Lincoln Financial Field

Lincoln Financial Field, also known as simply “The Linc”, is an American football stadium located in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, United States. It serves as the home stadium of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) and the Temple Owls football team of Temple University. It is located in South Philadelphia on Pattison Avenue between 11th and South Darien streets, also alongside I-95 as part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. It has a seating capacity of 69,796.

The stadium opened on August 3, 2003 after two years of construction that began on May 7, 2001, replacing Veterans Stadium. While total seating capacity is similar to that of “The Vet”, the new stadium contains double the number of luxury and wheelchair-accessible seats, along with more modern services. The field’s construction included several light emitting diode (LED) video displays, as well as more than 624 feet (190 m) of LED ribbon boards.[4]

Naming rights were sold in June 2002 to the Lincoln Financial Group, for a sum of $139.6 million over 21 years. Together, the City of Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania contributed approximately $188 million to the stadium construction.[5] Additional construction funding was raised from the sale of Stadium Builder’s Licenses to Eagles season ticket holders.

The Army–Navy football game is frequently played at the stadium due to Philadelphia being located halfway between both service academies, the stadium being able to house the large crowds in attendance, and the historic nature of the city. Temple University‘s Division I college football team also plays their home games at Lincoln Financial Field, paying the Eagles $3 million a year to do so as of February 2020.[6] The Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer have played exhibition games here against high-profile international clubs when their stadium Subaru Park does not provide adequate seating. The stadium also plays host to several soccer games each year. It has also played host to the NCAA lacrosse national championship four times, in 2005, 2006, 2013, and 2019 respectively.


The design of the stadium is meant to evoke the team’s namesake eagle with wing like canopies above the east and west stands and the “Eagle’s Nest” balcony beyond the north end-zone. The team’s primary eagle logo is patterned in the dark green seats of the upper deck of the east and west stands. Three open corners of the stadium provide fans with views of the Philadelphia skyline and the field. The exterior of the stadium uses a brick façade to reference the historic brick architecture present throughout Philadelphia, while the exposed steel structure evokes the city’s bridges and future.[7]

In late spring 2013, the Eagles announced that there would be some major upgrades to Lincoln Financial Field over the next two years. The total project estimate was valued at over $125 million. The upgrades included seating expansion, two new HD video boards, upgraded amenities, WiFi, and two new connecting bridges for upper levels. These upgrades were decided upon after research from season ticket holders, advisory boards, and fan focus groups. The majority of these changes, including WiFi (which would accommodate 45,000 users and have coverage over the entire stadium), were completed by the 2013 home opener. The upgraded sound systems and video boards were finished for the 2014 season.[8]

Suites and lounges

Lincoln Financial Field from I-95, before addition of solar panels to exterior.

There are 172 Luxury Suites at Lincoln Financial Field. They range in capacity from 12 to 40 people and cost $75,000 to $300,000 per year or $20,000 for a single game rental. The suites are located in six separate areas throughout the stadium. There are 3,040 luxury suite seats in total.[9]

There are 2 exclusive 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2) club lounges in the stadium. The lounge on the west side is the “Hyundai Club” and the one on the east side is the “Tork Club”. Suite holders and club seat holders have access to these 2 lounges. There are a total of 10,828 club seats in the stadium. These club seats feature some unique benefits above and beyond the lounges. One major benefit is the lounges open hours before the event, in most cases 2–4 hours. The lounges also have multiple full-service bars in them. The seats in the club level are padded, and there is also a wait staff present to serve food and drinks.[9]


There are numerous parking lots surrounding Lincoln Financial Field. The parking assignments may change depending on other activities in the area on a particular day. According to the stadium’s website, all lots will cost visitors $40 and $80 for an oversized vehicle. Tailgating is allowed in all lots except for T-X lots. The majority of the lots are public cash lots, but visitors should visit the website Lincoln Financial Field Parking for more information before heading to an event.[10]

Notable events

  • August 3, 2003: Lincoln Financial Field hosted its first ticketed event, a soccer match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona.
  • August 22, 2003: The Philadelphia Eagles hosted the New England Patriots in the first pre-season football game at Lincoln Financial Field.
  • September 6, 2003: Lincoln Financial Field hosted its first regular-season college football game, a college matchup of local Philadelphia rivals: Villanova and Temple. Villanova prevailed 23–20 in double overtime.
  • September 8, 2003: The Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers competed on Monday Night Football in the first regular-season NFL game at Lincoln Financial Field. The game was referenced as the “Inaugural Game” at Lincoln Financial Field. The Buccaneers defeated the Eagles 17–0 in their new home.
  • NFC Divisional Playoff: January 11, 2004 (Philadelphia Eagles 20, Green Bay Packers 17). This game is also known as “The Miracle of 4th and 26“. Donovan McNabb connected on a 28-yard pass to receiver Freddie Mitchell on 4th and 26 late in the 4th quarter with the Eagles out of timeouts. This led to the game-tying field goal that sent the game into overtime. In the overtime period, Brett Favre tossed an interception to Brian Dawkins, which set up David Akers‘ game-deciding 37-yard field goal that sent the Eagles to their third straight NFC Championship Game.
  • NFC Championship Game: January 18, 2004: (Carolina Panthers 14, Philadelphia Eagles 3). Eagles lose their third straight NFC Championship Game.
  • May 2004: Minor modifications were made to the stadium to change capacity slightly. Some seats were removed from the club box level to increase handicap access. The temporary seats were removed in the north east end zone and a permanent structure was erected and formally named The Pepsi Zone. It is designed as a family-friendly section.
  • NFC Divisional Playoff: January 16, 2005: (Philadelphia Eagles 27, Minnesota Vikings 14). Eagles advance to their fourth-consecutive NFC Championship Game.
  • NFC Championship Game: January 23, 2005: (Philadelphia Eagles 27, Atlanta Falcons 10). Eagles advance to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1980.
  • NFC Wild Card Playoff: January 7, 2007: (Philadelphia Eagles 23, New York Giants 20). David Akers wins the game with a field goal as time expires.
  • September 23, 2007: Wearing 1933 throwback uniforms celebrating the team’s 75th anniversary, the Eagles set multiple team records in a 56–21 victory over the Detroit Lions; the second most points in team history. It was the first time the Eagles ever had a 300-yard passer (Donovan McNabb), a 200-yard receiver (Kevin Curtis), and a 100-yard rusher (Brian Westbrook) in the same game.
  • April 10, 2010: The Philadelphia Union win their inaugural home opener, a 3–2 victory over D.C. United. A second match was played against FC Dallas on May 15; those games served as home games before the opening of PPL Park June 27 against Seattle Sounders FC.
  • May 29, 2010: US men’s national soccer team won their match 2–1 against Turkey in the last game of the 2010 World Cup Send Off Series. A crowd of 55,407 people attended, setting at the time a new attendance record for U.S Soccer at Lincoln Financial Field.
  • July 21, 2010: Philadelphia Union hosted Manchester United on their North America tour. Manchester United won, 1–0.[11]
  • September 12, 2010: The Eagles honored the 50th Anniversary of their last NFL Championship as they wore replicas of the 1960 uniforms in a 27–20 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
  • NFC Wild Card Playoff: January 9, 2011: (Green Bay Packers 21, Philadelphia Eagles 16). Michael Vick throws a game-ending interception.
  • December 8, 2013: The Eagles erased a 14-point deficit to score 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter en route to a 34–20 victory over the Detroit Lions amidst a driving snowstorm that lasted throughout the game. This game is referred to as the “Snow Bowl”.
  • NFC Wild Card Playoff: January 4, 2014: (New Orleans Saints 26, Philadelphia Eagles 24). Shayne Graham kicks the game-winning field goal at the end of the game.
  • 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final: July 26, 2015: Mexico defeated Jamaica, 3–1, at a nearly sold-out event with 68,930 in attendance.[12]
  • October 31, 2015: Temple vs Notre Dame on ESPN Saturday Night Football on ABC in primetime in front of a sold-out record crowd of 69,280. Notre Dame defeated Temple by a score of 24–20.
  • NFC Divisional Playoff: January 13, 2018: (Philadelphia Eagles 15, Atlanta Falcons 10). The Eagles stopped the Falcons on 4th and goal in the final minute to preserve the victory.
  • NFC Championship Game: January 21, 2018: (Philadelphia Eagles 38, Minnesota Vikings 7). Eagles advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in thirteen years, winning Super Bowl LII.
  • NFL Kickoff Game: September 6, 2018: (Philadelphia Eagles 18, Atlanta Falcons 12). The Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Atlanta Falcons in a rematch of their 2017 NFC Divisional Playoff matchup.
  • 2019 NHL Stadium Series: February 23, 2019: The Philadelphia Flyers defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4–3 in overtime, in front of a crowd of 69,620, the largest recorded attendance for a hockey game in Pennsylvania.
  • November 20, 2019: The Linc welcomed the Pleasantville Greyhounds and Camden Panthers for a resumption of a high school football game that was interrupted on November 15 due to a shooting that left one dead.
  • NFC Wild Card Playoff: January 5, 2020: (Seattle Seahawks 17, Philadelphia Eagles 9). Russell Wilson leads the Seahawks past the Eagles after Carson Wentz left with a head injury following a controversial helmet-to-helmet hit from Jadeveon Clowney.


  • For the inaugural season at Lincoln Financial Field (2003), the Eagles imposed a ban on hoagies and cheesesteaks being brought into the stadium, citing security concerns related to the events of September 11. The ban only lasted one week after much mockery by fans and sports radio, along with traditional media.[13]
  • Prior to the first Eagles game of the 2007 season, a ruling was made concerning a Philadelphia and national tradition: tailgating. While the Eagles did not ban the act entirely, they did ban the use of tables and tents as well as the purchasing of more than one parking spot per vehicle. Prices were also doubled to $40 for RVs and buses, and $20 for cars. Fans have been reported to be upset.[14][15]

Training Camp[edit]

The Eagles decided after the 2012 season to move training camp back to Philadelphia. As a part of this new agreement the Eagles will have multiple practices, which are open to the public, at Lincoln Financial Field. The rest of the practices will be closed, and will take place across the street at the NovaCare Complex. Information about tickets and dates can be found at Training Camp Information.[16]

College football

Lincoln Financial Field before a Temple Owls football game in 2011.

Lincoln Financial Field is the home field for Temple University football. On August 13, 2003, the Philadelphia Eagles and Temple University announced a 15-year agreement for Temple to play their home football games at Lincoln Financial Field.[17] Temple played its first game at the Linc on September 6, 2003 against Villanova, the teams’ first meeting since 1980. During the 2015 season, the Temple Owls sold out the Linc on two occasions. The September 5 season opener against Penn State, and again on October 31 in a prime time matchup against Notre Dame. With its capacity of 69,796, it is the largest stadium in the American Athletic Conference.

Lincoln Financial Field is the primary home to the Army–Navy Game. The game has been played the most often in Philadelphia. It was played at Veterans Stadium for the final time in 2001, and prior to the Vet, at John F. Kennedy Stadium and Franklin Field. The Linc hosted the game five times between 2003 and 2009. It was announced on June 9, 2009 that the game would be played in Philadelphia at the Linc in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.[18]

Lincoln Financial Field is one of only five stadiums to be the home of both an NFL and college team, with the other four being Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (Raiders and UNLV), Hard Rock Stadium in Miami (Dolphins and Hurricanes), Heinz Field in Pittsburgh (Steelers and Panthers), and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa (Buccaneers and South Florida).

Attendance Records

Rank Attendance Date Game Result
1 69,280 October 31, 2015 21 Temple 20, 9 Notre Dame 24
2 69,179 September 5, 2015 Temple 27, Penn State 10
3 69,029 November 10, 2007 Temple 0, 25 Penn State 31
4 57,323 September 17, 2011 Temple 10, Penn State 14
5 35,279 October 13, 2012 Temple 10, 17 Rutgers 35
6 35,179 October 10, 2015 Temple 49, Tulane 10
7 35,117 September 9, 2017 Temple 16, Villanova 13
8 34,253 October 12, 2019 Temple 30, 23 Memphis 28
9 34,005 September 2, 2016 Temple 13, Army 28
10 33,026 October 20, 2018 Temple 24, 20 Cincinnati 17OT
11 32,709 August 31, 2012 Temple 41, Villanova 10
12 32,368 September 3, 2011 Temple 42, Villanova 7
13 32,357 September 1, 2018 Temple 17, Villanova 19
14 32,193 September 3, 2010 Temple 31, Villanova 24
15 31,708 November 21, 2015 Temple 31, Memphis 12
16 31,372 October 17, 2015 Temple 30, UCF 16
17 31,094 September 28, 2019 Temple 24, Georgia Tech 2
18 30,610 September 14, 2019 Temple 20, 21 Maryland 17
19 30,368 August 31, 2007 Temple 19, Navy 30
20 30,091 September 6, 2003 Temple 20, Villanova 232OT


The stadium opened on August 3, 2003 with 68,396 attending a preseason friendly with Manchester United defeating Barcelona 3–1.[19] It hosted some 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches.[citation needed]

Lincoln Financial Field during week 10 of the 2015 NFL Season featuring the Miami Dolphins against the Philadelphia Eagles.

In 2004, after winning the gold-medal in soccer at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the U.S. women’s team conducted a “Fan Celebration Tour”, playing ten matches across the United States from September to December 2004. The matches were the final national team appearances for Mia HammJoy Fawcett, and Julie Foudy, all of whom retired after the tour. The team played at the Linc on November 6, 2004 where they lost 3–1 to Denmark in front of 14,812 spectators.[20]

In late July and early August 2004, Manchester United returned to play Celtic and A.C. Milan played Chelsea in two friendly matches.[21]

On July 18, 2009, Lincoln Financial Field hosted a doubleheader quarterfinal for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The first game was between Canada and Honduras, and the second between USA and Panama. This was the first full international appearance for the United States national soccer team in Philadelphia since a 1968 friendly against Israel at Temple Stadium.[22]

Lincoln Financial Field was listed by U.S. Soccer’s World Cup bid committee as one of 18 stadiums to be potential sites for the United States to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[23][24][25]

The Linc was also the first home of the Philadelphia Union early in 2010. The Union played their home opener against D.C. United at the Linc on April 10, 2010 due to construction delays at their new stadium, PPL Park (now Subaru Park). The Union defeated United, 3–2. The Union also played FC Dallas to a 1–1 tie in the second home game in franchise history at the Linc. After moving to their permanent venue in Chester, the Philadelphia Union continued to use the Linc for matches where ticket demand is expected to far exceed the full capacity at its regular home until 2011.[citation needed] English powerhouse club Manchester United met the Philadelphia Union during their pre-season tour on July 21, 2010 where they lost 1–0.[26] The Union played the Spanish powerhouse club Real Madrid on July 24, 2011, where they lost 2–1.[27]

Lincoln Financial Field also hosted the US National team’s final match on home soil before the 2010 World Cup.[28] The US defeated Turkey 2–1 on May 29, 2010.

The US men’s national team returned to Lincoln Financial Field on August 10, 2011, for an international friendly match against Mexico, where they tied 1-1.[29]

In 2012, the stadium hosted a World Football Challenge match between Real Madrid and Celtic F.C. with Real Madrid winning 2–0.[30]

On August 2, 2014, Lincoln Financial Field hosted a soccer match between A.S. Roma and Inter Milan which was part of the 2014 International Champions Cup. Inter Milan won the match 2–0.[31]

On July 26, 2015, the Linc hosted the final match of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

In 2016, the stadium hosted games in the Copa América Centenario.

The Linc hosted a doubleheader of quarterfinals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and did so again for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[32]

On July 25, 2018, the Linc hosted a 2018 International Champions Cup match between Juventus F.C. and FC Bayern Munich that Juventus won 2–0.[33]

On August 29, 2019, the Linc hosted the US Women’s National Team in the second match of their victory tour in a game against Portugal. The match set the record for the highest attendance for the team in a friendly match, attracting 49,504 fans. The United States won 4–0.[34]

2026 FIFA World Cup

Lincoln Financial Field will host matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup, making it one of the eleven selected US venues.

Panorama of the U.S. National Soccer Team playing the National Team of Turkey on May 29, 2010 as part of the 2010 World Cup send-off series

Other sports

2019 NHL Stadium Series game after the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4–3 in overtime.

The NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2005, 2006, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020 were held at the stadium.[35]

The Philadelphia Phillies celebrated their 2008 World Series championship with a parade down Broad Street, appearance before a sold-out crowd at the Linc, and then a ceremony at Citizens Bank Park. The Citizens Bank Park ceremony was simulcast to the crowd at the Linc.[36] Tickets to the event at Lincoln Financial Field were made available at no cost to the public and were gone within 45 minutes when they were made available at 3pm on October 30, 2008.[37]

Monster Jam performed at the stadium from 2010 to 2012 as part of the summer stadium tour. After a six-year absence, Monster Jam returned to the stadium on May 5, 2018. Previous events took place during the winter at the Spectrum and the Wells Fargo Center from 2013 to 2015.

On February 23, 2019, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4–3 in overtime in the 2019 NHL Stadium Series in front of a crowd of 69,620, the largest record attendance for a hockey game in Pennsylvania.

On July 27, 2022, it was announced that Lincoln Financial Field would host WrestleMania 40, on April 6, and April 7, 2024.[38]

Eventual Replacement

The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to play in Lincoln Financial Field until the 2032 NFL Season.



Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
August 8, 2003 Bruce Springsteen The Rising Tour 139,318 / 147,763 $10,342,060 [39]
August 9, 2003
August 11, 2003
July 19, 2008 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban
LeAnn Rimes
Gary Allan
Luke Bryan
Sammy Hagar
The Poets and Pirates Tour 49,169 / 50,017 $4,519,632 Before 2008 his tours were performed at Wells Fargo Center or Susquehanna Bank Center. His Summer Tours have been held here ever since.[40]
June 27, 2009 Lady Antebellum
Miranda Lambert
Montgomery Gentry
Sun City Carnival Tour 52,343 / 52,343 $4,407,377
June 18, 2011 Kenny Chesney
Zac Brown Band
Billy Currington
Uncle Kracker
Goin’ Coastal Tour 54,166 / 54,166 $5,084,803
July 14, 2011 U2 Interpol U2 360° Tour 72,389 / 72,389 $6,536,230 The show was originally scheduled to take place on July 12, 2010, but was postponed, due to Bono‘s emergency back surgery.
August 6, 2011 Taylor Swift Needtobreathe
Hunter Hayes
James Wesley
Speak Now World Tour 51,395 / 51,395 $4,268,678 [41]
June 16, 2012 Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Jake Owen
Brothers of the Sun Tour 53,111 / 53,111 $5,541,757
June 8, 2013 Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Eli Young Band
Kacey Musgraves
No Shoes Nation Tour 50,962 / 50,962 $5,351,550
July 19, 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran
Austin Mahone
Joel Crouse
The Red Tour 101,277 / 101,277 $8,822,335 On the show of July 20, 2013, after the opening acts performed, Swift was about to start her set, until heavy rain as well as lightning delayed the show.[42][43]
July 20, 2013
August 13, 2014 One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer Where We Are Tour 101,527 / 101,527 $8,818,556
August 14, 2014
August 15, 2014 Luke Bryan Brantley Gilbert
Lee Brice
Cole Swindell
DJ Rock
That’s My Kind of Night Tour 48,576 / 48,576 $3,896,840
June 12, 2015 Taylor Swift Vance Joy
Shawn Mendes
The 1989 World Tour 101,052 / 101,052 $11,987,816 EchosmithCara Delevingne & Mariska Hargitay were special guests.[44][45]
June 13, 2015 Rachel Platten and Mariska Hargitay were special guests.[46]
July 11, 2015 Kenny Chesney Eric Church
Brantley Gilbert
Chase Rice
Old Dominion
The Big Revival Tour 55,131 / 55,131 $5,952,700
August 30, 2015 Kevin Hart What Now? Tour 53,000 First comedian to sell out a football stadium for a stand-up comedy show.
September 1, 2015 One Direction Icona Pop On the Road Again Tour 47,761 / 47,761 $3,079,651 During the performance, the band performed a cover of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” by Will Smith.
June 5, 2016 Beyoncé DJ Khaled The Formation World Tour 47,223 / 47,223 $5,563,435 Heavy rain and lighting slightly delayed the start of the concert. Yo Gotti, Young GunzFreewayMeek Mill and Rick Ross joined DJ Khaled during the opening act.[47]
June 25, 2016 Kenny Chesney Miranda Lambert
Big & Rich
Old Dominion
Spread the Love Tour 48,322 / 50,676 $4,634,450
July 14, 2016 Guns N’ Roses Wolfmother Not in This Lifetime… Tour 49,328 / 49,328 $4,883,474
August 6, 2016 Coldplay Alessia Cara
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 54,497 / 54,497 $5,530,866
September 29, 2016 Beyoncé DJ Khaled The Formation World Tour 44,693 / 44,693 $3,353,627
May 12, 2017 Metallica Volbeat WorldWired Tour 49,722 / 51,728 $5,421,187 Avenged Sevenfold was not able to appear as an opening act for Metallica due to Synyster Gates’ wife going into labor.[48]
June 18, 2017 U2 The Lumineers The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 56,570 / 56,570 $6,259,880
June 9, 2018 Kenny Chesney Thomas Rhett
Old Dominion
Brandon Lay
The Trip Around The Sun Tour 55,238 / 55,238 $6,384,845
July 13, 2018 Taylor Swift Camila Cabello
Charli XCX
Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour 107,378 / 107,378 $11,951,047 During the second show, Swift performed “Our Song” and “Wildest Dreams” a cappella after the levitating basket stage used during “Delicate” malfunctioned.[49]
July 14, 2018
July 30, 2018 Beyoncé
Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled On the Run II Tour 54,870 / 54,870 $6,709,691 Black Effect” was premiered and added to the setlist.
September 27, 2018 Ed Sheeran Snow Patrol
÷ Tour 54,292 / 54,292 $5,161,683
July 23, 2019 The Rolling Stones Des Rocs No Filter Tour 51,115 / 51,115 $11,741,373 This concert was originally scheduled to take place on June 4, 2019 but was postponed due to Mick Jagger recovering from a heart procedure.[50]
June 8, 2022 Coldplay H.E.R. Music of the Spheres World Tour The band performed a small excerpt of “Fly, Eagles Fly“.[51]
June 19, 2022 Kenny Chesney Carly Pearce
Dan + Shay
Old Dominion
Here and Now Tour
July 14, 2022 The Weeknd Kaytranada
Mike Dean
After Hours til Dawn Stadium Tour TBA TBA [52] [53]
August 31, 2022 Rammstein Duo Jatekok Rammstein Stadium Tour Originally scheduled for August 23, 2020


The stadium is prominently featured in the opening of the TV show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It also features in the third episode of season 3 of the show.


In 2013, Lincoln Financial Field was considered one of the “greenest” NFL stadiums.[54] Energy-efficient additions include 11,000 solar panels, and 14 UGE-4K wind turbines outside and on top of the stadium respectively. These installations account for 30% of the electricity used to run the facility. 2013 also marked the fourth year in a row that the venue made the top of PETA‘s list of “Vegetarian-Friendly NFL Stadiums”.[55]