Construction Cost: $512 million
Lincoln Financial Field or The Linc, home of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Temple Owls, opened in 2003. This was the second NFL Stadium I had visited. I was 14 years old when I went to a Cowboys @ Eagles game in 2007. I was excited to see what the hype was about surrounding the notoriously rowdy Eagles fans, and considering I wore my Cowboys jersey, they certainly did not disappoint.
I specifically remember walking through the parking lot that night, Sunday, Nov. 4, and I knew quicker than ever I was in enemy territory. I was used to being the outsider, the minority fan in Giants stadium. But there was a big difference I realized right away. At Giants games, fans will shout and scream at you while walking through the parking lot; but at the Eagles game I went to, it was quite the opposite. I remember being stared at – Eagles fans were just waiting for me to say the wrong thing. It was pretty intimidating, and it probably had a lot to do with the Eagles having a losing record while the Cowboys were at the top of the NFC East.
Regardless, the experience was awesome and one that I will always remember. Dallas dominated the game, and I got to see Eagles fans in their true colors. Angry, rowdy and inconsiderate. I remember there was a family of Cowboys fans in front of me. Two of the fans, presumably the couple’s children, were harassed. “Don’t bring your kids to a Sunday night game if you don’t want to hear the noise!” I remember hearing vividly. All in all, it was awesome, and that was who Eagles fans were. They didn’t care who you were – if you were cheering for the opposing team, especially a rival like the Cowboys, you were going to hear “the noise.”
I liked the stadium and especially liked the location – The South Philadelphia Sports Complex is the home of The Linc (Eagles), the Wells Fargo Center (Flyers and 76ers), and Citizens Bank park (Phillies). Each stadium is pretty much next to each other, which I found cool because I felt I saw three all at once. Although the fans aren’t particularly nice, I still enjoyed the stadium and thought it was a perfect fit for the Eagles.
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Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture taken from me since it was so long ago.