Philadelphia’s “Linc” opened its door 19 years ago

Posted on August 3, 2022 - Last Updated on August 8, 2022

Lincoln Financial Field celebrates its 19th anniversary today.

Home of the Philadelphia Eagles, “The Linc” opened its doors on August 3, 2003, two years after construction began. Lincoln Financial Field replaced Veterans Stadium, and holds a capacity of 69,879. The Temple Owls, as well as soccer and lacrosse matchups, the Army-Navy game, and big-name concerts are among other events hosted at The Linc.

LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD AND THE EAGLES

Despite primarily being built as a replacement for the Philadelphia Eagles, the first ticketed game was a soccer match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona.

One month later, on September 6, 2003, the Eagles hosted their “Inaugural Game” against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, losing 17-0. Since then, the Linc has hosted four NFC Wild Card Playoff games, three NFC Divisional Playoff games, and three NFC Championship games. Philadelphia’s two most recent championship games (2005 and 2018) resulted in Super Bowl runs. Though neither Super Bowl games were played at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles brought back the franchise’s first-ever Lombardi Trophy in 2018. The game was a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots. A week later, Philadelphia hosted a Super Bowl parade beginning at The Linc, finishing at City Hall.

The Eagles are now preparing for their 19th season, and they hope to continue to make history. Last week, training camp began for the 2022-2023 season. This Sunday, August 7, the team will host an open practice at the Linc — a tradition dating back to 2012.  The Eagles will then host their first preseason game against the New York Jets on Friday, August 12. Their first regular season game will be played on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Eagles are expected to play in Lincoln Financial Field until the 2032 NFL season.

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Alicia was born and raised in Philadelphia, becoming an avid Eagles fan as a child. She graduated from Penn State University and now works in the medical field. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and baking.

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