The Phillies beloved spring training home down in Florida is likely to have a new name when the tiki bar denizens return to Clearwater come March.
Bright House Field has been a destination for Phillies fans every spring looking for a chance to ditch the cold Philadelphia weather and watch their baseball team tune things up before the real thing comes along in April.
But that sports complex could have a different name in 2017. That's because Bright House was acquired by another company recently.
Here's how the Tampa Bay Times described the deal last month: "Customers around Tampa Bay who subscribed to Bright House Networks cable TV, Internet or landline service are now being served by Charter Communications' Spectrum brand."
The Times' Jerome Stockfisch spoke with Charter's director of communications for Florida, Joe Durken, who declined to comment specifically about the name of the Phillies' spring training home, but did say that the Bright House name will be "changing across the footprint."
We were unable to confirm a new name but have heard that "Spectrum Field" is a real posibility and that crews are already working on changing signage down at the park.
It's been over seven years since the last event -- a Pearl Jam concert -- took place at the fabled Spectrum arena in Philadelphia. While this new name for the baseball field has no real relation to the old arena, it should help keep the memory alive when Philly dads putting sun tan lotion on their kids attempt to describe those weird basement bathrooms of the "old Spectrum."
UPDATE: As reader Steve Potter points out, a poster at the Stadium already says "Spectrum Field."
The fan festival activities will be FREE and last for three days along a half-mile stretch of the Ben Franklin Parkway. This will include "interactive exhibits, immersive games, and virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more."
Hours for the fan experience:
Thursday, April 27: 12 pm - 11 pm
Friday, April 28: 12 pm - 11 pm
Saturday, April 29: 10 am - 6 pm
In addition to the special fan fest experience, a number of the museums in the area will be offering special discounts or even free admission.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will offer free general admission during those three days of the draft will discounts on special exhibits. The Barnes Foundation will be closed on Thursday for a special event but will maintain normal business hours (10 am - 5 pm) on Friday and Saturday. The Franklin Institute will be open to the public from 9:30am-5pm during NFL Draft days (April 27-29).
There will be a plethora of road closures starting in phases as early as April 10th. The full extent of the road closures will begin on the 25th at 12:01 am and include the following:
21st Street closed from Winter Street to Spring Garden Street * Local access to Pennsylvania Avenue only (all traffic must turn left)
* 22nd Street closed from Race Street to Spring Garden Street * Local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)
* 23rd Street closed from Fairmount Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway * Local access only
* 24th Street closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Park Towne Place * Local access only
* Martin Luther King Drive closed at Sweet Briar Drive. * Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street
* Kelly Drive closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
* Spring Garden Street Bridge closed at 31st Street * Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street * Access to I-76 westbound will be maintained * Local access to Art Museum will be maintained
* Spring Garden Street closed from 22nd Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway * Local access after peak AM rush hour
* Pennsylvania Avenue closed from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue * Local access after peak AM rush hour
* Pennsylvania Avenue/Callowhill Street closed from 20th Street to 21st Street * Local access to Barnes Foundation driveway (westbound) only * Eastbound open from 21st Street
* Park Towne Place closed from 22nd Street to 24th Street * Local access only (residents)
* I-676 westbound 22nd Street off-ramp closed
From our previous post on what the Fan Fest experience will entail:
Among the NFL Draft Experience fan events:
· Combine Corner – From racing against NFL players to running routes, fans can test their football and athletic skills at Combine Corner, which includes the Vertical Jump and 40-Yard Dash.
· NFL Virtual Reality – Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.
· The Vince Lombardi Trophy – Fans will have the opportunity to take their photo with the Super Bowl trophy.
· AFC & NFC Locker Rooms – Visit a replica NFL locker room as it appears on gameday. Experience the sights of an NFL pregame with sleek translucent LCDs.
· NFL Museum (Pro Football Hall of Fame display area) – This exhibit features historical Eagles memorabilia, Super Bowl rings and Conference Championship trophies. Fans can get a digitalized Pro Football Hall of Fame bronze bust in their likeness.
· College Football Corner – Fans can view College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former first round Draft picks and Eagles legends, and cheer on Draft prospects from their favorite college team. Life size player mannequins offer unique photo opportunities.
· NFL Draft Experience Tailgate – Enjoy selections from some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants in a “taste of the town” tailgate.
· NFL Network Set – Watch NFL Network analysts break down the NFL Draft.
· ESPN Set – Check out SportsCenter LIVE from NFL Draft Experience.
· NFL Shop at Draft – Stop by for the largest assortment of NFL Draft merchandise, including customizable Nike Jerseys and the official 2017 NFL Draft Cap by New Era and other exclusive Draft caps.
· NFL Draft Set – Visit the official NFL Draft set from Thursday to Saturday and see the view from behind the podium.
You have to wonder what Brooks might get the newlyweds as a gift. Perhaps a midnight-green toaster.
This isn’t the first time an Eagles player made someone’s day special. This past season Rookie QB Carson Wentz was tasked to complete a fan’s quiz after losing two straight games and leading in into a week-14 game against the Bengals. That game would be an embarrassing 32-14 loss.
Luckily for Wentz, the five-question test from this young fan did not ask about his receiving corps or his struggles adjusting to the NFL.