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SBD/June 10, 2013/Facilities
Eagles' $125M Privately Funded Stadium Upgrades Include HD Videoboards, Wi-Fi
Published June 10, 2013
THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT: Lurie said that the upgrades are "essential to prevent the dwindling attendance some NFL teams are experiencing as fans seek the comfort of home with high-definition TVs and in-game graphics they can’t get at games." Lurie: "We really want to maximize the in-stadium experience. For all of us, we grew up loving football from going to games. We recognize that it’s wonderful to watch both in the stadium and at home, and we need to maximize both. It requires the teams to be very vigilant about investing in their relatively new stadiums" (Delaware NEWS JOURNAL, 6/9). Lurie and Smolenski said that the revitalization is a "product of 'fan response' the organization began compiling in 2010." In Delaware, Bob Grotz noted the escalator system for the upper concourse is an "obvious asset." Grotz: "Ditto the bridges that will connect the upper levels. Previously fans had to descend to get to the other side of the stadium" (DELAWARE COUNTY DAILY TIMES, 6/9). Lurie said, "I really appreciate all the work that was done with the fans because they know best. They're the ones sitting there. They've invested a lot of money in season tickets, sponsorships. Over time, that adds up to a lot of investment in a franchise. ... This is a way to really return that investment, make that investment more valuable" (Allentown MORNING CALL, 6/9).
BIG GAME HUNTING? Lurie said that the renovations "were not planned to enhance a Super Bowl bid, but he did acknowledge that they could help his efforts" to bring a Super Bowl to Lincoln Financial Field. CSNPHILLY.com's Reuben Frank noted because of the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four and other events during the offseason, there "wasn’t time for all the improvements to be made in time for this year’s opener" on Sept. 15. Frank noted bridges will be "built connecting the two sides of the stadium, so fans moving from one side to the other will no longer have to take escalators down and back up" (CSNPHILLY.com, 6/9).