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Lincoln Financial Field, familiarly known as "The Linc", is the home stadium of the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles. It has a seating capacity of 68,532 (69,032 with Standing Room Only tickets). It is located in South Philadelphia on Pattison Avenue between 11th and 10th Streets, also aside I-95 as part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complexmarker.

The Stadium opened on August 3, 2003 after 2 years of construction beginning in May 7, 2001 and replaced the old Veterans Stadiummarker. While its total capacity barely changed, the new stadium contained double the amount of luxury and wheelchair-accessible seats, along with the newer, more modern services. Like the Vet, Lincoln Financial Field had a jail inside the stadium, that contained four cells. However, this jail was done away within two years as the level of unruly behavior had dropped considerably from the worst days of the Vet. The Linc also plays host to several soccer games each year, and in the past two years it has played host to the NCAA lacrosse national championship.

Naming rights were granted in June 2002 to Lincoln Financial Group for a sum of $139.6 million over 21 years. Additional construction funding was raised from the sale of Stadium Builder's Licenses to Eagles season ticket holders.

The Army–Navy football game is also played at the stadium. Temple Universitymarker's Division I FBS college football team also plays their home games at Lincoln Financial Field, paying the Eagles $1 million a year to do so.

Notable events

  • August 3, 2003: Lincoln Financial Field hosted its first ticketed event, a soccer match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona.
  • August 22, 2003: The Philadelphia Eagles hosted the New England Patriots in the first pre-season football game at Lincoln Financial Field.
  • September 6, 2003: Lincoln Financial Field hosted its first regular-season college football game, a college matchup of local Philadelphia rivals: Villanovamarker and Temple. Villanova prevailed 23–20 in double overtime.
  • September 8, 2003: The Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers competed on Monday Night Football in the first regular-season NFL game at Lincoln Financial Field. The game was referenced as the “Inaugural Game” at Lincoln Financial Field. The Buccaneers defeated the Eagles in their new home, the same as they did in the Eagles' last game in Veteran's Stadium.
  • January 23, 2005: In the team's fourth consecutive NFC Championship Game appearance, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons 27–10. The win sent the Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • September 23, 2007: Wearing 1933 throwback uniforms celebrating the team's 75th anniversary, the Eagles set multiple team records in a 56–21 victory over the Detroit Lions; the second most points in team history. It was the first time the Eagles ever had a passer (Donovan McNabb), a receiver (Kevin Curtis), and a rusher (Brian Westbrook) in the same game.

Eagles Playoff Games


  • For the inaugural season at Lincoln Financial Field (2003), the Eagles imposed a ban on hoagies and cheesesteaks being brought into the stadium, citing security concerns related to the events of September 11. The ban only lasted one week after much debate by fans and radio personalities.
  • During the 2006 season, fans reported swaying on one of the pedestrian bridges that connects the upper levels. Articles were written in local newspapers and broadcast on the local news. Outside parties tested the bridges' stability and found no problem.
  • Prior to the first Eagles game of the 2007 season, a ruling was made concerning a Philadelphia and national tradition: tailgating. While the Eagles did not ban the act entirely, they did ban the use of tables and tents as well as the purchasing of more than one parking spot per vehicle. Prices were also doubled to forty dollars for RVs and buses, and twenty dollars for cars. Fans have been reported to be upset.


There are 172 Luxury Suites at Lincoln Financial Field. They range in capacity from 12 to 40 people and cost $75,000 to $300,000 per year or $20,000 for a single game rental. They include 12-20 tickets per game, 2-4 valet parking passes, and additional perks such as private restrooms and visits from the Eagles cheerleading squad. Catering costs an additional $1500 per game. There are usually 12 fixed seats, 6 bar stool seats, and sofas for the remaining people. The suites are located in six separate areas throughout the stadium:

71 Lower Level Suites (34 rows off of the field on the east and west sides of the stadium)

10 Red Zone Suites (HeadHouse)

14 Presidents Club Suites (stacked on top of the Lower Level Suites on the West side of the stadium) Food and non alcoholic drinks are free in these suites.

77 Club Level Suites (above the Club Level seating on the East & West sides of the stadium).

All suite holders have access to all of the club lounges and all of the other suite levels in the stadium.

Club Lounges

There are 2 exclusive club lounges in the stadium. The lounge on the west side is the "Chrysler Premiere Lounge" and the one on the east side is the "SCA Club Lounge". They are heated and offer upscale food. Also have exclusive bars with top shelf liquor. Suite holders and club seat holders have access to these 2 lounges.

College football

The Linc is the home field for Temple University football. On August 13, 2003, the Philadelphia Eagles and Temple University announced a 15-year agreement for Temple to play their home football games at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple played its first game at the Linc on September 6, 2003 against Villanova, the teams' first meeting since 1980. Villanova won in dramatic fashion in the second overtime to defeat Temple 23-20.

Lincoln Financial Field is the primary home to the Army–Navy Game. The game has been played the most often in Philadelphia. It was played at Veterans Stadiummarker for the final time in 2001, and prior to the Vet, at John F. Kennedy Stadiummarker and Franklin Fieldmarker. The Linc has hosted the game five times, first in 2003 and most recently in 2008. It was announced on June 9, 2009 that the game would be played in Philadelphia at the Linc in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.


The stadium opened on August 3, 2003 with a preseason friendly match between European soccer giants Manchester United and FC Barcelona. 68,396 people watched Manchester United win 3-1.

Some matches in the FIFA Women's World Cup for soccer were played there in 2003. In 2004, after winning the gold-medal in soccer at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the U.S. women's team conducted a “Fan Celebration Tour", playing ten matches across the United States from September to December 2004. The matches were the final national team appearances for Mia Hamm, Joy Fawcett, and Julie Foudy, all of whom retired after the tour. The team played at the Linc on November 6, 2004 where they lost 3 to 1 to Denmark in front of 14,812 spectators.

On July 18, 2009, Lincoln Financial Field hosted a doubleheader quarterfinal for the 2009 Concacaf Gold Cup. The first game was between Canada and Honduras, and the second between USA and Panama. This was the first full international appearance for the United States national soccer team in Philadelphia since a 1968 friendly against Israel at Temple Stadiummarker.

In April 2009, Lincoln Financial Field was listed by U.S. Soccer's World Cup bid committee as one of 58 stadiums to be potential sites for World Cup matches in either 2018 or 2022. In June 2009, it was announced that Lincoln Financial Field made the cut as one of 45 out of 70 stadium game sites under continued consideration. Lincoln Financial Field made the cut again when the stadium list was reduced from 45 to 32 on August 20, 2009.

The Philadelphia Union will play their home opener at the Linc on April 10, 2010 due to construction delays at their future home in Chestermarker. The Union plans to limit ticket sales to the lower bowl and club sections, totaling about 37,500 seats.

Other uses

Bruce Springsteen performed three sold-out concerts there in 2003.

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship in 2005 and 2006 were held at the stadium.

The Philadelphia Phillies celebrated their 2008 World Series championship with a parade down Broad Street, appearance before a sold-out crowd at the Linc, and then a ceremony at Citizens Bank Parkmarker. The Citizens Bank Park ceremony was simulcast to the crowd at the Linc. Tickets to the event at Lincoln Financial Field were made available at no-cost to the public and were gone within 45-minutes when they were made available at 3pm on October 30, 2008.

U2 will perform at the stadium on July 12, 2010.


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