Arguably the most popular among the city’s collection of professional sports teams, the Philadelphia Eagles maintain one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. It’s hard to visit Philadelphia in the fall and winter without encountering midnight green flags blowing in the wind or “E-A-G-L-E-S” chants breaking out in public.
Below are a few tips to help immerse you in the Philadelphia Eagles fandom during your visit:
Catch a game at the Linc
Part of the South Philadelphia sports complex, Lincoln Financial Field (lovingly referred to as “the Linc”), is the home nest of the Philadelphia Eagles. Opened in 2003, the 70,000-seat stadium has hosted some of the most memorable games in the team’s history, including the 2018 NFC Championship game which ultimately propelled the Eagles to Super Bowl LII (they won – marking the Birds’ first Super Bowl victory). Tickets for the regular season are often sold-out shortly after becoming available, but visitors looking to enjoy a game can find resale tickets on StubHub or Ticketmaster.
TIP: To get to the game with ease, hop on SEPTA’s Broad Street Line which ends at the sports complex. You’ll find yourself surrounded by other passionate fans singing the fight song (more on that below).
Tour the stadium
Tours of Lincoln Financial Field offer unique, behind the scenes looks at the home of the Eagles. Visitors can explore the stadium at their own pace via a self-guided tour, or groups of at least 15 people can schedule a private tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Self-guided tours include trips to the field, Eagles locker room, team tunnel, and post-game Eagles interview room. Guided tours additonally include trips to the press box, broadcast booth, and state-of-the-art sensory room.
Have a “Philly Special” moment
The most notable play in Eagles history may be the “Philly Special” in Super Bowl LII when quarterback Nick Foles caught a go-ahead touchdown pass from the tight end. This moment of trickery helped tip the scales in the Eagles’ favor to eventually secure their first-ever Super Bowl win. The moment the play was called has been forever immortalized via a massive bronze statue of the quarterback-coach tandem, currently gracing the north end of Lincoln Financial Field in Headhouse Plaza. Whether you’re going to a game or visiting on a non-game day, taking a photo with the iconic statue is a must-do.
Grab some Eagles gear
You don’t want to be caught without your midnight green. Headhouse Plaza in Lincoln Financial Field is accessible without needing a ticket on select non-game days, as is the Eagles Pro Shop inside. Both offer a collection of fan paraphernalia including jerseys, hats, shirts, home décor, and more.
TIP: Clothes and shoes are tax-free in Philadelphia so buy your gear when you’re in the city!
Learn (and sing) the fight song
Only a handful of NFL teams have kept alive the long-standing tradition of a good fight song, or a rallying cry for which to celebrate any touchdown scored by the home team. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie attempted to resurrect the fading fad when he bought the team in 1998 after changing the musical key on the old “Eagles Victory Song,” and the song title to “Fly, Eagles, Fly.” Today, the stadium erupts every time Jalen Hurts throws a touchdown to DeVonta Smith or Dallas Goedert runs it into the endzone. It has become so ingrained in the city’s fabric that people often break out in song in their cars, on the subway or even at weddings. The original lyrics were composed by Charles Borrelli and Roger Courtland in 1960, but the newer version has a few tweaks. One constant, the added boost at the end when fans phonetically spell out the team’s name: “E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!”
Want to sing along? Here are the lyrics:
Fly, Eagles Fly!
On the road to victory! (Fight! Fight! Fight!)
Fight, Eagles fight!
Score a touchdown 1, 2, 3! (1! 2! 3!)
Hit ’em low!
Hit ’em high!
And watch our Eagles fly!
Fly, Eagles Fly!
On the road to victory!
Check out a massive Eagles mural
Opposite Lincoln Financial Field along Darien Street, you’ll find the block-long “Our City, Our Team” mural – one of the largest murals in the country – featuring a collage of Eagles moments and related imagery, designed to capture the unique relationship the team has with the city and its fans. It took mural-installation specialists and artists from the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program more than 2,900 hours and 386 gallons of paint to bring the 17,000 square-foot mural to life. Creation began in the fall of 2014, with Eagles players and staff members even helping muralists with the special project. The massive mural was officially dedicated on July 23, 2015.
Watch the game with locals
If you can’t score tickets to a game or the team is away, don’t fret – the city is filled with sports bars and restaurants which will assuredly have their TVs tuned to the Eagles on gameday. For a near-stadium experience, head to Xfinity Live! in the sports complex, which is home to over 100 screens, six distinct sections, and a plethora of gameday specials. Nearby is the new Live! Casino & Hotel, home to Sports & Social Philly — a sports restaurant, gaming venue and social lounge. Also, in South Philadelphia is Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar, which was once voted Best Sports Bar in North American by ESPN. Closer to Center City, popular gameday destinations include McGillin’s Old Ale House, BRU Craft & Wurst, City Tap House, and Cavanaugh’s.
TIP: Arrive thirsty and bring an appetite, as each location offers their own unique menu of local cuisine and craft beer. For a true Philadelphia experience, seek out any cheesesteaks or roast pork sandwiches and chase them down with a pint of Yards Pale Ale.
Relive the iconic Super Bowl Parade
Following the 2018 Super Bowl victory, the Eagles paraded north along Broad Street as thousands upon thousands of fans filled the streets, cheering on the team and hoping for a view of the long-awaited Lombardi Trophy. The 5-mile route stretches from Lincoln Financial Field all the way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Pass popular Philadelphia sites such as the restaurant-lined thoroughfares of Passyunk Avenue and South Street as well as the many performing arts venues that occupy the Avenue of the Arts including the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music, and Miller Theater. The parade then looped around historic City Hall and passed by the iconic LOVE Park before making its final sprint up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, passing Swann Fountain, the Barnes Foundation, and The Franklin Institute, ultimately ending at the famous Rocky Steps.
Cover photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles.