The Philadelphia Eagles are going to add 1,600 seats to Lincoln Financial Field in a $125 million renovation project that will be completed before the start of the 2014 season.
The privately funded project will modernize some aspects of the 10-year-old stadium. Two large high-definition video boards will be installed and WiFi for users throughout the stadium will be added. The Eagles will also work to alleviate crowding issues at the main gates and add artwork of great players and moments in franchise history throughout the building, according to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“It's kind of on a dual road there having architectural input on what can be done globally, and with the fans, what are they really hoping for from this fairly brand-new stadium that they haven't quite got yet or that could be better,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “It was a listening process. The result became an investment – based on, really, the fan response.”
Of course, the Eagles will no doubt be hoping for a nice mild day in February when Super Bowl XLVIII is played in East Rutherford, N.J. A nice day will give more cities like Philadelphia hope at one day landing a Super Bowl.
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