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Until 2003, the Philadelphia Eagles never had a stadium to call their own. The Eagles did play basically alone for five years in the 1930’s and 1940’s at the stadium which would later be named John F. Kennedy Stadium, but most of the time they used the venues of the Phillies, the old Philadelphia Athletics and even the University of Pennsylvania Quakers.
The Baker Bowl and Connie Mack Stadium were subpar stadiums, especially by the time the Eagles got to play at each. The 1971 opening of Veterans Stadium, shared with the Phillies, gave the team their first modern stadium, but one loved by almost no one. It also showed little life, except for the rat and mouse population who lived in its lower sections. It also deteriorated fast and needed to be replaced desperately, and that is why Lincoln Financial Field was built in 2003
The stadium is architecturally not like most new stadiums. It does not use soft brick colors and other “warm” tones in its design. Instead, it uses sleek steel, glass facades and darker surfaces to make a unique statement. It's both harsh to the eye and welcoming, all at the same time. The stadium also hulks over nearby Interstate I-95.
The team added 14 micro-turbines to the stadium in recent years. They add a unique look to the stadium, as well as providing sustainable energy for the complex. The spinning blades look like something out of Game of Thrones. That only goes to adding to the intimidating look and feel of the stadium.
The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:
Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".
There are many concession stands throughout all areas of the stadium offering the usual options. Beer goes for $8.50 to $11, depending on the size and draught/can. There are also some craft beer locations, but beer will be closer to $12 and up. Hot dogs are $5, although a few kiosks sell a better grilled version for $6. You will also find a decent Italian sausage for $6 at those same kiosks. A gluten-free kiosk is also available.
Regular sodas are $4.25, with a souvenir size available for $6. You will also see some options to get bottled soda, but they will only give it to you with the bottle cap taken off. I guess it does make it harder to throw a full bottle of soda if the cap is off.
Cheesesteaks are found at the general food stands for a decent $9. There will be some better options for cheesesteak at local operators for a dollar or so more. Tony Luke's cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches are great, but will cost a buck or two more, depending on options..
Melt Down is a local chain selling the simple but popular grilled cheese sandwich. They sell a classic for $6.50 with a Baja Melt, Grilled Mac N' Cheese and Cheesesteak variety for $2 more. They also have great sweet potato fries for $8.50.
Marc Vetri's Pizzeria Vetri, located in both the SCA Club and Panasonic Club areas, serves rotolo (ricotta cheese, spicy sopressata and marinara sauce), as well as two square pizzas.
Chickie's and Pete's sells their famous Crab Fries for $10.50. Cheese sauce is $2 extra. They also have a very good chicken cutlet sandwich for $9.
The food trucks in the entrance plaza will also offer a variety of food offerings. One of the main ones will be Brent Celek's Prime Stache food truck, which will be a permanent feature of the area, where it will be joined by a rotating cast of other Philadelphia food trucks. Celek's truck features fish tacos, turkey burgers, meatball sliders, and Stache Burgers.
There are Dunkin' Donuts coffee stands and Rita's Italian Ice locations scattered throughout the stadium.
The tailgate experience for an Eagles game can be pretty amazing. There is no real urban area right nearby, so fans create their own entertainment out in the massive parking lots. Every kind of food and pre game activity imaginable will be seen. The area around the stadium is full of life on game days.
Once you do enter the stadium, you will be in a massive plaza filled with activities. Food trucks offer a good variety of food. Face painting, vendors and games, as well as a tent with a band performing Top 40 hits is located there, as well.
The Eagles have an active group of cheerleaders, as well as a mascot named Swoop, to keep the sidelines busy. The HD screens and scoreboards serve to enhance the whole fan experience to an even larger scale.
Two-thirds of the seats in the stadium are on the sidelines, so there is almost no bad seat in the house. You will be pretty far away from the action near the top, though.
The Eagles fight song "Fly, Eagles Fly," currently performed by the Eagles Pep Band, is used often at Eagles games. For pre game ceremonies and after touchdowns, the video scoreboard provides the lyrics for fans to sing along. The song was written in 1960.
The South Philadelphia Sports Complex, which also includes the nearby Wells Fargo Center and Citizens Bank Park, is located far away from the actual city of Philadelphia. To really experience the city, you would need to take a subway ride into center city.
There are some places, albeit limited, close to the stadium. The Xfinity Live entertainment center is across the street, roughly where the old Spectrum was located. It is overpriced and is not really an entertainment center, but a few bars and restaurants together in one building. The star attraction here is the 32-foot screen at the NBC Sports Arena. The Victory Beer Hall is also another fine venue, especially for local brews. A couple of slightly lesser-known options nearby are McFadden's, located on the first level outside of neighboring Citizens Bank Park and very good Holiday Inn (with a respectable sports bar called, shockingly enough, the Stadium Sports Bar) just past the baseball park.
Famous local sports bar Chickie's and Pete's is relatively close on Packard Avenue. There are hundreds of screens and video game options inside. The food is pretty good, too. The Crab Fries are famous here. You can park at Chickie's and Pete's for some games and they offer a shuttle bus to the games ("The Taxi Crab"). Just make sure you follow parking rules, as they will be quick to tow you if you don't.
Some of the best cheesesteaks are located at Tony Luke's on Oregon Avenue underneath I-95. Don't fall for the more touristy Pat's and Geno's. Tony Luke's offers more options with much better flavor. Tony Luke's can get crowded before games, and still gets its share of tourists. For a more neighborly experience, go to Philip's Steaks at 2234 West Passyunk Avenue. They are located in a safe neighborhood and offer free parking. Philip's also has a surprisingly good cheeseburger, for a cheesesteak joint. Just remember you have to buy the drinks and fries at a different window than your main entree, which is a strange and unique Philly tradition.
The rest of Philadelphia is available to you a short ride away on the Broad Street subway line. A good suggestion is to try out the dive bar atmosphere of Good Dog Bar & Restaurant (224 S 15th Street), where their Mac and Cheese with Corn Flakes comes with an amazing blueberry cornbread. A few other great options are the charcuterie with cheese, duck pot pie and buffalo shrimp po' boy.
Philadelphia sports fans have a certain reputation. It all stems back to the pre Christmas game in 1968 where they threw snowballs at Santa Claus. That is a hard incident to live down. But in truth, they are no more hardcore fans here than in many cities. Wearing a Redskins, Giants or Cowboys jersey to an Eagles game may not be the smartest idea, so use common sense and caution, as the last thing you want to do is prove to the rest of America that they are right on their assumptions of Eagles fans.
The fans enjoy the game, but are cynical and blunt. It may not be the strongest family atmosphere, although you will see fans of all ages in attendance.
The sports complex is located right off of I-95, with massive parking lots in the area. Even with big crowds, there should be no problem with access. Parking will not be cheap, but it will be convenient, as there are over 6,000 spaces available throughout eight lots at shockingly high price of $35 a piece.
If using public transportation, you will likely find yourself using the only corporate-sponsored subway station that I know of, the AT&T station of the Broad Street Line.
The cost of an NFL game is expensive. There is no way around it. You do get a good deal, because of the high entertainment value and the extremely high level of competition. The parking costs, if done correctly and cheaply, can alleviate some of the expense.
Tickets can be expensive, just like any other NFL game. The price will depend on the opponent, but expect games versus the Cowboys, Giants and Redskins, as well as the in-state rival Steelers, to be pretty expensive. During the season, the tickets will cost you at least $100 for upper deck. Check the ticket link at the top of this review for the best deals.
The entrance plaza is such a fun hub of entertainment that it serves to get the crowd entertained, as well as pumped up for the game. Having bands and food trucks in the plaza creates a carnival atmosphere not always seen in the closed-off stadiums of the NFL.
The micro-turbines could be an attraction of their own. Seven on the top of each end zone seating section is a unique site to behold, besides serving as a good deal for the environment.
Look for the Designated Driver stands throughout the section. If you agree not to drink alcohol at an Eagles game, you get a free regular-size soda at any full size concession stand throughout the stadium. It is a good value for the non-drinkers in attendance. Be prepared to show your driver's license for this promotion.
Lincoln Financial Field does many things, all of them very well. Most importantly, it gives the Eagles and their fans a place of their own for the first time in the long history of the franchise. It also gives Philadelphia a home-field advantage that can only help the long-term health of the team. A sports fan will enjoy themselves at Lincoln Financial Field, as finally Philadelphia football has a place to be proud of.
Lincoln Financial Field is smashed in between several NFL venues built along the East Coast within the past 15 years. But, Lincoln Financial Field puts together the best game day experience for all fan types - both those who want to tailgate, those who want to hit a bar or restaurant before the game or those who want to enter the stadium early.
Consider this of the four competing East Coast NFL stadiums - MetLife Stadium (built in 2010), Gillette Stadium (built in 2002) and FedEx Field (built in 1997) are built far away from their respective cities. The only option is to tailgate and that is if you are able to buy your way into a parking lot. Plus, food and drinks are expensive once inside. On the contrary, M&T Bank Stadium (built in 1998) is located in downtown Baltimore. Thus, the only pre-game option is to eat at a restaurant before the game unless you know someone who has a parking permit or buy one on the secondary market.
However, Lincoln Financial Field gives you the best of both worlds and could be the best NFL venue in the Northeast. There are a handful of bars and restaurants to choose from within the immediate vicinity and, if you want, you can plan a tailgate late Saturday night and actually pay for parking on the day of the game. Plus, food and drinks are relatively cheap once you enter the stadium.
Lincoln Financial Field is the home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. Built across the street from the former spot of the not-at-all-missed Veterans Stadium, it is part of the massive Philadelphia Sports Complex, which includes Citizens Bank Park, home of the 2008 World Champion Phillies, and Wells Fargo Center, home of the NHL's Flyers, Arena Football's Soul, and the NBA's 76ers.
The second of the three to be built, The Linc is a vast improvement over the Vet.
I love this stadium. Too bad I won't be going back. The fans are terrible and, frankly, violent. I've been to many baseball games in Philly and even went to a basketball game here. This is a very different town when it comes to football. I live near Philly and have many friends who are diehard Eagles fans. Most of them agree with me about the fans. The prices are typical for the NFL...outrageous. You are much better off going into the city for food or simply stay in a lot that allows tailgating and bring your own food. Philly has a beautiful stadium but it would be nice if it wasn't so far from the city. I think the whole community loses because of the distance.
“Fly Eagles Fly, On the Road to Victory (Fight Fight Fight!).”
There are two ways to view one of the most well-known franchises in the National Football League, the Philadelphia Eagles, established in 1933. The pessimist sees that the Eagles have never won a Super Bowl and haven’t won an NFL Championship since the same year John F. Kennedy was elected President (1960). They note the notoriety of Eagles fans and how they booed and hurled snowballs at Santa Claus in 1968. They also may bring up that the Eagles trail in the all-time series against their two biggest rivals, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants.
“Fight Eagles Fight, Score a Touchdown 1-2-3. (1-2-3!)”
But the Philadelphia Eagles are more than simple numbers or the harassment of Father Christmas. Philadelphia is where greats like Reggie White, Chuck Bednarik and Brian Dawkins played and had their numbers retired. The Eagles’ fan base also consistently ranks among the best in the league, placing first in a 2008 Forbes survey and third in both a 1999 and 2006 American City Business Journal survey. Moreover, the 1968 Eagles team was 2-11 going into the infamous Santa Claus game. Fans had to clear three inches of slush and snow before taking their seat, temperatures were in the low 20s and wind gusts were upwards of 30 miles per hour. The fact that there were over 54,000 people at the game to boo and harass Ol’ Saint Nick despite these miserable conditions is just one example of why Eagles fans are considered some of the most loyal and passionate in the entire league.
“Hit ‘Em Low, Hit ‘Em High. And Watch Our Eagles Fly.”
The Eagles’ "nest", so to speak, is Lincoln Financial Field, commonly known as "The Linc." The Eagles moved to this venue in 2003 after over 30 years at Veterans Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium that that was also the home of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. In February 1999, Pennsylvania approved stadium funding for the Eagles to move and a stadium deal was reached in December 2000. Construction for the new Lincoln Financial Field began in 2001 and on August 3, 2003, the first event played on Lincoln Financial Field was a soccer friendly between Barcelona and Manchester United. On August 22 the Eagles played their first preseason game at their new venue against the New England Patriots and then on Monday Night Football in Week 1, the Eagles played their first regular-season game at The Linc against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Today, Lincoln Financial Field plays host to Eagles football and Temple University football, while the annual Army-Navy football game is also played there. The stadium is within walking distance of both Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies (MLB) and the Wells Fargo Center, home of the 76ers (NBA), Flyers (NHL), Wings (NLL) and Soul (AFL).
“Fly Eagles Fly, On The Road To Victory.”
Lincoln Financial Field is a wonderful sports venue for everyone from diehard Eagles fans to casual onlookers. There is truly a home-field advantage to be had here, and even with some minor hiccups along the way, the full Lincoln Financial Field experience for any visitor is as memorable as the team's one of a kind fight song.
Granted, my visit to the "Link" occurred during preseason, but I was very impressed with the facility. Due to traffic, we arrived in Philly only about a half hour before kickoff, but were able to get off the highway, park, get a drink, and get to our seats before kickoff. There is the advantage of having one large sports complex right off the highway. The disadvantage is that there are few (if any) good options for before or after the game. The stadium had wide, spacious concourses and varied concessions. I recommend the crab fries. The fans were nowhere near as rude as their reputation, but I guess that this ranking would drop a little during the regular season. All in all, it was a pleasant visit. Bonus points for the working windmills and open design, as well as the delightfully dated fight song.
Painful exiting from the parking lot here onto 95S. Best to park on the street away from the lots if you can. Fans cheered Andy and Donovan but left early. Many drunks and one big fight. Atmosphere hampered by the Eagles falling behind early. Still, a beautiful stadium and wind turbines on the top of each end are a nice addition.
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