I guess the Eagles saw a lot of stories about that money, because the Inquirer’ John Mitchell reports the Eagles want a lot more money from Temple for the right to play at Lincoln Financial Field.
Temple says the Eagles currently want double what they’re getting from the University in rent for the handful of dates the school plays at the Linc each season. The school says the team has not given a reason for the increase. Temple is so upset they’re talking again about building an on-campus stadium! So perhaps this whole thing is just a way to get a government-built stadium in North Philly, who knows.
Fans at Lincoln Financial Field can unpleasant. The Linc doesn’t have Veterans Stadium’s reputation for boorish fan behavior, but attend a game and there’s a good chance someone around you will be making a scene of himself with obnoxious behavior. It is part of the, erhm, charm of attending an Eagles game. (That, and the harassment of women.)
Where was I? Anyway, a fan from Levittown is suing the Eagles, claiming he was assaulted after shouting a “good natured” obscenity at a fan.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced today a partnership with Panasonic for enormous, ridiculous new video boards. “Our fans deserve the ultimate experience every time they step foot into Lincoln Financial Field,” Eagles Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement, which sounds a lot more realistic after the impressive 2013 season.
The Philadelphia Eagles are celebrating their 80th anniversary this season and are celebrating with the launch of their own wine.”Rollout” is a 2011 cabernet sauvignon sourced from the Napa Valley and Dry Creek.
The wine will be on sale throughout the Philadelphia area at Pennsylvania liquor stores as well as at southern New Jersey retailers. The wine will also be available for purchase on the club level and in suites at Lincoln Financial Field. We’re sure it will go great with Marc Vetri’s North Philadelphia sausage cheesesteak.
Eagles Senior Vice President of Business, Ari Roitman says the bottle is “a nice way for fans to celebrate four generations strong of Eagles football whether they enjoy it with friends and family over dinner or save it as a keepsake.”
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On Thursday night, the Eagles and the Chiefs squared off at Lincoln Financial Field. I’ll let the people who know something about the sport opine about the future of the Eagles. I was there for the food and left before the end of the first quarter.
Below, some photos of what you’re going to be eating at the next Eagles home game at the Linc. Hats off to Aramark — the folks actually making and serving the food — for running a pretty tight operation.
Paesano’s Pete McAndrews wins the coveted food porn award for his namesake Paesano brisket sandwich:
Last season the Philadelphia Eagles offered food from Kevin Sbraga at Lincoln Financial Field. This year the Eagles and Aramark are teaming up with Jose Garces, Marc Vetri and Peter McAndrews. For the 2013 season fans will be able to get dishes from each of these chefs at various spots in the stadium including on the main concourse, Headhouse Plaza and the club levels.
Look for more details on the food at Lincoln Financial Field to be released next week.
Michael Klein is reporting that Peter McAndrews is looking to expand his Paesano’s sandwich shop chain. Paesano’s has locations in Fishtown, the Italian Market and recently opened a location within Margare’s Memories night club. Next, McAndrews is taking the cohabiting concept to Woody’s Bar at 13th and Walnut.
Also on tap for McAndrews, a Paesano’s at Lincoln Financial Field.
McAndrews also owns Modo Mio, Monsu and La Porta. His Popolino in Northern Liberties is closed for the summer.
With training camp coming to Philadelphia, the Eagles decided to give their practice fields a $200,000 facelift.
The NovaCare practice fields had not been re-sodded since the complex opened back in 2001. The team had been mulling the project for a couple years, and decided this was the time to pull the trigger.
Some inconsistencies (low and high spots) developed as a result of all the trampling over the last dozen years, so Tony Leonard — the team’s director of grounds — and his crew removed two inches off the surface and re-graded the area before laying down a Bermuda grass new to the market called “Latitude 36,” which is expected to be more wear-tolerant than what they have had in the past. The Ravens and Bengals are two of the teams around the NFL currently using it.
The same grass will be installed in the Linc. The field will be stripped prior to the Taylor Swift concert on July 20, and the new turf will be put down after the show. That should take two days. The Eagles’ first training camp practice at Lincoln Financial Field is scheduled for July 28.
The work at NovaCare was a bigger undertaking. Leonard and about 20 crew members got to work the day the Eagles’ minicamp wrapped, and completed the project in a week despite battling the rainy conditions that disturbed the U.S. Open at nearby Merion.
“It was a 2-3 week project condensed into one week,” said Leonard. “It was a lot of long days but we got it done.”
Plenty of fans have been asking whether the Eagles are considering putting artificial turf down in the Linc to give the speed-loving Chip Kelly a fast track. Leonard said that if any such discussions have taken place, he has not been a part of them.
The team website posted a time lapse video of the new fields being put down at NovaCare.
WHAT YOU MISSED
Zach Ertz and Jordan Poyer are playing catch-up because of graduation rule.
Bennie Logan is getting plenty of support from his fellow defensive linemen.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Tickets to the five training camp practices are a hot item. From Les Bowen:
An Eagles spokesman said about 130,000 free tickets to the five training camp dates at Lincoln Financial Field have been distributed in the first two days since they became available. Originally, only the lower bowl was designated, but Thursday the team made 6,500 upper-bowl seats available, and said it will continue opening up sections as needed in the 69,144-seat Linc.
So far, the first session seems very popular with ticket seekers, the Eagles said, as does the Aug. 11 date, which involves a LeSean McCoy bobblehead promotion.
Interesting comments from Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, via coachingsearch.com.
“The best part of our team right now is just the attitude of the team, the culture of the team. Our team gets and understands what we want to do so well that, after Chip left, I swear the team could have run itself. We have all those pieces in place, we have pieces moving in the right direction, but things have to go right for you during the season.
The Eagles hired former Soul coach Brett Munsey as a scout.
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