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Lincoln Financial Field
"The Linc"
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Lincoln Financial Field
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Lincoln Financial Field
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Lincoln Financial Field
Location in the United States
Address1020 Pattison Avenue
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Coordinates 39°54′3″N75°10′3″W / 39.90083°N 75.16750°W / 39.90083; -75.16750 Coordinates: 39°54′3″N75°10′3″W / 39.90083°N 75.16750°W / 39.90083; -75.16750
Public transit SEPTA.svg NRG station: Aiga bus trans.svg SEPTA.svg SEPTA bus: 4, 17
Owner City of Philadelphia [1]
OperatorPhiladelphia Eagles
Executive suites172
Capacity 69,696
Field size790 by 825 feet (241 m × 251 m) – 15 acres (6.1 ha) (Stadium footprint)
SurfaceNorthBridge™ Bermudagrass [2]
ScoreboardPanasonic
North End-zone 192' x 27'
South End-zone 160' x 27'
Construction
Broke groundMay 7, 2001;18 years ago (May 7, 2001)
OpenedAugust 3, 2003;16 years ago (August 3, 2003)
Renovated2013-14
Expanded2013-14
Construction costUS$512 million
($697 million in 2018 dollars [3] )
Architect NBBJ
Agoos Lovera Architects [1]
Project managerKUD International [1]
Structural engineer Ove Arup & Partners [1]
Services engineerM-E Engineers Inc. [1]
General contractor Turner Construction [1]
Main contractorsKeating Building Corp., McKissack Group Inc. [1]
Tenants
Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) (2003–present)
Temple Owls (AAC) (2003–present)
Philadelphia Union (MLS) (2010)
Army-Navy Game (NCAA) (2003-2006, 2008-2010, 2012-2015, 2017–2020, 2022)

Lincoln Financial Field is an American football stadium located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It serves as the home stadium of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) and the Temple Owls football team of Temple University. It is located in South Philadelphia on Pattison Avenue between 11th and South Darien streets, also alongside I-95 as part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. It has a seating capacity of 69,176. Many locals refer to the stadium simply as "The Linc".

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Stadium Place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events

A stadium is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.

Philadelphia Largest city in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, known colloquially as Philly, is the largest city in the U.S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the sixth-most populous U.S. city, with a 2018 census-estimated population of 1,584,138. Since 1854, the city has been coterminous with Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U.S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents as of 2017. Philadelphia is also the economic and cultural anchor of the greater Delaware Valley, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, within the Northeast megalopolis. The Delaware Valley's population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

Contents

The stadium opened on August 3, 2003 after two years of construction that began on May 7, 2001, replacing Veterans Stadium. While total seating capacity is similar to that of "The Vet", the new stadium contains double the number of luxury and wheelchair-accessible seats, along with more modern services. The field's construction included several light emitting diode (LED) video displays, as well as more than 624 feet (190 m) of LED ribbon boards. [4]

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Naming rights were sold in June 2002 to the Lincoln Financial Group, for a sum of $139.6 million over 21 years. Together, the City of Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania contributed approximately $188 million to the stadium construction. [5] Additional construction funding was raised from the sale of Stadium Builder's Licenses to Eagles season ticket holders.

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Army–Navy Game annual December American football game in the USA between the US Army and the US Navy

The Army–Navy Game is an American college football rivalry game between the Army Black Knights of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York, and the Navy Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis, Maryland. The Black Knights and Midshipmen each represent their service's oldest officer commissioning sources. As such, the game has come to embody the spirit of the interservice rivalry of the United States Armed Forces. The game marks the end of the college football regular season and the third and final game of the season's Commander-in-Chief's Trophy series, which also includes the Air Force Falcons of the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Temple Owls football football team of Temple University

The Temple Owls football team represents Temple University in the sport of college football. The Temple Owls compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the American Athletic Conference. They play their home games at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In late spring 2013, the Eagles announced that there would be some major upgrades to Lincoln Financial Field over the next two years. The total project estimate was valued at over $125 million. The upgrades included seating expansion, two new HD video boards, upgraded amenities, WiFi, and two new connecting bridges for upper levels. These upgrades were decided upon after research from season ticket holders, advisory boards, and fan focus groups. The majority of these changes, including WiFi (which would accommodate 45,000 users and have coverage over the entire stadium), were completed by the 2013 home opener. The upgraded sound systems and video boards were finished for the 2014 season. [6]

Notable events

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FC Barcelona Association football club in Barcelona

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Philadelphia Eagles National Football League franchise in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) East division. In the 2017 season the team won Super Bowl LII, their first Super Bowl win in franchise history and their fourth NFL title overall, after winning the Championship Game in 1948, 1949, and 1960.

Controversies

Suites and lounges

Lincoln Financial Field from I-95, before addition of solar panels to exterior. TheLinc-outside.jpg
Lincoln Financial Field from I-95, before addition of solar panels to exterior.

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. The suites are located in six separate areas throughout the stadium. There are 3,040 luxury suite seats in total. [13]

There are 2 exclusive 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2) club lounges in the stadium. The lounge on the west side is the "Hyundai Club" and the one on the east side is the "Tork Club". Suite holders and club seat holders have access to these 2 lounges. There are a total of 10,828 club seats in the stadium. These club seats feature some unique benefits above and beyond the lounges. One major benefit is the lounges open hours before the event, in most cases 2–4 hours. The lounges also have multiple full service bars in them. The seats in the club level are padded, and there is also a wait staff present to serve food and drinks. [13]

Parking

There are numerous parking lots surrounding Lincoln Financial Field. The parking assignments may change depending on other activities in the area on a particular day. According to the stadium's website all lots will cost visitors $40 and $80 for an oversized vehicle. Tailgating is allowed in all lots except for T-X lots. Majority of the lots are public cash lots, but visitors should visit the website Lincoln Financial Field Parking for more information before heading to an event. [14]

Training Camp

The Eagles decided after the 2012 season to move training camp back to Philadelphia. As a part of this new agreement the Eagles will have multiple practices, which are open to the public, at Lincoln Financial. The rest of the practices will be closed, and will take place across the street at the NovaCare Complex. Information about tickets and dates can be found at Training Camp Information. [15]

College football

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Lincoln Financial Field before a Temple football game in 2011.

Lincoln Financial Field 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. [16] Temple played its first game at the Linc on September 6, 2003 against Villanova, the teams' first meeting since 1980. During the 2015 season, the Temple Owls sold out the Linc on two occasions. The September 5 season opener against Penn State, and again on October 31 in a prime time matchup against Notre Dame.

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 Stadium for the final time in 2001, and prior to the Vet, at John F. Kennedy Stadium and Franklin Field. The Linc hosted the game five times between 2003 and 2009. 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. [17]

Soccer

The stadium opened on August 3, 2003 with 68,396 attending a preseason friendly with Manchester United defeating Barcelona 3–1. [18] It hosted some 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup matches.[ citation needed ]

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 3-1 to Denmark in front of 14,812 spectators. [19]

In late July and early August 2004, Manchester United returned to play Celtic and A.C. Milan played Chelsea in two friendly matches. [20]

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 Stadium. [21]

Lincoln Financial Field was listed by U.S. Soccer's World Cup bid committee as one of 18 stadiums to be potential sites for the United States to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. [22] [23] [24]

Philadelphia Union played their home opener against D.C. United at the Linc on April 10, 2010 due to construction delays at their new stadium, PPL Park (now Talen Energy Stadium). The Union defeated United, 3–2. The Union also played FC Dallas to a 1–1 tie in the second home game in franchise history at the Linc. Although having moved into its permanent venue at Talen Energy Statium, the Philadelphia Union continue to use the Linc for matches where ticket demand is expected to far exceed the full capacity at its regular home.[ citation needed ] English powerhouse club Manchester United met the Philadelphia Union during their pre-season tour on July 21, 2010 where they lost 1–0. [25] The Union played the Spanish powerhouse club Real Madrid on July 24, 2011, where they lost 2–1. [26]

Lincoln Financial Field also hosted the US National team's final match on home soil before the 2010 World Cup. [27] The US defeated Turkey 2–1 on May 29, 2010.

The US men's national team returned to Lincoln Financial Field on August 10, 2011, for an international friendly match against Mexico, where they tied 1-1. [28]

In 2012, the stadium hosted a World Football Challenge match between Real Madrid and Celtic F.C. with Real Madrid winning 2-0. [29]

On August 2, 2014, Lincoln Financial Field hosted a soccer match between A.S. Roma and Inter Milan which was part of the 2014 International Champions Cup. Inter Milan won the match 2–0. [30]

On July 26, 2015, the Linc hosted the final match of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

In 2016, the stadium hosted games in the Copa América Centenario.

The Linc hosted a doubleheader of quarterfinals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and did so again for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. [31]

On July 25, 2018, the Linc hosted a 2018 International Champions Cup match between Juventus F.C. and FC Bayern Munich that Juventus won 2-0. [32]

In the Summer of 2026, the Linc will host games for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Panorama of the U.S. National Soccer Team playing the National Team of Turkey on May 29, 2010 as part of the 2010 World Cup send-off series USA-Turkey-Linc.jpg
Panorama of the U.S. National Soccer Team playing the National Team of Turkey on May 29, 2010 as part of the 2010 World Cup send-off series

Other sports

2019 NHL Stadium Series game after the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime. 2019 NHL Stadium Series at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.jpg
2019 NHL Stadium Series game after the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4–3 in overtime.

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship in 2005, 2006, 2013 and 2019 were held at the stadium. [33]

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 Park. The Citizens Bank Park ceremony was simulcast to the crowd at the Linc. [34] 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. [35]

Monster Jam performed at the stadium from 2010-2012 as part of the summer stadium tour. After a six year absence, Monster Jam returned to the stadium on May 5, 2018. Previous events took place during the winter at the Spectrum and the Wells Fargo Center from 2013-2015.

On February 23, 2019, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime in the 2019 NHL Stadium Series in front of a crowd of 69,620, the largest record attendance for a hockey game in Pennsylvania.

Entertainment

Concerts

DateArtistOpening act(s)Tour / Concert nameAttendanceRevenueNotes
August 8, 2003 Bruce Springsteen N/A The Rising Tour 139,318 / 147,763$10,342,060 [36]
August 9, 2003
August 11, 2003
November 13, 2007 Fall Out Boy Gym Class Heroes
Plain White T's
Cute Is What We Aim For
Doug
Young Wild Things Tour
July 19, 2008 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban
LeAnn Rimes
Gary Allan
Luke Bryan
Sammy Hagar
The Poets and Pirates Tour49,169 / 50,017$4,519,632Before 2008 his tours were performed at Wells Fargo Center or Susquehanna Bank Center. His Summer Tours have been held here ever since. [37]
June 27, 2009 Lady Antebellum
Miranda Lambert
Sugarland
Montgomery Gentry
Sun City Carnival Tour 52,343 / 52,343$4,407,377
June 18, 2011Kenny Chesney
Zac Brown Band
Billy Currington
Uncle Kracker
Goin' Coastal Tour 54,166 / 54,166$5,084,803
July 14, 2011 U2 Interpol U2 360° Tour 72,389 / 72,389$6,536,230The show was originally scheduled to take place on July 12, 2010, but was postponed, due to Bono's emergency back surgery.
August 6, 2011 Taylor Swift Needtobreathe
Hunter Hayes
James Wesley
Speak Now World Tour 51,395 / 51,395$4,268,678 [38]
June 16, 2012Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Jake Owen
Brothers of the Sun Tour 53,111 / 53,111$5,541,757
June 8, 2013Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Eli Young Band
Kacey Musgraves
No Shoes Nation Tour 50,962 / 50,962$5,351,550
July 19, 2013Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran
Austin Mahone
Joel Crouse
The Red Tour 101,277 / 101,277$8,822,335On the show of July 20, 2013, after the opening acts performed, Swift was about to start her set, until heavy rain as well as lightning delayed the show. [39] [40]
July 20, 2013
August 13, 2014 One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer Where We Are Tour 101,527 / 101,527$8,818,556
August 14, 2014
August 15, 2014 Luke Bryan Brantley Gilbert
Lee Brice
Cole Swindell
DJ Rock
That's My Kind of Night Tour 48,576 / 48,576$3,896,840
June 12, 2015Taylor Swift Vance Joy
Shawn Mendes
The 1989 World Tour 101,052 / 101,052$11,987,816 Echosmith, Cara Delevingne & Mariska Hargitay were special guests. [41] [42]
June 13, 2015 Rachel Platten and Mariska Hargitay were special guests. [43]
July 11, 2015Kenny ChesneyEric Church
Brantley Gilbert
Chase Rice
Old Dominion
The Big Revival Tour 55,131 / 55,131$5,952,700
August 30, 2015 Kevin Hart N/A What Now? Tour 53,000N/AFirst comedian to sell out a football stadium for a stand up comedy show.
September 1, 2015One Direction Icona Pop On the Road Again Tour 47,761 / 47,761$3,079,651During the performance, the band performed a cover of "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" by Will Smith.
June 5, 2016 Beyoncé DJ Khaled The Formation World Tour 47,223 / 47,223$5,563,435Heavy rain and lighting slightly delayed the start of the concert. Yo Gotti, Young Gunz, Freeway, Meek Mill , Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross joined DJ Khaled during the opening act. [44]
June 25, 2016Kenny ChesneyMiranda Lambert
Big & Rich
Old Dominion
Spread the Love Tour 48,322 / 50,676$4,634,450
August 6, 2016 Coldplay Alessia Cara
Foxes
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 54,497 / 54,497$5,530,866
September 29, 2016BeyoncéDJ KhaledThe Formation World Tour44,693 / 44,693$3,353,627
May 12, 2017 Metallica Volbeat WorldWired Tour 49,722 / 51,728$5,421,187Avenged Sevenfold was not able to appear as an opening act for Metallica due to Synyster Gates' wife going into labor. [45]
June 18, 2017U2 The Lumineers The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 56,570 / 56,570$6,259,880
June 9, 2018Kenny Chesney Thomas Rhett
Old Dominion
Brandon Lay
The Trip Around The Sun Tour55,238 / 55,238$6,384,845
July 13, 2018Taylor Swift Camila Cabello
Charli XCX
Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 107,378 / 107,378$11,951,047During the second show, Swift performed "Our Song" and "Wildest Dreams" a cappella after the levitating basket stage used during "Delicate" malfunctioned. [46]
July 14, 2018
July 30, 2018Beyoncé
Jay-Z
Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled On the Run II Tour 54,870 / 54,870$6,709,691Black Effect” was premiered and added to the setlist.
September 27, 2018 Ed Sheeran Snow Patrol
Anne-Marie
÷ Tour 54,292 / 54,292$5,161,683
July 23, 2019 The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour

In TV

The stadium is prominently featured in the opening of the TV show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia . It also features in the third episode of season 3 of the show.

Awards

In 2013, Lincoln Financial Field became the "greenest" NFL stadium to date.[ citation needed ] Energy-efficient additions include 11,000 solar panels, and 14 UGE-4K wind turbines outside and on top of the stadium respectively. These installations account for 30% of the electricity used to run the facility. 2013 also marked the fourth year in a row that the venue made the top of PETA's list of "Vegetarian-Friendly NFL Stadiums". [47]

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Talen Energy Stadium is an American soccer-specific stadium located in Chester, Pennsylvania and is home to the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. The project is the result of combined commitments of $30 million from Delaware County and $47 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Talen Energy is the stadium's naming rights sponsor.

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Veterans Stadium
Home of the
Philadelphia Eagles

2003 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Veterans Stadium
Home of the
Temple Owls

2003 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
M&T Bank Stadium
Home of the
NCAA Lacrosse Final Four

2005 – 2006
Succeeded by
M&T Bank Stadium
Preceded by
Veterans Stadium
Georgia Dome
Host of NFC Championship Game
2004 – 2005
2018
Succeeded by
Qwest Field
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Preceded by
Soldier Field
Chicago
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Final Venue

2015
Succeeded by
Levi's Stadium
Santa Clara