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So I’ve always enjoyed watching the games with friends but for the first time I decided to go the Linc this past season (2018). It was the Vikings game, first row right on 50 yard line....big mistake.

Got there about 2 hours early, the traffic wasn’t bad but unfortunately it’s impossible to get parking. So the walk was around 1/4th of a mile or even more. Normally, I love to exercise and jog/walk/hikelong distance but I recently had knee surgery due to a sports related injury. Same surgeon as Carson Wentz, Dr. Bradley - head orthopedic surgeon of the Pittsburgh Steelers - awesome doctor, who would talk about anything (I can’t say what else because I don’t want to get him in trouble). So I was in a brace and walked that 1/4 mile...in retrospect I should’ve just called an Uber to the stadium from the parking. 

The tailgates were awesome, interesting people had a lot of fun. Also, some live music and great food, although I only had a little. Inside the stadium area, they had an on-air Eagles show going on. The official Eagles shop was very nice too.

When I got to my seat, of course with my luck, there was a Vikings fan sitting to my left and a Vikings fan to my right. Although both of them were pretty cool. One was traveling to every single Vikings game this season (bucket list). He said he normally would get tickets in the higher up sections but was afraid to go to them in this stadium as a Vikings fan 😂.

The seats were the worst. I assumed that being closest to the field at the 50 yard line was the best way to go, however with that viewing angle it’s so hard to see what’s going on. I had to constantly look at the big screens on the left and right side of the field. Next time, I’m going with the club seats. I remember that game itself being infuriating, barely being able to get a single first down.

Leaving the stadium is the worst headache. My god, it took 45 minutes to get out of the parking area. My advice: take the train or get an Uber. If the train works out well and I don’t have to deal with transportation I’ll definitely go to more games.

Overall, very fun. We are gonna take a tour of the stadium this Spring.

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2 hours ago, OzzyX said:

So I’ve always enjoyed watching the games with friends but for the first time I decided to go the Linc this past season (2018). It was the Vikings game, first row right on 50 yard line....big mistake.

Got there about 2 hours early, the traffic wasn’t bad but unfortunately it’s impossible to get parking. So the walk was around 1/4th of a mile or even more. Normally, I love to exercise and jog/walk/hikelong distance but I recently had knee surgery due to a sports related injury. Same surgeon as Carson Wentz, Dr. Bradley - head orthopedic surgeon of the Pittsburgh Steelers - awesome doctor, who would talk about anything (I can’t say what else because I don’t want to get him in trouble). So I was in a brace and walked that 1/4 mile...in retrospect I should’ve just called an Uber to the stadium from the parking. 

The tailgates were awesome, interesting people had a lot of fun. Also, some live music and great food, although I only had a little. Inside the stadium area, they had an on-air Eagles show going on. The official Eagles shop was very nice too.

When I got to my seat, of course with my luck, there was a Vikings fan sitting to my left and a Vikings fan to my right. Although both of them were pretty cool. One was traveling to every single Vikings game this season (bucket list). He said he normally would get tickets in the higher up sections but was afraid to go to them in this stadium as a Vikings fan 😂.

The seats were the worst. I assumed that being closest to the field at the 50 yard line was the best way to go, however with that viewing angle it’s so hard to see what’s going on. I had to constantly look at the big screens on the left and right side of the field. Next time, I’m going with the club seats. I remember that game itself being infuriating, barely being able to get a single first down.

Leaving the stadium is the worst headache. My god, it took 45 minutes to get out of the parking area. My advice: take the train or get an Uber. If the train works out well and I don’t have to deal with transportation I’ll definitely go to more games.

Overall, very fun. We are gonna take a tour of the stadium this Spring.

If you have a ADA placard they do have Day Of Game parking next to the stadium (They don't advertise it and it is First Come -  First Served).  I go with my dad who has one due to his issues.

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1 hour ago, aziz15 said:

If you have a ADA placard they do have Day Of Game parking next to the stadium (They don't advertise it and it is First Come -  First Served).  I go with my dad who has one due to his issues.

 

didn't know that, thanks

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To be honest, many fans on here could have told you about the non-injury related, game attendance logistics.  Seats very low behind the sideline are terrible at every football game because you lack depth perception and angles to actually see plays develop.  If you have to sit on the sideline, sitting on the Eagles (west) sideline is a little better because you at least are close to the players and see what they are doing on the sideline (and can yell at and mock Howard Eskin too 😁), though on that sideline you also have to worry about the roving TV camera stand set up behind the player benches blocking your view from time to time if you are between the 20 yard lines.  I have a friend who is a season ticket holder who I sometimes go with to Eagles games, and his seats are in the 4th row on the Eagles' sideline at about the 30 yard line towards the north/TV left end of the field.  I genuinely dislike those seats (and primarily am willing to sit there because my friend gives me a good price and I get to spend some time with him), and much prefer to sit higher in the stadium, at the very least near the back of the lower level.  If you don't want to pay extra for club level seats, the first 3-4 rows of the upper deck, which are physically separated from the rest of the seats in the upper deck, are secretly good seats.  I'll add that end zone seats, or at least club/upper deck end zone seats, in some ways are better than sideline seats IMO, because you can see plays develop better from behind or in front of the play.  (Think about articles you've read that contain embedded videos analyzing plays; they always use an end zone view when examining formations.)

As far as parking, depending on where you are coming from/going to after the game, if you are willing to walk (and I realize you were injured when you attended the 2018 Vikings game, so what I'm about to say wouldn't have applied in that case), parking in the lot over near the NovaCare complex west of Broad Street is a good spot, especially if you are heading south (I-95) or west (I-476/Blue Route via I-95 or I-76/Schuylkill Expressway) or even east (Schuylkill Expressway and Walt Whitman Bridge).  You can get in and out of the parking lot easily, and heading west on Pattison allows you easy access to the Platt Bridge (to I-95 South), 20th Street (Schuylkill Expressway eastbound), and 26th Street (Schuylkill Expressway westbound).  The general rule of thumb is the closer you park to the stadium, the harder it is to get out of the parking lot after a game.  Incidentally, I concur that using transit is a good option; many times when I attend games at stadium complex (Eagles, Phillies, Temple football, 76ers), especially with Eagles games or when I take a day trip to Philadelphia and a game is part of the day trip, I use Amtrak between DC and Philadelphia and SEPTA between 30th Street Station and Broad/Pattison on the Broad Street Line.

P.S.1 If you ever attend non-Eagles day games at the stadium complex (primarily Phillies Sunday games, some 76ers or Flyers Saturday games, or many Temple football games) and are willing to walk, you can almost always park for free during day games at FDR Park, the community park south of Pattison Avenue and west of Broad Street across from the stadium complex.  Parking is only charged there when crowds of over 50,000 people are anticipated at the stadium complex, and the gates for the park close at 9 PM (summer) or 6 PM (winter) depending on the month.  If you do park over there, just make sure you don't park in the lot for the private golf course that is also located there.  (If you enter FDR Park from 20th Street, the golf course lot is on the right, while the FDR Park lots are on the left and straight ahead.)  I pretty much always park there for Sunday afternoon Phillies games.

P.S.2 Most NFL teams actually have an on-site pre-game show at the stadium.  With the Eagles, it is always on the north side of the stadium outside the Headhouse Plaza.  At the Meadowlands, it is on the southeast side of the stadium near where the Meadowlands train lets passengers off.  At FedEx Field, it is on the east side of the stadium near one of the access roads from the DC Beltway/I-495.  (I don't know where it is in Baltimore or the other couple of NFL stadiums where I've seen Eagles games.)

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On 3/2/2019 at 7:10 AM, CHIP72 said:

To be honest, many fans on here could have told you about the non-injury related, game attendance logistics.  Seats very low behind the sideline are terrible at every football game because you lack depth perception and angles to actually see plays develop.  If you have to sit on the sideline, sitting on the Eagles (west) sideline is a little better because you at least are close to the players and see what they are doing on the sideline (and can yell at and mock Howard Eskin too 😁), though on that sideline you also have to worry about the roving TV camera stand set up behind the player benches blocking your view from time to time if you are between the 20 yard lines.  I have a friend who is a season ticket holder who I sometimes go with to Eagles games, and his seats are in the 4th row on the Eagles' sideline at about the 30 yard line towards the north/TV left end of the field.  I genuinely dislike those seats (and primarily am willing to sit there because my friend gives me a good price and I get to spend some time with him), and much prefer to sit higher in the stadium, at the very least near the back of the lower level.  If you don't want to pay extra for club level seats, the first 3-4 rows of the upper deck, which are physically separated from the rest of the seats in the upper deck, are secretly good seats.  I'll add that end zone seats, or at least club/upper deck end zone seats, in some ways are better than sideline seats IMO, because you can see plays develop better from behind or in front of the play.  (Think about articles you've read that contain embedded videos analyzing plays; they always use an end zone view when examining formations.)

As far as parking, depending on where you are coming from/going to after the game, if you are willing to walk (and I realize you were injured when you attended the 2018 Vikings game, so what I'm about to say wouldn't have applied in that case), parking in the lot over near the NovaCare complex west of Broad Street is a good spot, especially if you are heading south (I-95) or west (I-476/Blue Route via I-95 or I-76/Schuylkill Expressway) or even east (Schuylkill Expressway and Walt Whitman Bridge).  You can get in and out of the parking lot easily, and heading west on Pattison allows you easy access to the Platt Bridge (to I-95 South), 20th Street (Schuylkill Expressway eastbound), and 26th Street (Schuylkill Expressway westbound).  The general rule of thumb is the closer you park to the stadium, the harder it is to get out of the parking lot after a game.  Incidentally, I concur that using transit is a good option; many times when I attend games at stadium complex (Eagles, Phillies, Temple football, 76ers), especially with Eagles games or when I take a day trip to Philadelphia and a game is part of the day trip, I use Amtrak between DC and Philadelphia and SEPTA between 30th Street Station and Broad/Pattison on the Broad Street Line.

P.S.1 If you ever attend non-Eagles day games at the stadium complex (primarily Phillies Sunday games, some 76ers or Flyers Saturday games, or many Temple football games) and are willing to walk, you can almost always park for free at FDR Park, the community park south of Pattison Avenue and west of Broad Street across from the stadium complex for day games.  Parking is only charged there when crowds of over 50,000 people are anticipated at the stadium complex, and the gates for the park close at 9 PM (summer) or 6 PM (winter) depending on the month.  If you do park over there, just make sure you don't park in the lot for the private golf course that is also located there.  (If you enter FDR Park from 20th Street, the golf course lot is on the right, while the FDR Park lots are on the left and straight ahead.)  I pretty much always park there for Sunday afternoon Phillies games.

P.S.2 Most NFL teams actually have an on-site pre-game show at the stadium.  With the Eagles, it is always on the north side of the stadium outside the Headhouse Plaza.  At the Meadowlands, it is on the southeast side of the stadium near where the Meadowlands train lets passengers off.  At FedEx Field, it is on the east side of the stadium near one of the access roads from the DC Beltway/I-495.  (I don't know where it is in Baltimore or the other couple of NFL stadiums where I've seen Eagles games.)

 

Some very helpful info here, thanks

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