Despite being a little less than ten years old, the Philadelphia Eagles have already begun to grow tired of Lincoln Financial Field. The team confirmed reports they are researching significant upgrades to the fairly new stadium. With a price tag ranging anywhere from $60 to $100 million, all of which the Eagles organization is solely responsible for, improvements should include field-level boxes, additional seats, improved video boards, renovations to clubs on the east and west sides, and upgrades to the entrances.
“We retained an architect and we’re working with the architect to explore ideas,” Eagles President Don Smolenski told the Daily News. “We haven’t figured out ‘the what’ or ‘the when.’ That’s down the path in the process. We’re just exploring, soliciting feedback and evaluating ideas.”
The Linc is on the lower end of the spectrum as far as capacity and with what other teams are raking in thanks to their luxury field level boxes (some over $200,000 annually), additional seats and boxes just seems to make sound fiscal sense. The overall goal of the project is to be sure the Eagles are competing in a first-rate facility, as are many other teams in the NFL.
“Jeffrey (Lurie, Eagles owner) has made it a priority from a business perspective for us to keep the building maintained at the highest level and keep it as new as the day it opened,” Smolenski said. “We hear that from our colleagues around the league and people who come through the building. They are impressed at how well it has been maintained.”
Although the Eagles have won the majority of their games in the Linc they have yet to go on to a Super Bowl. Perhaps the Vince Lombardi Trophy was just waiting to come home to a stadium worthy of its presence. Let’s see what happens after the renovation.