Lincoln Financial Field, better known as “The Linc” to Eagles fans, is about to undergo a massive change. On Sunday, Philadelphia announced a $125 million expansion the franchise has dubbed a “Stadium Revitalization Plan” — with the possible goal of eventually landing a Super Bowl bid.
Of course, that is a ways away. Originally built in 2003, this latest round of construction is planned to take two years. It will feature amenities for all fans including new HD video boards, Wi-Fi installation, and bridges that will connect both sides of the upper concourse. In addition, the stadium will expand by 1,600 seats to accommodate nearly 70,000 fans.
Eagles president Don Smolenski, for one, is excited.
“We have had discussions with season ticket holders over the past couple of seasons to find out what was important to them. We listened and developed a plan of action. The revitalization of Lincoln Financial Field that will take place over the next two years is a direct result of those conversations. Our main goal when we began this project was to dramatically enhance the game day experience for our fans. They deserve an exciting and fun experience when they visit Lincoln Financial Field and we are committed to that.”
Team owner Jeffrey Lurie is also thrilled for the new stadium improvements.
“This is an exciting and new era for the Philadelphia Eagles,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “Just watching the new HD boards will be fun as the game will be captured in a powerful way for fans. And celebrating players and pivotal moments in games is a wonderful way to showcase the Eagles proud history as a team. Fans will see these all around the stadium.”
As for that potential Super Bowl bid, Lurie — as well as several other cold-weather teams — will be watching New York’s attempt to host the big game this season. If that goes well, a future bid could definitely be in the works.
“We’re going to watch that very carefully,” Lurie said . “I’m sure we’ve all been at phenomenal football games outside in December and January. So, absolutely, root for a decent-weather day in New York and New Jersey and we think we’ve got a great city here to host it, a great stadium, and I’m sure others feel the same way.”
Check out the preview video of the proposed renovations:
[H/T: CBS Sports]