Lincoln Financial Field is no longer just a football stadium. It has evolved into a sports entertainment venue.
Last year, prior to the start of the Eagles' regular season, phase one of a stadium facelift was completed -- a $35 million project that entailed a new wi-fi system, concession stand upgrades, pro shop expansions, historical imagery, and touchdown club and suite revitalization.
Now, the Linc is in the $90 million phase two portion of the project, which started immediately after the Eagles' season ended in January. The long harsh winter slightly interrupted work days but didn’t push workers too far off course.
Some 200 dayside construction workers and about 50 night-shift workers have been on the job nonstop to make sure the last installment of upgrades will be completed on time. In three of the four corners of the lower level, a total of roughly 1,600 new seats are being installed. Above the new seats, bridges are being constructed so fans will be able to walk a full 360 degrees around the upper level of the stadium.
Two new high definition video boards will be placed in each end zone, and LED ribbon boards will be placed along each side of the stadium. The boards will provide 360 degrees of video, animation, real time scores, statistics and more.
Two new club suites (SAC suite and Panasonic suite) are being shaped with all the latest amenities, TVs, beverage bars, bathrooms and concession stands. Throughout the stadium, 1,185 new HD TVs will replace the old ones.
The final phase of this two-phase project will be completed by mid-to-late July, with the first sporting event in the upgraded digs taking place on Aug. 2, a soccer match between Inter Milan and AS Roma.
Yes, in a few months the Linc wont be just a place to watch football. It will be the fashionable place in this region for sports and other entertainment.