Phillies join major development project in South Philly

The Philadelphia Phillies have stepped up to the plate to join Comcast Spectacor on the planned mixed-use development project in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The Phillies and Comcast Spectacor will work together over the next few years in hopes of making the area a world-class, live-work-play sports and entertainment district.

Phase one of the development project, which is approved and nearing construction, will involve lots located between Pattison Avenue and the Wells Fargo Center. This phase will include a new, mid-sized 5,500-seat concert venue, 250-key hotel, retail shops and an outdoor plaza, as well as $12 million of upgrades to Xfinity Live!. The entirety of Phase one is expected to be completed in 2028 but the Xfinity Live! upgrades are expected to be finished sooner.

A second phase will involve additional development around the Wells Fargo Center and will expand north of Pattison Avenue to lots currently controlled by the Phillies from Broad Street to Citizens Bank Park. 

According to officials, the concept for this phase envisions another hotel, residential units, more retail, restaurants, office space and significant green space. It also will include a dedicated “Phillies Plaza” adjacent to Citizens Bank Park that will provide gathering spaces and immersive experiences for fans. The Phillies and Comcast Spectacor will be partnering to seek approvals and the necessary development rights from the city for phase two and will work closely with the local community as plans progress. The second phase has been previously eyeing a $2.5 billion price tag and is estimating about 10 years to complete the task.

“When I think about what makes Philadelphia unique, it’s our incredible fan base and tight-knit community,” said John Middleton, managing partner and CEO of the Phillies. “This project focuses on expanding that community and bringing in more residents, workers and visitors. With the creation of new spaces and experiences, Philadelphians and visitors will have more opportunities to celebrate the passion and pride we have for our city and our teams.”

The Phillies and Comcast Spectacor are hoping it’s a home run for baseball fans.

“John Middleton and the Phillies share a big and bold dream for what the future could look like for Philadelphia,” said Dan Hilferty, chairman and CEO of Comcast Spectacor. “John’s input and support of the vision has been so valuable from the very early stages, and our partnership with the Phillies will strengthen the ongoing growth and revitalization of the South Philadelphia community.”