Welcome to Lincoln Financial Field
August, 9, 2013
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
Mike Reiss/ESPNBoston.comPHILADELPHIA -- Welcome to Lincoln Financial Field, where the Patriots visit the Eagles in the preseason opener for both teams.
Weather conditions. At one point today, it was raining heavily here. The rain has since passed, although the field has been covered with a green tarp. The current forecast is in the high 70s/low 80s, with high humidity (84 percent according to Weather.com).
A feel for the Linc. This is a nice stadium, with three levels of seating that wrap completely around the field. There is no opening like there is at Gillette Stadium. The seats in the first and third levels are green, with the seats in the middle levels gray. When looking at the third level, one section of seats is painted to create the image of an Eagle. As reporters look to their left from the press box, downtown Philadelphia can be seen. On the second level of one of the end zones, in the corner, for former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins. Philadelphia's top four major professional teams all play right in the same area, as Lincoln Financial Field is right next to the Wells Fargo Center (Flyers/76ers) and Citizens Bank Field (Phillies).
Players not expected to play. Earlier in the day, colleague Field Yates detailed the Patriots players not expected to suit up tonight because of injury. There could be others who are also held out. One area to watch is the right guard position, where injuries have the Patriots down their fifth-string with veteran tackle Will Svitek kicking inside.
Boger gets the call. Referee Jerome Boger has been assigned tonight's game.
Television coverage. The Patriots Preseason Television Network broadcasts tonight's game, with Dan Roche (host), Christian Fauria (analysis), Matt Chatham (sideline) and Steve Burton (sideline) on the scene, and Patriots Football Weekly's beat writers Paul Perillo and Andy Hart also providing insight and analysis. The game can be seen in every New England state as well as Hawaii. On NFL Network, the game will be carried live using the Philadelphia Eagles broadcast.
Radio broadcast. The Sports Hub (98.5) is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network, and Bob Socci makes his debut on play-by-play, working alongside analyst Scott Zolak.
Press box feel. Here in the press box, reporters from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Providence Journal, Comcast SportsNet, ESPNBoston.com and MassLive.com are present. Continuing an ESPNBoston.com tradition, "Mike & Ike's" will be consumed throughout. Tonight's flavor: Tropical Typhoon.