Itinerant Fan

Lincoln Financial Field

Philadelphia needs not do anything to prove itself as a passionate sports town, and for evidence of that you can attend a home game for either the Phillies, Flyers or 76ers. But truth be told, Philly fans really save their greatest passion for the city’s NFL team. For proof, you can also attend a home game of one of the three teams mentioned above. Depending on how close you are to football season, chances are at least 50-50 you’ll hear someone break out an “E-A-G-L-E-S! Eagles!” at an opportune moment.

Yes, Philadelphia LOVES its Eagles. And of course, to really get a sense of that, you’ll have to go see an Eagles home game. Lincoln Financial Field was opened in 2003 to replace the venerable but aging Veterans Stadium, and since then it’s been ground central for a fan base that’s been starving for a championship (the Eagles have played in two Super Bowls but haven’t won a title since 1960, in the pre-Super Bowl era).

At any Eagles game at the Linc, you’ll find loud and fervent (some would say intimidating) Eagles backers, but you’ll also find a beautiful stadium in which to watch football.

  •   The Approach

    Like the city’s other pro sports venues, Citizens Bank Park and Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field is located in the Sports Complex area of town, a few miles south of Center City via Broad Street. The stadium is tucked into a plot of land along Interstate 95 as it winds its way across the Schuylkill River and toward Philadelphia International Airport — if you’re driving along I-95, the Linc is REALLY hard to miss, as the opening credits of a certain TV series set in Philly shows.

    The most common access points for drivers are the Broad Street/Pattison Avenue exit off I-95 and the Broad Street and Packer Avenue exits off I-76 (aka the Schuylkill Expressway), though as you can imagine, all of them get rather clogged around gametime. Because of all the venues being clustered together, there’s plenty of parking around, though expect the closest lots to the Linc to be filled up with tailgaters by as much as four hours before the game. General admission parking is $40 as of the 2015 season; view a parking map here.

    If you’d rather not drive, the Broad Street Line of Philly’s SEPTA subway system has its southern terminus at the corner of Broad and Pattison streets (don’t let the corporate-sponsored name, AT&T Station, fool you). Once you emerge from the station, expect a pretty lengthy walk across a few parking lots to get to the stadium in the distance. SEPTA usually increases its service for big events at the Sports Complex.

  •   The Build-Up

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    Tailgating is certainly where it’s at here, as it is at nearly all NFL venues. The most intense tailgating scenes tend to take place in the lots between the Linc and Wells Fargo Center, though truthfully fans in just about every lot bring their best tailgate game.

    But if you haven’t come equipped to tailgate, there are a few options nearby. The most prominent is Xfinity Live, a sports-themed cluster of restaurants and bars built on the site of the old Spectrum arena, just north of Wells Fargo Center. There’s also McFadden’s, a popular bar at Citizens Bank Park.

    If you’re willing to venture a little farther out, though, you’ll find two places well known to local Philly fans: Chickie and Pete’s, famous for its crab fries (which are also sold inside the Linc, as well as the other two venues), and the Philadium, a favorite tavern for sports fans. Both establishments are located along Packer Avenue, just west of Broad Street.

  •   The Ambiance

    Eagles fans will tell you that the Linc doesn’t have the character of the old Vet — a pretty expansive club level and the number of suites inside the new stadium are the two biggest differences between the venues — but these are Eagles fans we’re talking about, so the passion is there no matter what the stadium is like.

    Now, a lot has been said and written over the years about how visiting fans may be treated there, and if you’re going to root for the visiting team, you certainly do have to exercise caution that you don’t unnecessarily rankle the masses (as is the case at several other NFL stadiums), but oftentimes it’s a case of a few drunken fools giving everyone else a bad rap.

    That said, try to enjoy what the Linc does have to offer: Wide concourses, good sightlines and a wide selection of food and drink, including the aforementioned Chickie and Pete’s crab fries as well as cheesesteaks (of course, from Tony Luke’s), BBQ (from stands named after former Eagles Mike Quick and Harold Carmichael), soft pretzels and Rita’s Italian Ice.

The Particulars

Home Teams
Philadelphia Eagles
Temple Owls

Address
1020 Pattison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Year Opened
2003

Capacity
69,176

Upcoming Events
All times local
Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles
Monday, December 25, 2017
8:30 pm
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Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, December 31, 2017
1:00 pm
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NFC Wild Card Or Divisional Round Game: TBD at Philadelphia Eagles (Date TBA)
Saturday, January 6, 2018
3:30 am
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NFC Championship Game: TBD at Philadelphia Eagles (Date TBA)
Sunday, January 21, 2018
3:30 am
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Kenny Chesney with Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion
Saturday, June 9, 2018
5:00 pm
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