Fan Appreciation Weekend: Top 5 Things to Know for Final Phillies Series of the Season, September 30-October 2 vs. New York Mets

This weekend, the Phillies will host the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park (September 30-October 2), during the final series of the season. Below are some of the must-know highlights when coming to the ballpark.

  1. Gerald Henderson Jr., Franklin and Sixers Dancers take part in 76ers Night on Friday. Plus, fan photos with the Sixers 1983 NBA Championship Trophy and the Phillies 1980 World Series Trophy.

It's 76ers Night at Citizens Bank Park! Be on the lookout for the Sixers Dancers and Franklin, the 76ers mascot, who will be dancing with the Phanatic throughout the evening. Plus, Sixers guard Gerald Henderson Jr. will make the ceremonial first pitch and fans can meet the 76ers Phlight Squad at the First and Third Base Gates. Be sure to check out photo opportunities with the Sixers 1983 NBA Championship Trophy and the Phillies 1980 World Series Trophy, which will be on display behind Section 147 in Ashburn Alley.

Tickets for this special Theme Night event are available at a special $8 discount in locations regularly priced $47 and under. To buy tickets, visit here.

Ashburn Alley opens at 5:05 p.m., all gates open at 5:35 p.m. Game time is 7:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on CSN Philly, MLB.TV and SportsRadio 94WIP.

  1. Also on Friday: Donate school supplies for students in need! Collection hosted by Phillies Wives and Cradles to Crayons.

Fans are asked to donate much-needed school supplies for children in the Philadelphia region. Wish list items include: new backpacks, 24-pack crayons, blue or black pens, pencils and pencil cases, pocket folders, notebooks or composition books, pencil sharpeners and erasers, glue sticks, rulers and scissors. Also in need are backpacks stuffed with three blue or black pens and pencils, one pencil sharpener, two pocket folders, and one pencil case, glue stick, ruler and eraser. Phillies Wives and Cradles to Crayons volunteers will be handing out 10% merchandise discount at the Majestic Clubhouse Store to all who donate at the entrance gates.

The school supply drive is part of the Phillies Back-to-School Night special Theme Night ticket offer. Click here for details.

  1. Saturday's Phillies game time moved to 1:05 p.m. Also, it's Oktoberfest! And Mini Phanatic honored on-field as @MLB Phillies Fan of the Year.

Please note: Saturday's game has been selected by FOX and will now begin at 1:05 p.m. (originally scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.), with all gates opening at 11:05 a.m. All tickets for the original Saturday night game will be honored for entry into the day game, which will be broadcast on FOX 29 and SportsRadio 94WIP.

Saturday is also the Phillies Oktoberfest Celebration! Come out and enjoy great German food and entertainment. The first 2,000 fans that purchase tickets through this promotion will receive a coupon for an exclusive Oktoberfest Phillies Hat giveaway in the colors of the German Flag. Click here for ticket information.

And, be on the lookout for four-year old Riley Marciante from South Philadelphia, who will be wearing his mini-Phanatic outfit and recognized for being the @MLB Phillies Fan of the Year. Marciante was selected by fan voting and will be joined by the other candidates in the running. Click here for more details.

  1. On Sunday, be in your seats early for a special presentation to Ryan Howard. Plus, prizes and surprises in store for Fan Appreciation Day, and all fans receive a 2017 Schedule Fathead. Also, game-used and autographed items will be up for bid at Phillies Charities, Inc. Silent Auction.

Join the Phillies for the final game of the season, featuring prizes and surprises throughout the entire game. Plus, all fans will be given a 2017 Schedule Fathead at the entrance gates.

Fans are encouraged to be in their seats for a special pre-game presentation to Ryan Howard, starting at 2:30 p.m. Plus, be sure to stop by the First Base Gate for the final Phillies Charities, Inc. Silent Auction of the year.

All gates open at 1:05 p.m. Game time is 3:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on CSN Philly, MLB.TV and SportsRadio 94WIP.

  1. Phillies' Michael Stiles to receive team's highest honor: The Richie Ashburn Special Achievement Award, presented by the grandson of the late Richie Ashburn.

Also on-field prior to Sunday's game, Taylor Ashburn, the grandson of the late Phillies' Hall of Famer and broadcaster Richie Ashburn, will present Michael Stiles, Phillies Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, with the Richie Ashburn Special Achievement Award, presented annually to an employee who demonstrates the same loyalty, dedication and passion for baseball as the award's namesake.