Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get into the stadium as it has been known to take a while just to get through the gate and to your seat. There were really long lines at the gate when we were there and it took us a good 15 - 20 minutes just to get inside.
We found the stadium to be very fan friendly for Philly fans, however we don't advise wearing opposing team colors or jerseys unless you want to get heckled, harrassed, cajoled or all of the afore mentioned. These fans mean business, and you're either with them or...with them, if you know what we're saying. Then again, this is what the game is about, right? But be forewarned.
It seems like nearly all seats are pretty decent here and very little obstructed views in the stadium, so don't be worried about buying a "cheap seat" because you can still get a good view of the action. However, if it's later in the season - say November and beyond - bring your deep freeze outerwear especially if you're in the upper level. It is beyond cold, and can get pretty miserable even for the die-hard fan.
As for the facility, most areas and bathrooms are kept clean and the staff very friendly and helpful.
One major bummer is the upper level is not connected (becoming more of a common architectural occurrance these days) so make sure you ask before trying to find your seats or you could get very frustrated, and more importantly miss some of the action.
Food and Drink:
You'll find the usual Philly foods like cheese steaks, and the Penn Pizza is very popular and quite good. But for a real feel for what the locals eat check out Chickie & Pete's Crab Fries in several locations around the stadium - fries with a heaping pile of crab meat and a white creamy sauce on top. In a word - awesome.
Besides the usual Miller and Bud, you can find a pretty awesome and revolving selection of beers inside the stadium: Some noteables we found are Guinness, Sierra Nevada, Speedway Stout, Le Terroir, Phin & Matt’s Extraordinary Ale, 422 Pale Wheat Ale, Mystic Bridge IPA, Sam Adams, Good Juju. Unfortunately that's too many beers to try at one game, so if you're returning make sure you keep track and try a few different brands. And let us know what you think!
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The Stadium and Neighborhood:
Lincoln Financial Field is part of the massive sports complex that includes the Phillies' Citizens Bank Park as well as Wells Fargo Center, where several teams play including the Flyers and 76ers. The stadium is right off I-95, more than a few miles south of downtown Philadelphia. While the surrounding area may not be the most exciting, the fans here know how to have a good time and tailgating at this stadium is a lot of fun. (unless you're wearing an opposing team's jersey).
Parking is usually $25 for cars and there are ample spaces, but if you really want, you can find free street parking in the area, most likely on Lawrence Street, just a few blocks east of the stadium. Arrive early to grab a spot!
Another option is to catch a free bus at Chickie & Pete's - check it out on our exterior map. Public Transportation:
The AT&T Metro stop at Pattison & Broad at the end of the Broad Street line is very convenient. There aren't a ton of great bars and restaurants in the neighborhood so if you're from out of town, consider taking the Broad Street line into Center City where you will have plenty of post-game options for food and booze. Check out our exterior map for some suggestions - there are a few near Center City that we like - just 6 or so stops up on the subway.
Also take a look at our Fanzooloo Faves on the interior stadium map for our suggestions for food and drink inside the park.
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