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Report: Lincoln Financial Field to Undergo ‘Revitalization’

May 21, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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While the home field of the Eagles is only celebrating its 10th birthday this year, that doesn’t mean Lincoln Financial Field couldn’t use a few updates. The NFL agreed on Tuesday, approving financial support for the organization to perform renovations aimed at improving the stadium experience.

Just what type of new bells and whistles can fans expect to see? Team president Don Smolenski didn’t offer much in the way of details in an official statement, however Philly Mag’s Tim McManus dug back to a piece from Sports Business Journal last summer that might shed some light on the plans.

The preconstruction RFP states that after 10 years of use, the stadium renovation will “improve video technology to current HD standards and update guest amenities in response to feedback received from longstanding season ticket holders, premium partners and sponsors.”

In order of importance, the document lists the priorities as video board replacements, seating bowl fill-ins in the northeast and southwest corners, new field-level clubs, renovations to clubs on the east and west sides, suite improvements and gate entry upgrades.

McManus suggests some of the specifics may have changed in the past year, but at the time the project was expected to cost between $60 and $100 million.

HD-video improvements sound like a no-brainer given how much technology has progressed over the past decade. Seating bowl fill-ins sounds like a euphemism for more seats. Perhaps the most interesting refurb on that list are field-level clubs – I would be curious to see how they find room for that, and whether there truly is high demand for such a thing.

The rest of that stuff sounds like your run-of-the-mill fresh coat of paint and new screen doors job. Although with respect to gate entry upgrades, anything that gets you into the building faster can’t be a bad thing.

Again, none of the specifics are confirmed, but overall it sounds like a series of welcome additions are coming to the Linc, some of which could possibly be finished by the time the first preseason game is played according to McManus. We’re anxious to learn exactly what’s in store.

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  1. dino7 - May 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Re “gate entry upgrades”:
    Somehow the Eagles will figure a way to make entry into the stadium take even longer than it already does with their “upgrades”.

    They’ve had 10 years to figure it out but can’t.

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    • Matt M - May 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      I worked at the Linc last season. I can tell you that the easiest gate to get into is the old handicapped entrance to the right of the Northeast Gate. Also, we used metal detection wands, and a lot of the backup and congestion was the fault of fans not listening to instructions to take all metal and electronic devices out of their pockets PRIOR to being searched by stadium employees.

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      • dino7 - May 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        Doesn’t explain all the delays for the 9 years PRIOR to using the metal detection wands. I feel some of it is done on purpose, to try and get people into the stadium a full hour before the game hoping that they will spend money on food, beverage, etc. as they are trying to kill time waiting for the game to start.

        No reason why it should take more than a half hour to go through a gate and walk to your seats. Anything greater is ridiculous. Unfortunately it seems 40-50 minutes is the “standard” (not gold mind you) for getting people into the stadium.

        I did find a shorter way in I used last season that seems to get you through more efficiently, but once the word is out everybody will be in that line also.

      • Matt M - May 22, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        Not necessarily saying you’re wrong, some people at the gates do move slow and that was a reason why they moved to wands last year. But considering probably 80% of the people at the game don’t usually start heading to the gate until about 25 minutes before kickoff, you’re always going to have a log jam like that. No stadium can handle that many people coming through in that condensed time frame. Plus there are more entries around the Northeast gate. There’s an entrance on the Darien Street and the Interactive Zone gate between the NE and Comcast gates. We’ve tried to direct people towards those gates in order to speed up their access to the stadium and people never moved.

  2. Bleed Green - May 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    The corner on the I-95 side of the stadium needs to be closed! The stadium is not loud at all. Even during playoff games it is not loud. No reason why that part of the stadium was ever left open. Kickers will also benefit with the swirling wind effects that come off the Delaware River into the stadium.

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  3. Adam B. - May 21, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    The most important thing they could add would be additional escalators and elevators to the upper deck. It’s shameful just how hard it is to get in and out.

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    • Matt M - May 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Yes, the stadium does need more escalators, and open the elevators to the general public.

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  4. Joann C. - May 21, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I agree with Adam B. Getting out of the stadium from the upper levels during normal times is pathetic, during an emergency it could be a tragedy.

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  5. Mikey - May 21, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    More solar panels?

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    • psudrozz - May 22, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      waste of money

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  6. Mike - May 21, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Are they finally going to clean the tap lines? The draft beer at the Linc tastes like a wedding hall that never cleans the pipes.

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  7. willh888 - May 21, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    turf

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  8. Phil C - May 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    I agree with many of the previous comments… Exiting the upper deck is horrific! Whomever decided to place the ramps next to escalators that often break down ought to go back to engineering school. When you attempt to leave the stadium there is just one huge mass of bodies trying to get to the escalators. Oh, and if you sit in a midfield section like me, good luck trying to access the ramps or get to the stairs at the end… It’s next to impossible.

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    • Matt M - May 22, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      I agree, that’s also the event of the event staff. They’re supposed to direct people to the easiest exit, and that’s almost NEVER the escalator. There are stairs off to the side of the escalator that I never saw a lot of people use since they’re pretty hidden.

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  9. Shirley C - May 21, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I sit in the upper bowl at mid field. Exiting is a nightmare. Hopefully they have a plan to rectifynthis situation before adding even more seats.

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    • Mike - May 21, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      Last year, they attempted to address that issue by giving fans no reason to stick around past the 3rd quarter.

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      • Matt M - May 22, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        LOL and trust me it made that job sooooo much easier.

      • BenE. - May 22, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        Comment of the year

  10. Kevin - May 21, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Wishful thinking, but maybe they’ll paint over all the midnight green with something more… (chip) kelly green?

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  11. psudrozz - May 22, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    slides from the upper deck to the parking lots.

    i’ve been to two games at the linc. while it’s still better than the vet, the experience was still awful.

    just not sure why people go any more. too expensive, too much of a hassle. i’ll stay at home.

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  12. lordhelmet23 - May 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    I can’t put my finger on exactly why, but The Linc has never been a stadium that I think positively about, even going back to the first year it opened and everything was brand new. It’s just very dark and dreary and I don’t particularly like going there.

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    • Matt M - May 22, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Yeah, plus the in-game atmosphere is very stale. You can set your watch to what happens during the games (videoboard promotions, music etc.)

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  13. BenE. - May 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    The biggest problem with the Linc, which they’ll most likely never be able to fix, is its lack of character. Maybe we were spoiled (ironically) with the outdated and crumbling Vet in its latter years.

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    • willh888 - May 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      vet didn’t have cute little cut outs and stand alone ‘nest’ seating. Places like M & T completely surround the action which creates quite an atmosphere. Linc just reminds me of a big high school gym. Keep the lower bowl and just start over with the uppers, club

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    • 2sense - May 23, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Yea both your points are dead-on. For ten years my wife’s go-to line has been, “The Linc looks and feels like they never finished it.” The environment is uninviting, right down to the fact that if you leave your seat for any reason, there’s no place anywhere to stop and see a big play happening. Even the Georgia Dome (worst dreary concrete arena anywhere) allows fans to see over the last row of lower bowl seats when walking around. And no, watching a walkway-area TV with mismatched audio does not count as an “at game” experience…

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