June 9, 2013
Philadelphia Eagles fans will soon be provided with an improved stadium experience, as the team has unveiled a revitalization plan that will go into effect over the next two years.
The Philadelphia Eagles will upgrade Lincoln Financial Field over the next two years through a series of projects that aim to enhance the fan experience through better convenience, comfort, and connection.
Lincoln Financial Field, the team's home since 2003, will undergo a series of revitalizations over the next two years. Upon completion prior to the start of the 2014 season, the stadium will have improved amenities for all fans including new HD video boards, Wi-Fi installation, and bridges that will connect both sides of the upper concourse. In addition, the stadium will expand by 1,600 seats to accommodate nearly 70,000 fans.
The team also released a video detailing some of the new changes.
The revitalization will cost a cool $125 million, and fans are sure to love the HD video boards at both end zones:
As well as additional seating throughout the stadium:
And, of course, free Wi-Fi within the stadium! Now you don't have to pay data fees to check your fantasy football lineup during the game.
As Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com notes, the main goal is to get people into the stadium, plain and simple.
Why all the changes? Teams are competing with the couch, essentially.
Watching the games at home in HD with quick access to your fantasy scores and the Red Zone channel is good living. The quality of the home-viewing experience “requires teams to be very vigilant about investing in their relatively new stadiums,” said [owner Jeffrey] Lurie. “You can let it play out until you are really sort of behind the 8-ball as a stadium; why not take it and be ahead of the curve? That’s what this is all about.”
No public funds are being used for this renovation, according to the team. The money will come from the Eagles, and the NFL will be providing financing support. This project is completely separate from the green initiative (solar panels, etc.) going on at the Linc.
As team owner Jeffrey Lurie told McManus, the hope is that these new changes will also make Philadelphia a more appealing candidate to host a Super Bowl, should the outdoor experiment in New York be a success.
Who knows? Maybe by the time that actually happens, new coach Chip Kelly will have this Eagles team competing in the game. Hey, Eagles fans are allowed to dream, right?
It's been an offseason of change for the Eagles. It seems only fitting that the stadium should get some new upgrades as well.
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