Thousands of sports fans will head to South Philadelphia this weekend as playoff baseball returns to Citizens Bank Park for the first time in more than a decade and the Eagles seek to maintain their undefeated record. In anticipation of the crowds of fans, especially on Saturdays when the Phillies and Flyers have home games at the sports complex, SEPTA is adding express trains on the Broad Street Line before games.
“By using the Broad Street Line, fans can ensure they get to games in time to catch all the action and then have a ride home,” said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch, adding that there will be extra staff throughout the system to ensure security and answer questions.
The express trains will initially operate from the Fern Rock Transportation Center on Friday and Saturday before the two Phillies games against the Atlanta Braves. Friday’s Phillies game is scheduled to begin at 4:37 p.m. and the four bullet trains will depart at 3:40 p.m. every 10 minutes
On Saturday, the sports complex will host a dual function. The Phillies have a game at 2:07 p.m. where SEPTA will arrange for four express trains to run at 10-minute increments beginning at 12:40 p.m. Next, the Flyers play the Canucks at 4:00 p.m. This game will only be manned by two express trains at 2:50pm and 3:00pm
Prepaid parking for the Phillies game is still available online for $25.
Parking lots surrounding Lincoln Financial Field will be open to visitors during Saturday’s games, according to a spokesman. Things should be business as usual in terms of activity around the complex leading up to Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Parking there is $40 for cars and $80 for oversized vehicles, according to the stadium’s website.
For Eagles game Sunday, SEPTA will start its express trains starting at 6:05 p.m. at 10-minute intervals—10 trains total. The game starts at 8:20 p.m. and the trips home on the BSL are free from 10:30 p.m., sponsored by betPARX Casino & Sportsbook.
As always, Trolley and Market Frankford Line riders can transfer to the Broad Street Line at City Hall/15th Street free of charge.