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MalFr

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Hi All,

For many, many years i've been an avid Eagles fan, following them from where-ever i've been living at the time - whether that's the UK, Japan, Germany, or now France.
Now though the end of my wait to see them play is getting closer, as finally i'll be at the Linc for the season opener for the game against Washington.
Not only will it be my first Eagles game (couldn't get tickets in London last season) but my first regular season NFL game too. And i can't wait :)

Does anyone have any advice for a non-US game day noob, especially about some of the points below?

The Game is at 1pm - lunch time. I've read that eating/drinking at the Linc isn't often a great plan, so what are the better ways to make sure you don't get hungry/thirsty?

Tailgating. We really want to experience it, but how does it work if we know no-one in town? I've been offered tickets to a commercial tailgate, but i'm not sure if its going to be a good thing or not.

We'll be on the shady side. Early afternoon in September - not going to be too chilly is it? Or will we be in sun for the early part of the afternoon?

Is it worth taking a camera (dslr)? Or from a security/safety point of view will it cause more problems than it's worth (just leave it in the hotel)?

The clear bag policy seems...clear. Any other tips of what to/not bring not already included on the website?

Apart from skipping food inside the Linc, not standing up and getting a clear bag what else should we avoid doing? Or what must we do?

Cheers,

Mal
 

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Congrats! I like going to early season games in September because the weather in Philly doesn't get much better, comfortable temperatures, etc. But it can deviate either way:  it can get really hot, or chilly where you need a jacket, or rain, so watch the weather and be prepared.

The commercial tailgate is a good idea, especially if you haven't tailgated before and don't know what to bring. They will have all the food and drink ready for you. Fill up before the game, because food/drink lines inside the stadium are long and it's guaranteed you will miss some of the game waiting in line. I always plan to bring something to eat in the parking lot before the game, and go get something after it is over.

I try to take as little as possible into the stadium because of security. You will go through metal detectors and bags will be searched, etc. The camera should be fine as long as it's in the clear bag. Don't bring it in a separate, concealed case. LINK

As for cheering, follow what the people in your section are doing and you will be fine. Stay quiet while the offense is on the field but you can cheer for a good play. Stand up and give high-fives when they score. You can get loud while the defense is on the field. Some sections will stand and cheer for the defense, some stay seated, so just follow along.

Arrive early. Headhouse Plaza opens at 10:00, there's usually a band playing and some activity going on. Hang out there until the inner gates open at 11:30, go inside there and check out the lobby by the Pro Shop. There's some cool stuff there. If your seats are in the upper section, plan to be through security by 12:30 or you might miss some of the game. The lines get longer the closer to 1:00 it gets.

Have fun! Go Eagles!

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Excellent, thanks for the Info.

We're in a lower section. What kind of time should we plan to clear security if we want to catch the coin toss?

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Hello @MalFr, I'm afraid that I can't be of much help with your gameday questions, as I've never actually been to an Eagles game either (I know, shame on me). There's plenty of people here on the boards who've been to a lot of games, some season ticket holders or ex-season ticket holders as well as some who've just been to various games, here and there.

@EagleJoe8 or  @FranklinFldEBUpper might also be able to give you some pointers and tips for gameday. One thing that I fully plan to do, when I finally do make my first trip to Philly, so I would suggest that you do too, is get a cheesesteak. Where should you get it from? Well, I'll let someone else answer that, but I've always heard great things about Geno's. Just be sure to study up on how to order.

So, are you French or from one of the other countries that you mentioned (or from someplace you didn't mention)? How did you become an Eagles fan?

One other thing that I'd recommend, go into the Ask Dave Spadaro forum (Sometime between now and the start of training camp) and start a thread telling Dave that you'll be in Philly for your first game and tell him that you're flying in from France for the game. In the past, I've seen him set up a tour of Nova Care (if/when possible), or at the very least meet someone before the game (again, when/if possible) to shake hands and say hello. Of course, I certainly can't promise that any of that would be possible, but it never hurts to try and if it is possible, it would make for a truly memorable experience (above and beyond the gameday experience).

Regardless of all that though, if you have your camera at the stadium then post some pictures in here, after you get back home and let us know how the experience was.

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2 hours ago, MalFr said:

Excellent, thanks for the Info.

We're in a lower section. What kind of time should we plan to clear security if we want to catch the coin toss?

I'm a former season ticket holder. Sadly, most of that time was by myself as the friend who I had tickets with forgot to renew prior to the 01 season.

Anyway, depending on how early you get to the complex, and I do recommend getting there early, like 7 or 8 am early. Feel free to walk around a bit.  If you see someone cooking out, maybe engage in conversation. Assuming you have an accent, play it to your advantage, and people may welcome an out of country fan, and want to help out your experience and offer you a bite to eat. Good way not to spend on stadium food.

I haven't had season tickets since 2011, so it's been awhile, but I believe the stadium gates open 2 or 3 hours prior to kickoff. As mentioned by @toolg, once you get past security, there are a number of things to see, such as live bands, you can check out the pregame radio show, assuming they still do that. The Eagles gift shop is a place you can visit. Keep in mind, the later you decide to get through security, the more of a crowd you'll have to beat. People love to arrive late.

I would recommend getting through security 1 1/2 - 2 hours prior to kickoff. Check out some of the things to see past security, and head to your seat 30-45 minutes before kickoff, and you should be there in plenty of time to see the coin toss.

Enjoy man!

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I can't really offer any advice about tailgating since I never do that. I simply take public transportation to the game and go directly to the stadium.

I suspect that since it's opening day, everyone will be in an upbeat mood, so I suspect everyone will be friendly.

I would recommend getting into the stadium at around noon. At that hour, the line to get in will not be difficult at all. If you wait til 12:30, you're sure to get congestion. Avoid that.

The weather should be lovely at that time of year. Probably in the eighties. I would recommend bringing sunglasses. If you're sitting in the North endzone, the sun will be in your eyes and will be annoying. Same for the East sideline. Obviously it could be cloudy or rainy.

Can't offer any advice about food at the stadium. I'm sure it's overpriced and mediocre.

And only stand if others in front of you are standing. There are few things more annoying than having fans stand up and block your view for no good reason.

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I concur with the recommendations to get to the stadium by 12 PM.  You will beat most people to the stadium if you do that and will have no line or only small lines at security.  Additionally, assuming you are staying in a hotel in Center City Philadelphia, I strongly recommend taking the SEPTA Broad Street Line to the stadium complex.  It’s a bit of a walk from the station to the stadium but not a hard walk, and many, many other people will be doing the same thing.  Attire-wise, I’d be surprised if you need a jacket for an early September day game, even sitting in the shade.

One other, non-game recommendation - check out some of the sports apparel stores in or near Philadelphia on a day before the game and buy something you can wear to the game (if you don’t already have apparel).  Your best bets in Center City are Philly Team Store (on Chestnut between 17th and 18th), Modell’s Sporting Goods (two locations, on Chestnut just east of 16th and on Walnut between 16th and 17th), Mitchell & Ness for vintage apparel (on 12th between Market and Chestnut), and Shibe Vintage Sports for Philadelphia-themed apparel (on 13th between Chestnut and Walnut). If you have a car and/or venture to the suburbs, Rally House, Schuylkill Valley Sports, and the Eagles Pro Shop in (I think) Cherry Hill, as well as other Modell’s, also become options.  You can also check out the Eagles Pro Shop at the stadium one of the days before the game (typically open until 5 PM most days) or on game day prior to the game, though on game day the team store is inside the security and ticket checkpoints.

P.S. I’d you aren’t renting a car and are staying at a hotel in Center City, you don’t have to use a taxi or Uber/Lyft to get there; the SEPTA Airport Line runs every 30 minutes from most of the airport terminals to two Center City stations (Suburban Station and Market East/Jefferson Station) as well as 30th Street Station (the primary Amtrak/intercity rail station in Philadelphia) just west across the Schuylkill (pronounced school-kill) River from Center City.

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3 hours ago, CHIP72 said:

Mitchell & Ness for vintage apparel...

If vintage is the choice, and it's a jersey, I'd go with Harold Carmichael (17), Jaws (7) or Wilbert Montgomery (31) from the late 70's/early 80's. Reggie White (92) or Randall Cunningham (12)  or maybe even a Jerome Brown (99) or Seth Joyner (59) from the late 80's/early 90's. For the early to mid/late 00's, I think there's really only one choice that should be made. Dawk.

From the current era, if a Foles Super Bowl jersey can be found, that would be a good choice. I personally don't like buying current players jerseys and prefer the 'legacy' jerseys, but after Super Bowl LII, I made an exception and bought a Foles LII jersey, then before the 18 season, I bought a Wentz.

Another question that might not be thought of to be asked, are there any areas of the city that should be avoided, safety wise?

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RE: Vintage jerseys - Mitchell & Ness doesn’t make/have all the players you mentioned.  They should have Jaworski, Cunningham, White, Brown, and Dawkins, and might have Carmichael and Montgomery. They almost definitely won’t have Joyner (unfortunately, he’s my all-time favorite Eagles player).

RE: Safe areas - many areas in Philadelphia are at least a little rough, outside of Center City, University City (Penn/Drexel and a little SW of their campuses), Overbrook (first stop going west on the Main Line), City Avenue (St. Joe’s and nearby locations), Chestnut Hill, East Falls, and Temple’s campus.  South Philadelphia has pockets that are alright too, but some sections that are rough.  The worst areas are probably various sections of north Philadelphia, west Philadelphia, and southwest Philadelphia.

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