LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD

Location 1020 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148

Broke ground May 7, 2001
Opened August 3, 2003

Owner Philadelphia Eagles
Surface Grass

Scoreboard Daktronics-HDTV
2 (ea @ 27'x96'), 1 (14'x25')

Construction cost USD $ 512 million
Architect NBBJ

Capacity 68,532, 69,144 (with Standing Room)
Field dimensions 790' x 825' - 15 acres (Stadium Footprint)

Tenants
Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) (2003–present)
Temple Owls (MAC) (2003–present)
Philadelphia Union (MLS) (2010-present)[1]

 

 

 

 

Lincoln Financial Field is the home stadium of the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles. It has a seating capacity of 68,532 (69,144 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 Complex.

The Stadium opened on August 3, 2003 after 2 years of construction beginning in May 7, 2001 and replaced the old Veterans Stadium. 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.

Notable events
August 3, 2003: Lincoln Financial Field hosted its first ticketed event, a football (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: Villanova 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 17-0 in their new home, the same as they did in the Eagles' final game in Veterans Stadium, 27-10.

January 23, 2005: In the team's fourth consecutive NFC Championship Game appearance, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons 27–10.[2] 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 300-yard passer (Donovan McNabb), a 200-yard receiver (Kevin Curtis), and a 100-yard rusher (Brian Westbrook) in the same game.

April 10, 2010: The Philadelphia Union win their inaugural home opener, a 3-2 victory over D.C. United. A second match will be played against FC Dallas on May 15; those games served as home games before the opening of PPL Park June 27 against Seattle Sounders FC.

May 29, 2010: The United States National Soccer Team won their match 2-1 against Turkey in the last game of the 2010 World Cup Send Off Series. A crowd of 55,407 people attended, setting a new attendance record for U.S Soccer at Lincoln Financial Field.

July 21, 2010: The Union will host European Giants Manchester United on their USA Tour.

On September 12, 2010, the Eagles will honor the 50th Anniversary of their last NFL Championship as they will wear replicas of the 1960 uniforms against the Green Bay Packers, the team they beat to win the NFL Championship Game on December 26 of that year. Plans were to have the game played at Franklin Field, but were deemed by both the Eagles and the NFL to be logistically impossible.