With a two-year, $125 million Lincoln Financial Field revitalization project “99 percent” complete, Eagles president Don Smolenski took a moment the other day to sit in the stands and soak it all in as he looked around at the high-definition video boards, the LED ribbon-board displays, the two new bridges to allow fans to circle the stadium on foot and the more than 1,600 seats added to the building.
The word that came to mind?
“Goosebumps,” said Smolenski on Friday as a media tour of the bold and beautiful Lincoln Financial Field was complete. “It took an enormous collaborative effort, a lot of manpower and great diligence, and I think it’s something the fans are going to really enjoy.”
There is much for the fans to love when the stadium officially opens for Monday’s Training Camp practice. A project that began in February of 2012 – actually, much earlier if you consider the entire planning phase – provides an enhanced gameday experience in every capacity.
- Through a partnership with Panasonic, the team has added nearly 22,000 square feet of high-definition video boards, more than tripling the previous area of video boards (6,370). The end-zone boards provide the highest definition of any in the NFL and have the versatility to operate together or independently, and to change out depending on the situation in the game.
- A total of 1,626 total seats were added throughout the stadium and two bridges were constructed to allow fans in the upper concourse and the club level to easily walk from one side of the stadium to the other.
- The SCA and Panasonic Club levels received a total makeover including upgraded furniture, carpeting, imagery, signage and audio/video capabilities.
- 1,185 new high-definition televisions were installed throughout the stadium, including in the clubs, suites and concourses.
Combined with the elements added in 2013 – including an integrated Wi-Fi system, ease of entry in and around stadium, striking graphics in the concourse and throughout the stadium, the addition of the Touchdown Club and expanded concession stand offerings and expedited service in the Pro Shop – the Eagles are ready to unveil what will be a very noticeable makeover for the fans to enjoy.
“This is for our fans and their feedback played a part in what we did,” said Smolenski. “I’m proud of the work put into the project. We want this to be the best possible experience for the fans and I’m looking forward to hearing their feedback.”