Additional Details Announced For Saturday's Harry Kalas Memorial Tribute
Beginning at 8:00 a.m., on a first come, first served basis, fans will have the opportunity to pay their respects on the field as they pass by Harry's casket which will be located behind home plate. To accommodate as many fans as possible, the starting time of the memorial tribute program has been moved back to 1:30 p.m.
Fans will pass by the casket until approximately 12:45 p.m. at which time all persons in attendance will be directed to seats. Beginning at approximately 1:00 p.m., current and former players -- some of whom are traveling great distances to be here to pay their final respects -- broadcasters, front office employees, and friends and family members will pay their final respects before the on-field tribute begins at 1:30 p.m.
Fans will be directed to enter Citizens Bank Park through the Third Base Gate at Pattison Avenue and Citizens Bank Way and will be asked to leave the ballpark through the First Base Gate. Although fans are not being asked to bring flowers or other mementos, if they choose to do so such items should be left in the area of the Mike Schmidt statue prior to entry at the Third Base Gate.
Parking will be free. Fans are encouraged to park in the lots on the west side of the ballpark, located on the site of the former Veterans Stadium. Limited concession stands will be open.
All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative program, an 8"x10" photograph of Harry and a poem written by him in 2002 as a fan tribute.
Additional information will be made public as soon as details are finalized.
Funeral services and burial will be private and held early next week.
The Phillies also announced players will wear HK uniform patches for the rest of the season.
The black circular HK patch will be located on the front of the jersey in the area of the heart.
The Phillies return home on Friday night to play San Diego at 7:05. The Phillies will also pay tribute to Harry prior to the game.
Fans are urged to arrive early.
An autopsy performed Tuesday showed Kalas died of cardiovascular disease.
A spokeswoman at the Washington D.C. chief medical examiner's office said Harry Kalas, who died Monday, had high blood pressure and suffered from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The disease, in which plaque buildup restricts blood flow in arteries, is a major cause of heart attacks and strokes.
Kalas died at the age of 73 after collapsing in the broadcast booth before the Phillies' 9-8 win over the Washington Nationals.
Kalas is survived by his wife and three sons, including Todd, a broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Rays.
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