More than 68,000 fans will fill Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday when the Eagles play their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Eagles)
Football is back at Lincoln Financial Field!
The home to both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Temple Owls is officially in regular season mode as the Eagles host their 2012 home-opener this Sunday, September 16, while the Owls have already played their first two home games at the Linc.
Below is our guide on how to experience the Linc on gameday, covering transportation to to the new food offerings, to everything in between.
Lincoln Financial Field, like the Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park and the Sixers and Flyers’ Wells Fargo Center, is a just quick subway ride from Center City on the Broad Street Line – a convenient and affordable way to avoid any stadium traffic.
If you chose to drive, no problem. The Linc offers plenty of parking immediately surrounding the stadium – perfect for some pregame tailgating.
Whether you’re catching a primetime Eagles game or Temple battling a Big East foe on a Saturday afternoon, tailgating is the perfect way to get excited before the game. Parking lots generally open five hours prior to gametime and while it is permitted and encouraged, tailgating is prohibited in Lots Q-W and the lot near the Nova Care Complex. Click here to check out Lincoln Financial Field’s parking map.
For those who prefer to enjoy pre-game festivities outside of the parking lots, the recently opened XFINITY Live is the perfect place. The giant dining and entertainment venue is located right inside the South Philly sports complex and offers restaurants, bars and both indoor and outdoor space. A great spot to hang out before, during and after the game.
XFINITY Live will be kicking off the Eagles home schedule with a full weekend of activities. Highlights for the home opener weekend at XFINITY Live include:
• Every major college football game will be available throughout the complex on Saturday starting at noon, including the 32-foot Sony Big Screen at the NBC Sports Arena.
• XFINITY Live! Philadelphia outdoor plaza opens at 7 a.m. on Sunday
• The famous Starboard Bloody Mary Bar from Dewey Beach, Delaware will be available all day
• Beer & ice will be available to-go from the outdoor plaza for tailgaters.
• Victory Beer Hall will be offering complimentary breakfast sandwiches starting at 10 a.m., while supplies last
• The band, The Rockets, will play in the outdoor plaza pre- and post-game
• XFINITY Live! is partnering with McFadden’s Ballpark to offer one pass that will give guests access to both venues on Eagles home games.
Located just inside the gates of Lincoln Financial Field’s North end is Headhouse Plaza, a 100,000 square foot plaza with a giant television screen, food trucks and vendors, games, entertainment and much more. For Eagles games, Headhouse Plaza opens three hours prior to kickoff.
Watching the Game
With only eight home games, Eagles games to tend to sell out quickly. Luckily, there are other ways to enjoy football at Lincoln Financial Field.
Continue reading, below.
Standing Room Tickets
Besides purchasing game tickets second-hand, standing room tickets can often be a great way to get inside the Linc and check out a game in-person. The stadium has a number of areas with views of the field and the jumbotron, including designated standing room areas and the ramps that lead to the upper level.
Lincoln Financial Field is also home to Temple Football. Temple, who recently joined the powerful Big East athletic conference, will host some of the nation’s best teams at the Linc. The Owls have put together several winning seasons in a row and the buzz around the program continues to build. Single game tickets start at $20; check out the Owls’ 2012 schedule, here.
Food and Beer
The Linc offers fans a wide variety of food options, from traditional fare like Tony Luke’s cheesesteaks and soft pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory to delicious gourmet sandwiches and a huge selection vegetarian items (Lincoln Financial Field has been named the NFL’s most vegetarian friendly stadium for the past two years).
New for 2012
Fans can enjoy a number of new food options this season, including two new exclusive menu items:
• Pass Interference Sandwich – Roasted pork with arugula, fontina cheese, garlic jus on a seeded Italian roll
• Italian Market Nachos – Homemade sausage Bolognese, mozzarella cheese sauce, house made ricotta and fresh jalapenos on a bed of corn chips
Also, local shop Melt Down Grilled Cheese will be offering assorted gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
Top Chef Kevin Sbraga
For fans with club level tickets, Chef Kevin Sbraga has developed a signature sandwich, exclusive to Lincoln Financial Field:
• The Sloppy Jose: Short rib and chorizo, topped with queso chihuahua and slaw
Many of last season’s most popular items will be available again this year, including the popular “Chop Block” sandwich and other stadium favorites like “The Schmitter,” Chickies and Pete’s famous crab fries, cheesesteaks from Tony Luke’s and Rick Steaks and more.
Also, Dapper Dog and rotation of other local food trucks will once again be stationed at Headhouse Plaza before and during the game.
In addition to its wide selection of domestic and import offerings, the Linc has a variety of local beer available to fans, including:
• Victory Brewing Company: Victory Lager (bottle and draft)
• Yards Brewing Company: Philadelphia Pale Ale, Yards IPA, Yards Brawler
• Phila. Brewing Company: Kenzinger, Walt Wit, Rowhouse Red
• DogFish Head 90 Minute IPA
• Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale (bottle and draft)
To purchase tickets to Eagles and Owls 2012 home games, visit www.philadelphiaeagles.com and www.owlstix.com.
Home Opener — Philadelphia Eagles vs. Baltimore Ravens
When: Sunday, September 16, 1 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
More info: www.philadelphiaeagles.com