Get Ready For the Worst Traffic In Philadelphia History Tonight
Tonight the Phillies will play in front of a sold-out crowd for game 2 of the NLCS at Citizens Bank. Also, it is the Flyers’ Home Opener at the Wells Fargo Center. Oh, and Lincoln Financial Field is Sold Out for a Soccer Match between Germany and Mexico. If that sounds like a lot of people in the Sports Complex at one time, you would be correct. Traffic is going to be a bit of a nightmare.
The Wells Fargo Center seats 19,600 people for hockey games. With it being the home opener, and Flyers fans being very dedicated, it is likely they will be near that even with the Flyers being bad this year. Citizens Bank Park fits 42,901 people. Every single one of those seats will have someone standing in front of them, even if no one ever sits in them. The Linc has a capacity of 67,594 people. And they are expected to have a sell-out crowd. Not surprising considering how well Mexico’s fans travel.
That is 130,095 people. And that is just who is in the Stadiums. Xfinity Live is usually packed as well with people who didn’t want to spend the crazy prices for playoff tickets but still wanted to be part of the atmosphere. It can fit up to 6000 people. Not only is that a lot of people, that is a lot of cars trying to get to South Philly at roughly the same time.
One saving grace is the Flyers start at 6. 2 hours before both the Phillies game and Soccer Match begin. So that should alleviate things a bit. But even if you leave them out that is still over 100,000 people all trying to get to the Sports Complex at the same time.
So if you are going to the game, or just need to be anywhere near South Philly, prepare for some hellish traffic. The traffic at the Sports Complex is a nightmare when one game is being played. But 3 stadiums, all packed with people, playing at around the same time? This could be the worst traffic we have ever seen in Philadelphia. You thought when the Pope came here it was bad? This could be even worse.