Hey folks, I'm a life long Eagles fan who finally made the trip to see them play in Philly. I wanted to post my impressions both as a way to say thanks to the city and everyone in it for being so awesome and also to provide some insight for other first timers. I'm usually pretty difficult to impress but this is something I have wanted to do since I was kid so excuse me if all I do is blab about how awesome everything was. I was there with 3 of my close buddies so there wasn't any family stuff and not much touristy stuff either.
We stayed at the Hyatt on Broad Street which was amazing. Great location and the staff was awesome.
Went and got some cheesesteaks at Pats's, thought they were great and the guy working there was hilarious busting my buddy's balls for not ordering right.
Based on a recommendation from the guy at our hotel we went to Butcher and Singer for a nice steak dinner. One of the best steaks I've ever had.
Love the fact that the subway was free on game day. Didn't realize that it was cool to drink on the subway. Next time I'll be more prepared
We ended up getting tickets to the tailgate party at McFadden's because one of my buddies didn't just want to walk around and tailgate. It was good and got us started off on the right foot as we took full advantage of the all you can drink offer. haha It was a good time but I don't think I would do it again because I would prefer to walk around the lot and mingle.
We left McFaddens around 11 and started walking around. Stopped and talked to a few people, lucky for me one of my buddies is the most outgoing person in the universe when drunk so he started up all the conversations. If you were at the game or in Center City after the game there's a good chance you either talked to him or gave him a high five.
Definitely didn't leave enough time to walk around, only did like two rows of the parking lot. We ended up hanging out with a group of older guys who were awesome. It was some old school Snoop and Dre that caught our attention so we went over and my buddy of course went and introduced ourselves. They had an amazing set up with a camper trailer, big screen, sound system, multiple BBQ's, the works. I was more than impressed. Next thing you know they were feeding us and giving us drinks. They invited us back to their spot after the game and we hung out and "watched" the late game. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't remember any of their names (I'm terrible at names and there was more than a little booze involved) but they said they were in that row every home game so I'm sure some of you locals know who they are. I thanked them for helping to make an amazing day even better and they told me I was welcome back if I ever made it down again. Here's a pic of us with them. If you are at a game and see them, tell them the four drunk guys from Nova Scotia, Canada said hello and thanks again.
Got into the stadium later than I had hoped but the lines weren't too bad considering the number of people going through.
We sat in section 138, row 5. Seats were amazing. It was cool to be that close to the bench and the action. Next time I will try to get a little higher in the lower bowl for a bit of a better view of the entire field but there was NOTHING to complain about with our seats.
Game was amazing (you're probably noticing a trend here). Got to see the start of the Carson Wentz era, and I'd be lying to say it didn't get a little dusty in there for me when he took that first drive and scored. I barely had any voice by halfway through the first quarter.
All in all, easily one of the best days of my life. The whole trip was great, the people were awesome and it was amazing to be in my team's home town where everyone is pulling for the home team. The sense of camaraderie was incredible. I may have drunk texted my wife and told her "I want to ****ing live here!!!" haha.
If I had to do it again, I would skip the paid tailgate party and just walk around. If I was going to go the paid tailgate route I would probably do the Green Legion one just for the Xfinity access. I would get there by 8 am for 1 pm game. Other than that I had such an amazing time I would be happy doing everything else the same. My main advice is that if you are a Philly fan from away and you are on the fence about going to a game, GO!!! The one regret I have is not doing this sooner. I should have been doing this since I was in my early 20's.