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July 28, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
IN FEBRUARY 2012, the Eagles started the process of revitalizing Lincoln Financial Field to give fans a better in game experience. More than 2 1/2 years and $125 million later, the renovations are "99 percent complete," according to team president Don Smolenski. All of the work will be done before the Eagles' home opener on Sept. 7 against Jacksonville. The in-game experience at the Linc, which opened in 2003, will be much more modern, an upgrade that was much needed, Smolenski said.
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June 10, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 10 seasons at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles are investing $125 million to renovate the stadium during the next two years. The privately financed project will include a seating expansion, two new high-definition video boards, upgraded amenities, WiFi installation, imagery of great moments and players throughout team history, and two new connecting bridges for the upper concourses. The project was started in 2010 and has included research of season-ticket holders, the season-ticket advisory board, and focus groups of fans, as well as surveying architectural firms that have built stadiums since Lincoln Financial Field opened.
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February 11, 2011
Your wedding inside the Linc? Why not? The Eagles announced yesterday that Lincoln Financial Field will be available to host special events, such as corporate events, banquets, trade shows, product launches and even weddings. Since its opening in 2003, the stadium has been available for only a small number of events each year, mostly for charitable causes. The Eagles said areas from the 45,000-square foot SCA Club to the locker room could be set up for specific events.
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January 31, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles are bringing some of the living room to Lincoln Financial Field. As part of its $125 million revitalization of the stadium, team officials said Wednesday, they are putting $25 million worth of high-definition TV displays, including two huge video walls in both end zones, into the 11-year-old stadium. The team also will install 2,000 linear feet of digital "ribbon boards" between seating levels for out-of-town NFL scores and fantasy football statistics, and 1,200 wall-mounted TVs on the concourses and other areas.
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October 19, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers junior cornerback Logan Ryan said that he bled Eagles green while attending Eastern High in Voorhees, and that is another reason Saturday's game at Lincoln Financial Field against Temple will have a special significance. It's not just because Rutgers (6-0, 3-0 Big East) and Temple (3-2, 2-0) are unbeaten in conference play. It's also because Ryan has seen his share of football at the Linc. "It's going to be a dream come true," Ryan said about playing at the Eagles stadium.
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April 16, 2013 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' newest player is a real powerhouse. The stats are electrifying: On a recent sunny day, this bulky unit churned out 21,033.7 kilowatt hours, nearly enough to power two average homes for a year. Yes, the long-awaited solar panels and wind turbines at Lincoln Financial Field are up and running. More than 11,000 panels have been positioned atop the roof, over some of the parking spots, and armoring the side of the building along I-95. Those are the workhorses.
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August 4, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
AS Roma made itself at home in Philadelphia this past week while Inter Milan camped in Washington. The Giallorossi climbed the Art Museum steps and posed like Rocky. They held semisecret training sessions just off the Schuylkill Expressway at Penn's Rhodes Field. Charismatic manager Rudi Garcia held court at the Ritz- Carlton. The home advantage, however, did not extend to game day. Inter spoiled the party with a 2-0 victory in front of 12,169 at Lincoln Financial Field. The barnstorming clubs from Italy's Serie A met as part of the International Champions Cup. Both teams were eliminated from the tournament later in the day when Manchester United beat Real Madrid.
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July 23, 2003 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Temple Owls have their own locker room, complete with cherry-red metal lockers, at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple's 2003 schedule scrolled on the electronic boards during a media open house at the new stadium yesterday. Yes, it looks as if the Owls will play their home football games at the Eagles' new stadium after all. The two sides have agreed to the basics of a deal, a source familiar with the negotiations said. There were some details to work out, and they are holding up an announcement, but it would be a shock if Temple played its games anywhere else this year.
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April 9, 2009 | Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. bid committee hoping to stage the World Cup in 2018 or 2022 sent initial letters last week to public officials and stadium operators of 70 potential sites in 50 markets for soccer's showcase tournament. Among those contacted was Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles' interest in hosting matches is unclear, but the stadium has been used for international soccer events in the past and will host a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal doubleheader July 18. Six of the stadiums used for the 1994 tournament were contacted, including Soldier Field in Chicago; the Cotton Bowl in Dallas; the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando; the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
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December 19, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
THEY HELD a soccer match at Lincoln Financial Field a few weeks before the first Eagles game in 2003. In the restaurant business, this would be called a soft opening. Don Smolenski, who was the Eagles CFO at the time, and team president Joe Banner headed out into the concourse to check things out. They discovered a rather sizable problem that showed why soft openings are a good idea. "For the soccer game, we realized that our signage was confusing," recalled Smolenski, now the team's president.
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August 19, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
WHEN THE EAGLES take the field Thursday night for the third of their four preseason games, they could feature as close to a fully stocked wide-receiving corps as we'll see before the Sept. 7 season opener. A foot injury cost Riley Cooper most of training camp, but the Eagles' No. 2 receiver said yesterday he "felt good" after fully participating in practice and plans to make his preseason debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Jeremy Maclin's status for the game is still to be determined, but he is slated to return to practice today after missing Friday's game in New England with hamstring tightness.
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August 16, 2014 | By David Stampone, For The Inquirer
Luke Bryan, the country-pop superstar headlining Friday at Lincoln Financial Field, is unashamed of all the reasons behind his surging popularity. People magazine in May declared him "Country's Sexiest Man. " On ABC's Good Morning America last week, the 38-year-old native of Leesburg, Ga., easily joked with co-host Amy Robach about his butt's having its own Twitter account. That broadcast also featured Bryan playing four songs in Central Park for smitten fans, some of whom had been waiting since 2 p.m. the day before.
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August 12, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
They saved Chuck Bednarik's introduction for last. He emerged Sunday onto Franklin Field through a giant, inflatable Eagles helmet. Steadying himself on a walker, the 89-year-old could not reach out to shake hands as he passed the column of current Eagles. So they went to him. Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin leaned in and said a few words. The two stood just a few yards from the spot where Bednarik sat on Green Bay running back Jim Taylor as the clock expired in the 1960 NFL championship game.
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August 9, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The clock ran out - or filled up, depending on one's preference for the bipolar way in which time is kept in hockey periods - on April 30 for the Flyers. The end arrived in the seventh game of their opening-round playoff series with the Rangers, and that loss drew a thick curtain around meaningful sporting events in Philadelphia. Even by our standards, it has been a while. The 100 days of solitude since the Flyers were eliminated will be broken Friday night at Soldier Field when the Eagles open their preseason schedule against the Chicago Bears.
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August 8, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ALEJANDRO VILLANUEVA knows his heart will be racing when he sprints out of the tunnel tonight in Chicago. The Eagles' first preseason test will serve as not only Villanueva's NFL debut, but also his first football game of any kind in exactly 1,700 days. He will be playing a brand-new position and auditioning for his family's future. The way Villanueva sees it, this experience will not be half as scary as the fields he ran onto in Afghanistan over the past 4 years. Trying a new position in the NFL may not even be as daunting as transitioning to civilian life.
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August 5, 2014 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Cary Williams stood on the sideline during the Eagles' team drills Sunday instead of in his spot with the first-team defense. Williams had shown no sign of injury on Friday, when the team last practiced. After that workout, Williams had called the Patriots "cheaters" and said he thought that the scheduled joint practices with New England were not beneficial. He told reporters immediately after Sunday's workout that he was not injured. "They felt they needed me to play on other days," Williams said.
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August 4, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
AS Roma made itself at home in Philadelphia this past week while Inter Milan camped in Washington. The Giallorossi climbed the Art Museum steps and posed like Rocky. They held semisecret training sessions just off the Schuylkill Expressway at Penn's Rhodes Field. Charismatic manager Rudi Garcia held court at the Ritz- Carlton. The home advantage, however, did not extend to game day. Inter spoiled the party with a 2-0 victory in front of 12,169 at Lincoln Financial Field. The barnstorming clubs from Italy's Serie A met as part of the International Champions Cup. Both teams were eliminated from the tournament later in the day when Manchester United beat Real Madrid.
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August 1, 2014
ON THE HEELS of the most successful World Cup to date, Philadelphia will get a taste of high-level club soccer when Italian club powers Inter Milan and AS Roma battle at Lincoln Financial Field tomorrow afternoon. The match is a part of the Guinness International Champions Cup set of friendlies that will take place all across the United States. Both teams play in Serie A, the top Italian league. Their official club season kicks off in just 29 days. The match will kick off at 1 p.m., and tickets are still available.
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July 31, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
WHEN HE would drop back and survey the field, thoughts of his surgically repaired shoulder occasionally lingered in the back of his mind. This was during the Eagles' organized team activities in May and June, and although Mark Sanchez felt good, it took physical reps on the fields at the NovaCare Complex before he felt all the way back. With the Eagles through 3 days of training camp, the front-runner to become Nick Foles' primary backup said he feels no apprehension or hesitation on the field regarding his 2013 injury.
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July 30, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly values the NFL draft. He just doesn't understand the hype surrounding it. Expounding on an interview with the MMQB website, the Eagles coach identified the draft hype as the one thing in the NFL that has surprised him. "Literally from the day the Super Bowl ends until the draft . . . that's all everybody talks about," Kelly said before Monday's practice. He also said the signing-day hype in college was misguided, pointing out that few of those players immediately contribute.
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