UPDATE [8/28/2015, 12:19 pm]: All our tickets have been given away! Thanks for playing.
ORIGINAL: Kevin Hart is doing up Philly hard this weekend. Besides his show on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field, he’ll be jogging with locals in a pop-up 5K on Saturday morning, and later that night he’ll host a private tail-gate party at Lincoln Financial Field.
The party will feature live performances by D.C.-born rapper Wale and NYC’s DJ Envy, and Hart will come later for what the event’s sponsor, Miller Lite, calls a “”What Now? surprise” Since his tour’s called “What Now?,” I’m assuming that means he’ll do a little standup sneak peek of the show.
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Zac’s Pack – Four “fully loaded” burgers from the Zac’s Burgers stand | Photo by Arthur Etchells
Today, Aramark and the Eagles announced what new concessions options would be available for the 2015 season at Lincoln Financial Field. Among the highlights, Delaware County institution Zac’s Hamburgers is among the new options. Zac’s will have a stand on the lower level and will sell double burgers as well as a Zac Pack of four “fully loaded” burgers, sure to make the purchaser a hero when they return to their seats.
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One Direction is one of a handful of artists to hold the distinction of selling out Lincoln Financial Field—Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen and U2 are among those to share the accolade. But it looks like those days may be over.
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If you’re looking for a way to re-live Philly’s notorious Comic Con in a very different venue, you’re in luck: Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30th, there’s a huge superhero cosplay event and after-party at Lincoln Financial Field’s Marvel Experience and XFINITY Live. Read more »
To be frank, I know little to nothing about Marvel Comics, so my walk-through of Philadelphia’s Marvel Experience at Lincoln Financial Field is with purist’s eyes. The national touring attraction, which was delayed nearly a week so the creators could work on “technical enhancements,” essentially transforms the stadium into a mini theme park of sorts, complete with a domed motion ride and 360-degree theater (“If you get sick, raise your hand,” visitors were warned). Like I said, I’m not a Marvel follower, so some of the details throughout the attraction clearly went unnoticed. However, as a Philadelphian, I did find it rather cool to stand dead center in Lincoln Financial Field, surrounded by empty bleachers, waiting to enter the next phase of the attraction (bring sunglasses if it is sunny and an umbrella if it rains, because you are outdoors for a segment of the tour).
From a critical standpoint, the second half of the “experience,” which takes place on the field in the domes, is far better than the first, where visitors are essentially herded through the indoor parts of the stadium. Below is a bit of my journey from start to finish on the opening day of Philly’s superhero training, and don’t forget to check out the experience for yourself: The attraction is here through July 5th. Tickets and more information can be found here.
Just a typical day at Lincoln Financial Field: Ignore the "S.H.I.E.L.D." sign.
Swoop, the mascot for the Eagles, was on hand to woo the ladies in line.
We thought we'd kick off the day by taking a selfie. Eerie similarities...
Now here's something I'm sure you'd never think you'd see: Swoop and the Phanatic donning Marvel gear and posing.
Here I'm holding on to Thor's hammer with Marvel Experience co-creator Doug Schaer, who was on hand to greet guests.
Schaer and his co-creator, Rick Licht, prepare to use Thor's hammer to "smash" the ribbon at the opening ceremony. There were even Eagles cheerleaders on hand.
I'm actually a little surprised they didn't sell these Marvel Eagles jerseys in the gift shop at the end.
There are a lot of flat-screen TVs with animations throughout the exhibit. Clearly, we're looking at a mockery of CNN's Erin Burnett here.
Throughout the interior of the field, there are multiple stations set up with touch-screens and other interactive games.
In theory, guests step up to this giant augmented reality wall, strike a pose, and their favorite Marvel character comes out on the screen. Here's my friend Art Varela from Al Dia trying to make it work.
…and was utterly unsuccessful!
A green screen where guests could strike poses (and later, of course, you could buy the photos, starting at around $30 a pop).
This was a huge interactive touch-screen game where guests had to try and match certain colors in order to unlock a code. I lost!
For Eagles fans: You get a chance to walk through the players' concave to get to the rest of the Marvel Experience.
The two huge domes built in the middle of Lincoln Financial Field that house both a 360 theater and the (very shaky) ride.
This is honestly worth the cost of a ticket: I was able to stand right in the middle of the field. So surreal!
They converted (most) of the billboards to reflect the Marvel theme (ignore the Bud Light ad).
Nothing says sexy like wearing double glasses for the 3D theater part of the show.
The interior of the domes are air conditioned (thank freaking goodness), and the first dome features a huge 3D immersive theater experience.
There is nothing like a freaky half-human, half-cyborg "thing" coming at you (Sorry, Marvel fans: don't know who or what that thing is).
The line to get into the "motion" ride.
Surprise! Everyone passes S.H.I.E.L.D. training! There's an entire area of interactive games, including three climbing walls that move as you climb. I tried and was surprisingly successful at mastering one of them.
For those of you eager to try out the Marvel Experience scheduled to come to Lincoln Financial Field this week, you’ll have to put off your excitement just a little longer.
Hero Ventures, the company in charge of the interactive show billed as “The World’s First Hyper Reality Tour,” announced today that the opening has been postponed to “allow more time for necessary technical enhancements.” That’s about all their giving as far as details.
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Photographer Jeff Fusco was at the Taylor Swift concert at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday night, where he not only snapped Swift’s performance but a ton of great fan shots, as well. In his review of the show Philly Mag’s Rich Rys noted that: “The crowd was what you’d expect–overwhelmingly female, ranging from toddlers to pre-teens to college kids and moms dressed like their daughters, in short-shorts and sundresses. And from that first song to the inevitable finale, “Shake It Off,” Swift had them all hooked.”
And hooked they were. Fans brought out the body paint, signs and neon galore to cheer on the Wyomissing native. Check out Fusco’s fan photos below, and see his shots of Swift along with our review here.
Pop diva Taylor Swift yields a strange amount of powers (just ask Diplo, he’s terrified of her), one of which is her ability to make people gravitate toward her, completely wrecking traffic and public transportation along the way. She can also move SEPTA.
To prepare for the onslaught of folks heading to Lincoln Financial Field this weekend to catch the Wyomissing native’s two sold-out shows, SEPTA is adding nearly two-dozen extra trips on the Broad Street and Market Frankford lines on Friday and Saturday. Fox Philly has the deets for those of you planning a trip:
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Like most of us children of the’70s and ’80s, Doug Schaer grew up wearing superhero Underoos.
He might not be thrilled that I’m sharing that bit of info with the world, but when we chatted, he used his childhood underwear preference to demonstrate how much of a fan he is of Marvel and the world of comics. The lawyer-turned-entertainment guru, along with his business partner Rick Licht, created the $30 million Marvel Experience, a massive, interactive show so large that it will take a crew between two and three days to set it up at Lincoln Financial Field. Read more »
A scene from ‘The Marvel Experience.’
It’s a one-of-a-kind show headed to Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field starting in June: The Marvel Experience
opens on June 19th, and is going to be unlike anything comic fans have ever seen before.
The experience is being billed as “the world’s first hyper-reality tour” and features the first ever touring 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic full-dome projection theatre. There will also be “a state-of-the-art, thrilling motion ride and a ‘training center’ that offers the opportunity for Marvel fans to actually become ‘part of the adventure.'” Read more »