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Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins game will start early to avoid ‘full conflict’ with Phillies’ playoff game Saturday

Oct 13, 2010, 9:08 PM EDT

While sports fans can bicker about which sport is better (“Hockey is faster and more violent!” … “Baseball has tradition and homers!”), it’s kind of nice to see professional sports teams acknowledge the other sports in their city. That’s exactly what the Philadelphia Flyers will do Saturday, as the team will move the start time of their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins to accommodate fans who enjoy hardball as well as hockey. The Associated Press shares the details.

The Flyers and Penguins will face off at 6 p.m. – one hour earlier than the scheduled start time. The Phillies will play the San Francisco Giants in the opener of the National League championship series at 7:57 at Citizens Bank Park.

The new start time for the hockey game will reduce traffic congestion in the area and allow fans the chance to attend both events or watch them on television.

Fans will reportedly be able to watch the Phillies game in the Wells Fargo Center’s pavilion after the Flyers-Penguins game, but I thought I’d make it that much easier for dual-sport fans to enjoy both games by providing directions from the Flyers’ arena to the Phillies’ ball park. Yes, I agree that I’m extremely generous and thoughtful … but thanks for saying that, imaginary reader.

Update: To the surprise of no one who’s traveled with me in a car, I goofed up the directions. The two sporting complexes are actually in walking distance from each other. D’oh. (Here are some helpful walking directions, from commenter flyerscup2010.)

This is the next best route to get there, aside from that secret tunnel from the Holiday Inn to Citizens Bank Park, naturally.

  1. patayling - Oct 13, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    That’s the directions to an actual Citizen’s Bank branch…the stadiums are pretty much right across the street from each other

  2. strummerdood - Oct 13, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    I was expecting a joke about crossing two streets, hahaha. It’d probably be easier not to get into a car.

  3. SDR - Oct 13, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Seriously…James, buddy, you gotta do a little more homework. The Wells Fargo Center is roughly 1000 yards from Citizens Bank Park. They basically share a parking lot. In fact, all 3 sports venues in Philly (The Bank, The WFC, and Lincoln Financial Field [home of the Eagles] were deliberately built w/in walking distance of each other. So there will no doubt be people who go to BOTH games and will be able to do so quite easily and w/o even moving their car.

  4. adimike55 - Oct 14, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Whoa buddy, I hope you check you facts better than you check your GoogleMap entries. And remind me not to ride with you anywhere.

    Enjoy Chestnut Hill. They have great restaurants there. Here, I will help:

    From the bank, take the longest trolley line in the world, the Route 23, and that will drop you about an hour and a half later at 10th And Bigler, which is a couple of blocks from the park. That should give you enough time to turn around and go home.

  5. flyerscup2010 - Oct 14, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    dude, those are directions to an actual citizens bank, not to citizens bank park. citizens bank park is located in the SAME PARKING LOT as the wells fargo center. all the stadiums are in one sports complex in south philly. so people can go to the flyers game at 6, and either walk over the phillies game about a half hour after it starts or stay in the pavilion and watch the phillies game at the wells fargo center.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=citizens+bank+park&daddr=wachovia+center&geocode=FYPnYAIdiQmF-yGfHa-1-tnQmg%3BFaXXYAId5veE-ynrI6uh7MXGiTH3M9sLYISYIQ&hl=en&mra=ltm&dirflg=w&sll=39.902691,-75.167706&sspn=0.009136,0.01929&ie=UTF8&ll=39.903136,-75.166698&spn=0.009136,0.01929&t=h&z=16

    • flyerscup2010 - Oct 14, 2010 at 11:15 AM

      also gotta point out that 3601 south broad is the spectrum which is about to be demolished, not the center. next time i need to go from the spectrum up to a citizens bank park to mt airy (which only requires one bus and one subway, by the way) i’ll remember to ask you for directions.

      just playing around because you’re not from philly so it’s not like you should be expected to know this stuff, but seriously, the satellite button on google maps is a nice feature.

  6. gmc173 - Oct 14, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Seriously it doesnt even take that much work to look some of this up. Maybe he was thinking we should stop at a bank deposit some money or even better take out a loan to pay for the tickets, food, parking, etc. Gotta love people not from the area trying to talk about it, but then not do any research. I am suprised there wasnt any mention about hitting santa with snow balls. I thought that was a requirement for any national person to discuss philly

  7. James O'Brien - Oct 14, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Oops, I thought I properly copied the Wells Fargo Center address from the arena’s Web site … but apparently I made a Google Maps goof-up.

    Let’s just say I’m not going to stop writing about hockey to pursue a career in cab driving/navigating. Sorry about that, folks.

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