Here's 60M. How Would You Upgrade the Linc?

Here's 60M. How Would You Upgrade the Linc?

According to a report by Sports Business Journal's Don Muret, the Eagles are planning enhancements to Lincoln Financial Field over the next two off seasons. Total costs for the upgrades could be between $60 million and $100 million, with new field level boxes, improved video technology, and other renovations you can read more about at SBJ.

Despite the football-specific venue's relative youth and vast improvements over its round concrete predecessor, the team will apparently continue to upgrade the experience, as well as their ability to profit from it. The Linc is somewhat spartan compared to some parks, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It'll be interesting to see what exactly they come up with, and what efforts they take to keep what works best about the Linc while adding bells, whistles, and seats.

Our question for you, the folks who fill the stands eight or more times a year, is what you'd want the Birds to improve about their home stadium. Ours below.

Personally, our wishlist is simple, and possibly not among the items earmarked for expenditures approaching $100 million. We're usually upstairs when we're there, and two things fall short. Although the beer offerings along the main level concourse have improved, upstairs it's primarily still stands with low-end bottles. A couple more craft brew stands would go a long way, and probably help thin out the lines at the other stands. Across the parking lot, the Phillies have one of the city's best overall taplists. Would love to see something replicated with seasonals over at the Linc. By the end of the first month, seeing local Oktoberfests replace the late-summer stuff, maybe some porters, winter lagers …

The SBJ report mentions a possible brewpub addition in Headhouse Square, which would be nice and all, but not really any help in addressing the no-good-beer-upstairs issue.

If there's anything left over after our eight-figure overhaul of the upper-deck taplines, the TVs up there are old, small, and put off a huge glare if you're on the sunny side. Tiny tube-backs stuck in the walls over the concessions, the game barely visible as you wait in line. I'm guessing this would be in the mix, but who knows.

So yeah, big shock. The 700 Level wants to spend millions on more beer and nicer TVs. We're a little on the low-tech, low-reward, stuff-our-faces-and-watch-better-TV-at-the-live-event side of things. Truth is, we'd been meaning to post these *ahem* suggestions anyway, and the SBJ news gave us the opportunity. Obviously these won't be the focus of a major upgrade project such as the one they describe. Other than these creature comforts though, we don't remember walking away from the building citing its pressing needs.

Anyone have some large-scale enhancements on their wishlist? Anything equally as base as ours?

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

The Eagles have brought back a familiar face to take Ron Brooks' roster spot.

On Monday, the team claimed defensive tackle Taylor Hart off waivers from San Francisco. Hart was just waived on Saturday by the 49ers, who claimed him after the Eagles waived him at final cuts.

So, Hart is coming back to Philly after a stint with Chip Kelly in San Francisco.

Hart, 25, played in one game for the 49ers this year. The Eagles are light at defensive tackle thanks to Bennie Logan's groin injury. While head coach Doug Pederson on Monday said Logan was getting better, the Eagles still brought in more depth by claiming Hart.

While still with the Eagles, Kelly had a hand in drafting Hart, an Oregon product, in the fifth round of 2014.

Hart worked hard this offseason to learn how to play in Jim Schwartz's aggressive 4-3 defense, which is very unlike the ones he had played in during college and in the NFL.

Brooks has been placed on IR after rupturing a quad tendon during Sunday's game against the Vikings. He'll have surgery this week.

In addition to adding Hart to the active roster, the Eagles also added cornerback Aaron Grymes to their practice squad.

Grymes, 25, was having an impressive training camp and preseason with the Eagles before injuring his right shoulder. He was waived shortly after that.

After coming out of the University of Idaho in 2013, Grymes didn't make an NFL team so he went to Canada. He ended up as a starter and All-Star on the Edmonton Eskimos and won a Grey Cup in 2015.

To make room for Grymes, the Eagles cut OL Matt Rotheram from the practice squad.