New stadium big hit with Birds fans

By Kendall Neil
September 4, 2003

Cecelia Francisco

On Monday Sept. 8th at 9 p.m., the Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This will be a familiar match up to all the Philly fans who sat and watched the Eagles fall short to a bid to the Super Bowl just last season. There is however, a huge difference that will change this setting; a $512 million difference to be exact.

The Lincoln Financial Field will be opening its doors to approximately 3,180 more fans than Veterans stadium could hold. With a seating capacity of 68,532, the “Linc,” as it has become commonly referred to, is the newest addition to the Philadelphia area. Everything in the Linc is superior to Veterans Stadium, including the prices. New additions are the Eagles Pro Shop, club seats and lounges, and family restrooms. 308 concession stands are scattered throughout the complex, including an array of Philly favorites, ice cream, pizza, and deli sandwiches.

Senior Will Harmon is most excited about the seats in the new stadium; “They’re actually GREEN! I also like the large view screen and the single game tickets only went up $10. The turf is grass, which will cut down significantly on injuries. I was there for the Bruce Springsteen concert and the atmosphere of the well designed stadium is amazing.”

Speaking of seats, there isn’t a bad one in the whole stadium. And just in case there is any question about being able to see the action on the field, two Daktronics-HDTV at 27’x96′ and one at 14’x25′, everyone is sure to see the Eagles hopefully soar to a successful season.

Senior Ryan Dixon is happy that the Eagles organization eased up on some of the restrictions that were placed on bringing food and beverages into the stadium; “I think the stadium is really nice from what I hear, and I think it was cool they eased on some of the rules to please fans, but no water fountains on the main level is kind of cheap.”

So while the Vet will be missed, the best part is being brought right across the street; Fly Eagles fly, on the road to victory…E-A-G-L-E-S…Eagles!

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