Lincoln Financial Field
|3,040 (in 172 skyboxes) (VIP seats)|
|10,828 (Business seats)|
|Country||United States of America|
|Construction||07/05/2001 - 08/2003|
|Cost||$512 million (2003), $125 million (2013)|
|Address||1020 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19148 USA|
Description: Lincoln Financial Field
Construction of this Veterans Field successor began in 2001. Football-specific stadium was located in the south end of Philadephia’s largest sports precinct. To the west the stadium is neighboured by an indoor arena, to the east by a slightly newer baseball stadium.
Both stadia were built to separate baseball and football, previously combined at Veterans Field. This sort of compromise proved ineffective in the long run and proper facilities for each sport were required, offering fans much better sightlines.
Of course the new football stadium was also a way to boost revenue by Philadelphia Eagles, whose supporters largely contributed to covering the stadium cost by buying personal seat licenses. The club received 172 skyboxes and roughly 11,000 business seats, while an early naming rights deal with Lincoln Financial ($140m over 21 years) helped balance the project.
Three-tiered stands offer almost 70,000 seats and room for expansion in the future. But as of now it’s only the infrastructure that went through major changes. New staircases and various technical improvements came in 2013, along with great deal of renewable energy facilities. 11,000 solar batteries were mounted onto the southern façade and roof, while 14 wind turbines rise atop both end zones. This way the stadium produces a third of the energy consumed.
Despite being a public asset, the stadium is operated by the NFL’s Philadephia Eagles. Other key tenants are the academic team Temple Owls, but the building also gets quite some soccer use. Philadelphia Union play some high-profile fixtures here, international friendlies are held regularly, in 2015 “The Linc” was site of Gold Cup final and in 2016 it was among host stadia of the Copa America Centenario.
Copa America Centenario: Record-breaking, but far from perfect
You only have a centenary once, so CONMEBOL celebrated with a massive party. And while Copa America Centenario was the largest ever, still one in three stadium seats remained empty.
Copa América Centenario: Greatest tournament ever… almost
No World Cup ever had stadiums as big as those of the ongoing Copa América 2016! Americans again outgrow the rest of the world, but… the ticket demand isn’t exactly there.
USA: Are these the venues for Copa America 2016?
We’ve had the last Copa America this year, but there’s one much, much bigger coming up in 2016. Why? It’s the centenary and USA will host one of the world’s largest tournaments. Again.
USA: Players and coaches with microphones?
In an attempt to bring more fans to NFL games, the league authorities are planning to plant microphones onto players and coaches, allowing everyone to hear what they say. According to Sports Business Journal, it’s a matter of a couple upcoming seasons.
USA: Pitch-wide screens in Philadelphia
Though designed for American football, this stadium also hosts ‘soccer’ and will soon have even better conditions for both disciplines. New giant screens will really be giant – both as wide as the pitch. More high-tech additions are planned, as CSN informs.
USA: What’s better for matchday experience than a camera in the changing rooms?
American Football league NFL continues its efforts to compete with TV broadcasting. In another attempt to get fans off their couches and into the stands, the league has just mandated… changing room cameras.
USA: Bar-type standing terraces growing in the NFL?
An executive of the NFL predicts that future stadiums may be less about watching the game and more about a bar-type atmosphere of special decks with standing room. LA Times and NBC report.