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Lincoln Financial Field

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2001–2003, NBBJ Sport. Pattison Ave. between S. 11th and S. Darien sts.

Lincoln Financial Field replaces the much-maligned Veterans Stadium (1966–1971, Stonorov and Hawes, and George M. Ewing; 2004 demolished) with a football-only stadium for the Philadelphia Eagles. Just as the “Vet” was one of many multipurpose football and baseball stadiums that were built in the industrial heartland that supported professional sports—Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and St. Louis in the 1960s—the new stadium follows the new single-use fashion with as much of the seating as possible along the sidelines. Its giant wings provide some shelter and are intended to reflect sound back onto the field to increase the home field advantage while enhancing the game experience. The end zones are more open, creating views toward the city as well as tricky wind conditions that may well play to the home team as well. The architects are from Seattle, another demonstration of the globalization of sport.

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George E. Thomas
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George E. Thomas, "Lincoln Financial Field", [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-PH200.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 158-158.

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