Lincoln Financial Field is an American football stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is the home arena for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, as well as the Temple Owls football team from Temple University.
It is situated in the south of the city and seats over 69,000 people. A local nickname for the stadium is “The Linc”. It originally opened in 2003 as a replacement for Veterans Stadium.
History of Lincoln Financial Field
The first home ground for the Philadelphia Eagles was Veterans Stadium. This also hosted other local teams, including the MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies. Veterans Stadium opened in 1971 and was demolished in 2004, construction on a new stadium having begun in May 2001.
The new home for the Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field, was officially opened in August 2003. This was just in time for the new season. Naming rights had been bought by the Lincoln Financial Group in June 2002. The 21-year deal was worth almost $140 million.
To fund the stadium’s construction, the State of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia contributed some $188 million. Its total cost was $512 million. Other funding came partly from selling Stadium Builder Licenses to Eagles season ticket holders.
First major upgrade
The first major upgrade at Lincoln Financial Field began at the end of spring 2013. This was a two-year $125 million project. The Stadium saw the installation of new seats, new video boards, better amenities, improved WiFi, and new connection bridges for the upper levels.
Other events at Lincoln Financial Field
As well as playing host to the Philadelphia Eagles home games, there have been other notable American football games and events for other sports taking place in the Lincoln Financial Field. The first-ever ticketed event at Lincoln Financial Field took place in August 2003. Manchester United played FC Barcelona in a soccer game.
The Army-Navy football game frequently takes place here. This is mainly because the stadium is located almost halfway between the two academies. It is also able to hold large crowds, and with the history attached to the city. The Eagles are paid $1 million every year for allowing Temple University’s Division 1 team the use of Lincoln Financial Field as their home ground.
In 2019, the Philadelphia Flyers NHL team played the Pittsburgh Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field as part of the NHL Stadium series. There was a crowd over 69,600, which was the largest attendance record for an ice hockey game in the state.
Home stadium for the Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles, currently playing in the NFC East Conference, have been playing their home games at the Lincoln Financial Field since it opened. The team won three NFL Championships before the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. Since then, it has captured a single Super Bowl, doing so in 2017 after comprehensively defeating the New England Patriots. Before that, they had lost out twice in the Super Bowl big game. In 1980 they lost to the Oakland Raiders and in 2004 they lost to the New England Patriots.
The team has won the NFC Championship three times.
Betting on games at the Lincoln Financial Field
The Philadelphia Eagles fans are notable for creating a hostile atmosphere for visiting teams. This creates an energy field in the stadium that adds to the overall excitement of the games. There are tons of betting opportunities for games taking place at the Lincoln Financial Field.