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End of an era as McFadden's will close at Citizens Bank Park

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End of an era as McFadden's will close at Citizens Bank Park

Closing time.

You don't have to go home but you can't stay here.

After a run of 15 seasons, the McFadden’s location at Citizens Bank Park will close its doors for good. The bar/restaurant opened in 2004 and has been a staple for every season the Phillies have played at the ballpark.

McFadden’s official Instagram page posted this on Tuesday.

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There are a couple factors in play here. While no one has cited any reason for the closing, two big issues could be in play. The Phillies had yet another disappointing year through the gates, averaging just over 27,000 fans per game, which is up from last year, but down significantly from the 2007-to-2013 days, and XFINITY Live!, located directly across the street, provides some big-time competition for the popular establishment.

With 2019 comes great hopes for the Phillies and their fans, with the potential to add some significant pieces to their team, which could be a major boost for attendance, yet it remains to be seen how this prime real estate at the ballpark will be utilized next season.

There’s still time for one more drink and maybe to spill one out for McFadden’s.

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You never know what you're gonna see at the ol' ballyard.

On Monday, there were multiple flamethrowers in the infield.

On Tuesday, there were ... multiple fans in attendance.

The crowd for Game 1 of the Phillies-Nationals doubleheader is the smallest in memory at Citizens Bank Park. There were approximately 500 fans in their seats at first pitch. It was so quiet that you could hear most individual fans' encouragement or criticism.

Have a look.

The Phillies had 39 players, including 20 pitchers, active for the doubleheader. So there were nearly 10 percent as many people in the Phillies' dugout and bullpen as there were in the stands when Nick Pivetta took the hill.

Even though few were there to see it as the doubleheader began, this is a hugely important day for the Phillies. Because of the doubleheader, the Phils can make up more ground on the Braves Tuesday than any day the rest of the season. They entered the day a season-high five games back in the NL East.

The Phillies have split all three doubleheaders they've had this season. All were against inferior teams in the Mets, Mets and Padres.

This is the first time since 2011 the Phillies have played four doubleheaders in a season and the first time since 2006 they've had three doubleheaders after the All-Star break.

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Phillies' grounds crew forced to use flamethrowers on rain-soaked Citizens Bank Park field

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It finally stopped raining in South Philly around noon on Monday, but the damage was already done.

Apparently, during a weekend of nonstop rain, the tarp was not down on the infield at Citizens Bank Park at all times.

The Phillies pulled out all the stops to try to prepare the infield, going as far as using a flamethrower-type device to heat and dry the dirt near the first base bag.

The opener of the Phillies' three-game series with the Nationals was eventually postponed by the muddy field conditions (see story). The clubs will play a doubleheader on Tuesday with the first game beginning at 3:05 p.m.

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