Will upgrades at the Linc put Philadelphia in contention as a Super Bowl host city?

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The Philadelphia Eagles announced over the weekend a that Lincoln Financial Field would undergo a Stadium Revitalization Project over the next two years intended to enhance the fan experience at games.

Included in the project, which will conclude prior to the start of the 2014 season, includes Wi-FI (whoo hoo!), an additional 7,000 seats, 2 additional HD video boards, bridges connecting the upper levels of the stadium and imagery to connect great moments and players of the team, including 34 murals placed along the upper and main concourses. The project will total $125 million.

Of the planned improvements, team owner Jeffrey Lurie said,

“This is an exciting and new era for the Philadelphia Eagles. Just watching the new HD boards will be fun as the game will be captured in a powerful way for fans. And celebrating players and pivotal moments in games is a wonderful way to showcase the Eagles proud history as a team. Fans will see these all around the stadium.”

While improving the fan experience at games is certainly a goal for the Eagles organization, might there be anything else motivating the team to implement the changes?

With the improvements and state-of-the-art technology, Lurie says that seeking to host the most prestigious event in American sports certainly is a possibility.

Lurie said to CSNPhilly,

 “You know, that wasn’t the intention. But certainly when I’m on the Super Bowl committee, when you’re bidding for a Super Bowl, the committee looks very closely at your stadium and your city, what you can host, and Philadelphia would be a great place.”

Like the rest of the football world, Lurie will have his eyes closely on New York as they host the big game in 2014. Should the weather prove to be a non-factor in the game, then he sees no reason why Philadelphia can’t serve as host to the game one day.

“We’re going to root for a decent weather day in New York and New Jersey. We think we have a great city here to host it, and a great stadium. And I’m sure a lot of people feel the same way.”

That will all be determined at a much later time. For now, have fun looking through some of the renderings of what the Linc will look like at the project’s completion next year.

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McFive will be back at the Linc as part of the team’s history.

 

What the new concourse in sections 104 and 105 will look like post-project.

What the new concourse in sections 104 and 105 will look like post-project.

 

Was there any doubt as to B-Dawk's image in updated Linc? It's pretty much mandatory.

Was there any doubt as to B-Dawk’s image in updated Linc? It’s pretty much mandatory.

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