauce, the Loaded Burger, and the Homerun Footlong Hotdog all made it to MLB’s top foods list this year. Not like anything can quite compare to Chickie and Pete’s crab fries and the Schmitter, but you can’t leave Toronto without saying you gave their famous hotdog a whirl.
What to do in Toronto:
Just a mile from Rogers Centre, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must-see for everyone. Whether you’re a hockey fan or not, the interactive games and trophy room are guaranteed great memories for kids and adults of all ages.
Let me be the first to say that no ballpark, in my humble opinion, will ever compare to the excitement at Citizens Bank Park, but how cool would it be to have the Rogers Centre covered in Phillies red? I’m sure you’ll find many cool photo ops that will make your Facebook friends green with envy from your amazing Phillies Roadtrip 2011.