NFL helping Eagles improve the Linc

NFL helping Eagles improve the Linc
May 21, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Eagles fans will notice some changes this coming season at Lincoln Financial Field designed to upgrade the stadium and enhance fan experience.

The NFL on Tuesday approved a plan to give the franchise some financial support as the venue undergoes cosmetic enhancements. The league announced the decision at the Owners Meetings in Boston.

Advances in technology, including high-definition TV and Wi-Fi, coupled with the rise of ticket and parking prices have improved the in-home watching experience of NFL games and threatens to take paying customers out of stadiums.

The league is trying to ensure that season-ticket holders can maximize their entertainment at the venue.

“We are excited to have received league support today for our stadium revitalization project at Lincoln Financial Field,” Eagles president Don Smolenski said in a statement. Smolenski added that more details of the project will be shared in “the coming weeks.”

The league also approved a $200 million loan to the Falcons for the construction of a billion-dollar multipurpose arena, according to the Associated Press.

Last June, an article in the Sports Business Journal chronicled some of the upgrades for the Linc, which is nearly 10 years old. It opened in August of 2003.

Some of the proposed enhancements included improved video technology to high definition standards and updated guest amenities, improved seating in the corners, field-level club boxes and suite upgrades. The cost of the project was estimated at between $60 and $100 million, the story reported.

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