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Official Review by Kurt Smith, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
The Temple Owls play at Lincoln Financial Field, which also happens to be the home of the beloved hometown Philadelphia Eagles. When you see a game against say, Fordham, though, it’s a bit of a surprise that a team would play in a stadium that seats five times the capacity of the crowd. But when Penn State comes to town, they probably make up the difference.
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Since most Temple home games don't feature a large crowd, there aren't a lot of available food stands open except on the lower level concourse. Fans have a choice of Chickie's and Pete's crab fries...always a hit...and Seasons Pizza, which is a rather inferior pizza even as stadium pizza goes. There are other generic stands that sell dogs and sausages and such. So it's not that you don't have a selection or even Philly-style options, but Citizens Bank Park it's definitely not.
As always, expect to overpay for these items, although the price of Chickie's and Pete's fries isn't too much higher than at the actual restaurant itself.
Unless a high-profile opponent is in town, the view of Lincoln Financial Field during a Temple game is of mostly empty seats. Unless you like looking at the Eagles painted into the top level sections (which is kinda neat), it's not the most exciting of sports atmospheres. That's not to say Temple fans aren't enthusiastic; there just aren't that many of them.
Now that the Xfinity Live! Complex has arisen where the old Spectrum was, there are a few decent options for pre or post-game food or drink. Xfinity Live is a building with several different eateries and bars dedicated to Philly and its sports like the Broad Street Bullies Pub, the Victory Beer Hall, and an Original Philly Cheesesteak shop. It's not a bad place to watch a game on a big TV, for that matter. In addition to Xfinity, there is the venerable Chickie's and Pete's on Packer Avenue with their famous crab fries, and McFadden's Pub in Citizens Bank Park (and its waitresses) is across Pattison Avenue. So while there may not be any inexpensive dives, the Philly Sports complex isn't just stadiums anymore.
Temple football fans don't show up in great numbers. There were probably about 6,000 in my last visit for a game against Fordham in Sept, 2013, but they don't lack enthusiasm. They can get pretty loud on a Temple score, and they are technically Philly fans and bring a little bit of that reputation with them...meaning they are loyal whether the team is winning or not, not that they would be willing to throw snowballs at Santa Claus.
There's plenty of parking for Temple games in the Philly sports complex, and actually finding a spot isn't likely to be a problem...it's just that the cost of parking, which ranges from $10-$20 depending on the distance from the stadium, may be a bit high for your taste. The parking cost is probably due to the appeal of the tailgating, so if you have no plans to tailgate, you can use the Broad Street Line. The Linc is a couple hundred yards from the AT&T Sports Complex Station, and the round trip on SEPTA isn't too much. It's especially good coming from New Jersey and PATCO.
Considering that the cheapest ticket for an Owls game is $16.50, which would include additional fees whether you bought the tickets through the Owls or through StubHub (you could probably get them at the box office without the fees, however), whether or not you believe you're getting your money's worth would depend on how much of a Temple football fan you are. For just seeing a college football game at the Linc, that might be a tad on the high side, but hey, it's still college football.
One point for always being able to get a seat for most games, and a point for an increasingly worthwhile tailgating scene. Temple is improving in that regard.
Member Review by JVerlin
Though the Temple Owls play in the "lowly" Mid-American Conference, they're lucky to have one of the best facilities in the country thanks to their partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles and their gameday use of Lincoln Financial Field. For fans, this partnership is both a blessing and a curse - while game attendees get high-quality video boards, great viewing lines, and good food, they also lose some of the collegiate charm (and lower prices) that other stadiums might offer.
Member Review by Josh A on Aug 22, 2012
Temple is out of place in this stadium. Even with free student tickets, there's no kind of student support for the team. They should build an on-campus 30,000 seat stadium. The new bar scene around the sports complex is nice.
Member Review by ElCapitan1983 on Dec 04, 2013
I've been to a couple of Temple games (Cincy-2012 & Houston-2013) over the past few years and the amenities of the Linc (Chickie and Petes Crab Fries!) are easily one of the best parts of the experience. XFINITY LIVE is a collection of bars/restaurants right outside the Stadium and is a MUST for anyone attending a game.
What the Temple tailgate lacks in size (quite a bit), it makes up for in loyalty (I remember seeing the same faces in the same spot both visits) . Attendance wasn't too impressive at either game I attended so hopefully rumors of the on campus stadium turn out to be true.
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