Coca-Cola Park in Allentown will be the home to the Phillies new Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The parent club helps break in the new facility this afternoon at 2 p.m.
This is a great day for sports fans in the Lehigh Valley, who’ve been starved for affiliated baseball for far too long. Opening day (April 11) is sold out, a sign of things to come for the state’s third-largest metropolitan region. Pulling in fans from Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and Philipsburg, N.J., along with their affluent suburbs, it won’t take long for this franchise to be seen as one of the class operations in Minor League baseball. For the Phillies, who also have a financial stake in the new franchise, it brings their highest levels of the minors into a nice, neat, expressway-linked base of operations. Coca-Cola Park will be well worth a visit.
As for the Phillies, they have one-last shot to work out the kinks before tomorrow’s game against the Nationals, who open their new stadium tonight against Atlanta. This afternoon’s game will air locally on channels 57 and 15. For a link of IronPigs regular-season broadcast information, click here.