The Reporter (Lansdale, PA)
Eagles fans get a behind-the-scenes look at the Linc
Each Sunday from August through January (and if we’re lucky, into February!), hundreds of thousands of fans either tune in or head to Philadelphia to Lincoln Financial Field to watch the Eagles play.
I include myself in that number. Each week I am focused on the team on the field, watching the plays and cheering loudly for the Birds. I never once gave a thought to the incredible facility that is Lincoln Financial Field, affectionately knows as The Linc.
I recently took a group of about 40 residents of Brittany Pointe Estates, die-hard Eagles fans, for a behind-the-scenes tour, where we were enlightened regarding some incredible facts of our Eagles’ nest.
As of 2013, the Linc was considered one of the greenest stadiums in the
NFL. To that end, several energy-efficient changes were made: 11,000 solar panels were added outside, and 14 wind turbines were installed on top of the stadium. These installations accounted for 30% of the electricity used to run the stadium.
Recently the wind turbines were removed as they were in need of repair, but the plan is to reinstall them. The solar panels are still going strong. That same year, the Linc made PETA’s list of “VegetarianFriendly NFL Stadiums” for the fourth year in a row.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the building, to me, is the addition of a Sensory Room installed by the Eagles organization. The Linc has been officially certified as a sensory-inclusion stadium, the first sports franchise to build this kind of state-ofthe-art sensory room.
It was presented by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a partner in the
Eagles Autism Challenge, which was created to help families impacted by autism. This room was built to help assure that Eagles games could be enjoyed by all, even those with sensory issues.
In one of the loudest stadiums in this country, this room is an oasis from that roar. Anyone overwhelmed can take refuge for as long as necessary in this amazing place.
Perhaps just as impressive is the dedication of the staff to the care of this Philadelphia landmark. Year-round, the staff cleans the stadium from top to bottom, each seat, each railing each level and of course, the field, several times a week.
And, after a rain, this process is repeated, to maintain the pristine condition. The grass is maintained with impressive care, keeping it between a quarter- and a half-inch in length.
Every staff member we
met along our tour was kind, enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgeable in their specific area. How refreshing it was to see that!
While everything about the Linc was awesome, the piece-de-resistance was the locker room. To walk in the room where some of our favorite players of the past and the present
have walked, warmed up and been pumped up, have celebrated huge wins and suffered devastating losses, to see where they geared up and donned those Eagles jerseys, it was very exciting.
Then to walk through the tunnel towards the field, to the blaring sounds of “For Those About to Rock, We Salute
You” by AC/DC… it was quite the experience!
Things sometimes are a lot more than they seem. The Linc is not just a building, and the Eagles are not just a sports team. I am proud to be a fan of such a fine organization, one that strives to make a difference in a positive way. On and off the field, fly, Eagles, fly!