To celebrate 50 seasons that the Philadelphia Phillies have been affiliated with the Reading Fightin Phils – the longest affiliation in the minor leagues – the Fightins by opening day will debut its VIP Savage 61 Dugout Suite.
On Tuesday, team general manager Scott Hunsicker made the announcement at a news conference at the 66-year old FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading and talked about the features of the 56-seat VIP dugout suite, which will be on the stadium’s first-base side. Savage 61 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Reading partnered with the team to help fund the $200,000 project that is set to be complete by the March 31 opening game.
Sitting 18 inches below ground level, the dugout’s seats are close to the action on the field and feature personal food and beverage service. At an additional cost, fans can add the Bull’s BBQ all-you-can-eat buffet and an open bar. A ticket to the Dugout Suite also allows access to a pregame cocktail party, where ticketholders can meet Fightins players.
Hunsicker said the suite will offer fans “top-of-the-line VIP treatment.”
“Everyone wants to sit in the dugout, and now you can,” he said.
The suite has 34 seats in the front row, with 22 bar stool seats in the second. All of the seats are protected by netting in the front and will have an authentic dugout bench along the back wall. The area is handicapped accessible.
“We have been searching for many years for the right place to introduce this level of VIP treatment … and we finally have found the perfect place to do so,” Hunsicker said.
The Savage 61 Dugout Suite will be available to groups and to individual ticket purchasers. Tickets for the new area are $25 and include the option to add food and drink.
Individual tickets for all Fightins games, including Savage 61 Dugout Suite tickets, will go on sale Feb. 18.