SITE: CITIZENS BANK PARK
ADDRESS: One Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148
WEB SITE: www.phillies.com
VISUALS & VIBE: The new home of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team, which opened in 2004, features a range of spaces for product launches, holiday parties and wedding receptions; Cadillac unveiled its new STS convertible in the park's First Base Plaza.
EVENT AREAS: The 43,500-seat ballpark includes the 12,500-square-foot Diamond Club, which is located behind home plate and has a reception capacity of 500; the 20,000-square-foot, 800-capacity Hall of Fame Club and adjacent Cooperstown Gallery; and the Main Concourse and Plazas, which offer outdoor space for receptions of 5,000 guests and seated events of 1,200.
GAME-DAY APPEAL: Guests can take advantage of behind-the-scenes tours of the ballpark, as well as appearances by the Phillies Phanatic mascot and former players. The park's audiovisual equipment can also be used to brand events by putting company names or messages on the scoreboards.
“Citizens Bank Park offers numerous upscale, climate-controlled function spaces to host special events on non-game days. People are looking for a unique and special place to host events. Citizens Bank Park offers the ‘wow’ factor.”
— Joe Giles, director of business development
ADDRESS: One Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035-1388
WEB SITE: www.gillettestadium.com
VISUALS & VIBE: Home of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots football team, the 68,756-seat Gillette Stadium opened in 2002. The stadium's stunning spaces have hosted employee appreciation events, weddings and fund-raisers.
EVENT AREAS: Groups can book the East and West Fidelity Investments clubhouses, each with a reception capacity of 2,000; two 80-guest-capacity super suites; 86 luxury boxes with a 30-person capacity for meetings or breakout sessions; the Plaza, an outdoor space next to the playing field that can accommodate 500 for seated events; and the Field House, an 80,000-square-foot indoor practice facility with 70-foot ceilings.
GAME-DAY APPEAL: Event guests can take tour the playing field and locker rooms, as well as have photographs taken with Super Bowl trophies and rings; appearances by current and former Patriots players and coaches, Patriots cheerleaders and mascot Pat Patriot can also be arranged.
“Bigger and better has been the theme over the last year at Gillette Stadium. We have seen a significant rise in the number of organization-wide upscale gatherings. Many companies have combined several smaller departmental meetings and parties and turned them into one big get-together. Since a single owner oversees the stadium, catering department, parking and all other aspects of the operation, we can come up with a theme, menu, audiovisual setup and other special touches that will leave attendees with big smiles on their faces.”
— Jeff Connors, corporate development manager
ADDRESS: 1545 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
WEB SITE: www.espnzone.com
VISUALS & VIBE: One of several ESPN Zones across the U.S. (other locations are Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington, New York, Las Vegas, Denver and Chicago), ESPN Zone Anaheim is a 35,000-square-foot sports-themed dining and entertainment complex.
EVENT AREAS: Spaces include the 180-seat Studio Grill restaurant, which features an ESPN studio where diners can watch live sports broadcasts; the 250-guest-capacity Screening Room with state-of-the-art video equipment; and the Sports Arena, which can accommodate 400 guests reception-style. The entire facility can be bought out for events of up to 1,200 guests.
GAME-DAY APPEAL: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Mighty Ducks game viewing parties, a 16-foot video wall surrounded by 12 36-inch monitors in the Screening Room, and more than 100 interactive games and attractions in the Sports Arena make the venue a winner for sports-loving guests.
“We find that our clients are not just sports fans, but are coming to ESPN Zones because we are the alternative to a boring hotel ballroom. ESPN Zones not only have built-in entertainment, but a fun and relaxed environment, on-site catering and audiovisual equipment to allow the client to focus on the event.”
— Lynelle Bundy, associate sales manager