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Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia

Updated: September 14, 2007, 5:55 PM ET
By Tony Guadagnoli and Ron Berler | Special to ESPN SportsTravel


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THE BASICS
• Stadium name: Lincoln Financial Field
• Address: 1020 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19145
• Capacity: 68,532
• Opened: 2003
• Surface: Grass
• Distance from downtown Philadelphia: Stadium is located three miles south of city center.
• Web site: Stadium
• Parking/prices: General stadium parking is $20 for cars and $40 for RVs; Web site. For reserved parking tips, click here.
• Alternative transportation options: The quickest way to Lincoln Financial Field is south along the SEPTA Broad Street Subway Line. Exit at the last southbound stop – Pattison Avenue. Extensive directions from other areas can be found at this Web site

LOCAL COLOR
• Unique stadium features: The Eagles have an Honor Roll with 11 members and have retired the jerseys of seven former players: No. 15 Steve Van Buren, No. 40 Tom Brookshier, No. 44 Pete Retzlaff, No. 60 Chuck Bednarik, No. 70 Al Wistert, No. 92 Reggie White and No. 99 Jerome Brown. The Eagles Pep Band has been performing for eight seasons with the Eagles. They stroll around the Lincoln Field Concourse during pregame and lead "Fly, Eagles, Fly," the team's fight song.
• W-L records on Monday night:
Washington: 26-29 (Most recent appearance: lost to Minnesota 19-16, Sept. 11, 2006)
Philadelphia: 20-15 (Most recent appearance: Defeated Carolina 27-24, Dec. 4, 2006)
• Biggest events held at stadium: Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona (2003 inaugural event), NFC Divisional playoff (2004, Miracle of 4th and 26, when Donovan McNabb hooked up with Freddie Mitchell on fourth-and-26, leading to tying field goal; Eagles go on to win 20-17 in overtime), NFC Championship game (2004, 2005 – Eagles reach Super Bowl), Bruce Springsteen sells out three consecutive dates (2003), Army-Navy game (annually).
• Stadium tour info: Tour includes field, locker room, suites and press box. For more information, call 267-570-4510. Web site

TICKET INFORMATION
• StubHub! tickets: Web site
For more information call the Eagles ticket hot line, at 215-463-5500. Ticket-office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Web site

FOOD & DRINK
• Food options inside the stadium: The signature dish? No surprise here, it's the Philly cheese steak. But leave room for Chickie's & Pete's crab fries, a char-grilled Italian sausage or a Johnny Brenda's roast pork Italian sandwich – braised escarole, grilled pork tenderloin medallions and sharp provolone on a seeded roll – a true Philly classic.
• Tailgating scene outside the stadium: Lots open five hours before kickoff. There is only one hotel close to the stadium and no central tailgate theme area.
• Beer selection/prices: Bud and Miller 16-ounce drafts go for a very reasonable $5.75. The same size, in a plastic bottle, will cost you $6.50. A 16-ounce Heineken will set you back $7. Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, Foster's and Michelob also are available throughout the stadium.

• Selected Philadelphia-area restaurants and sports bars:
Steak:
The Capital Grille
1338 Chestnut St. (Avenue of the Arts)
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-545-9588
Web site
This chain of restaurants serves up terrific steak and dessert. The signature 24-ounce, dry-aged porterhouse "saves you from making the tough choice between a sirloin or a filet," according to the restaurant's management.

Hoagies/sandwiches:
Jim's Steaks (Center City)
400 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-928-1911
Web site
Jim's original location in West Philadelphia (431 N. 62nd St.; 215-747-6617) debuted in 1939 and still operates. This South Street store opened in 1976.

Sports bar:
Chickie's & Pete's (South Philadelphia)
1526 Packer Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
215-218-0500
Web site
Located near the stadium and offers a "Taxi Crab" that will pick you up at the stadium and take you back after you're done at Chickie's & Pete's. Crab Fries are a must – here and inside the stadium.

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