It’s a pep rally, and you’ve got to be part of it. The Philadelphia Eagles Tailgating experience is one of the best in the NFL, so set your sights on Lincoln Financial Field and get in on the pregame fun.
Adventures await RVers keen on being in the heart of the action before the game, as well as in the bustling city surrounding the stadium. This trip is bound to be unforgettable. Pack your favorite jersey and get ready to cheer the Eagles alongside Swoop, one of the best-loved mascots found on a football field.
The lots open for tailgating four hours before the game, giving you plenty of opportunities to practice your chants and cheers. Meet fellow fans and learn the team song, “Fly, Eagles, Fly.” Share food, stories of your favorite quarterback, and play a game or two before heading into Lincoln Field for kickoff.
While in the city, dig into the history of the region by visiting the Liberty Bell, or run up the steps as Rocky did at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Step back in time and feel the solemnity of the Founding Fathers Declaration of Independence signing at Independence Hall. Don’t miss Reading Terminal Market to stock up on healthy foods to fill the RV fridge. If you feel like getting out of the city for a taste of nature, visit Benjamin Rush State Park or take a day trip to Fort Washington State Park.
Tickets to the game will fluctuate in price. Whether the Eagles are facing the Giants, the Seahawks, or any of the other NFL teams, you will pay somewhere between $50 and $350 or more for a single game ticket. Season passes for the Philadelphia Eagles will give you entry to all of the games, and premium seating adds another level to the fun.
Set your GPS coordinates for Lincoln Financial Field, located in the Philadelphia Sports Complex. South of Philadelphia, the stadium can be reached via I-95. You will pass through the city center, so have a reliable navigator on board to assist as you make your way. 511PA will keep you abreast of delays like active roadwork, incidents, and weather-related closures.
An RV is considered an oversized vehicle and, therefore, costs more to park than a car. Various lots associated with the Sports Complex are usually designated for tailgating. Check the Eagles Stadium parking section to choose where to park and tailgate with your RV based on your route and place of departure. Parking attendants are on hand as well to assist in the process, making it easier amidst the crowds. Note that it can take up to an hour to exit the game afterward, so be sure to have patience as you drive.
SEPTA's Broad Street Subway Line is a close and convenient mode of transport for getting to the tailgating and game, with the NRG stop often being the closest one. The train, bus, or trolley are options that will work as stress-free options. Directions from several points around the city can be found on the Philadelphia Eagles website.
Check out French Creek State Park in Elverson, Pennsylvania, for some of the best hiking and wildlife watching in the area. Look to a local privately owned campground if your family likes to camp where there are amenities like swimming pools, playgrounds, and pool tables. Venture to nearby New Jersey to experience Wharton State Forest if you are planning a fall vacation. Take a mini-adventure to Bald Eagle State Park in the northcentral region of the state if you are looking for a campground that is open all year round.
Plan to be on your feet practicing the home field chant of “E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles!” and wear your comfiest shoes to do so. Make sure they are warm, too, if the tailgating event is a cold one. Sometimes a pair of boots does the trick to keep the feet cozy and ready to walk around prior to the game. Be prepared to walk from the tailgate party to the stadium at a speed determined by the crowd. ADA patrons have easier access to certain entrances, so be sure to note which one will be closest for you.
Gameday clothing can include your favorite style of team jersey layered over a shirt. Put your best look forward and be ready to represent the winning team with head gear like a knit cap in team colors, and mittens for keeping the hands warm. Of course, an August game will not require cold-weather gear, but a rain poncho is recommended in the event wet weather rolls into Eagles Stadium.
Separate your must-have gear list into categories. Kitchen essentials include pots, dishes, glasses, a cutting board, and utensils like a can opener and measuring cup set. For smooth hookups, remember clamps, hoses, and screws. Extra batteries and cell phone chargers are necessities you don’t want to leave on the counter at home. Gear for around the campfire should be all in fun; games, flashlights, and marshmallow holders can top the list.
Of late, the Spotted Lanternfly is becoming an invasive species in Pennsylvania. A threat to trees and agriculture, the bug coats the leaves and stems and promotes the growth of mold. Do not move firewood from one campground to another for fear of spreading this destructive insect over the state. As well, be aware of campground rules when it comes to fire safety. Consult the camping resort manager or park ranger for clarification on bans as you approach your departure time.
The cool, clean air of an open campsite encourages a healthy appetite. Fill up on pancakes before heading to the tailgating event. Bring your own food to Lincoln Financial Field, or join in the fun at an organized tailgate venue like Xfinity Live!, where you can buy your favorite pregame snacks. Either way, remember to keep your tailgate spot cleared of garbage and not to block access to laneways with your cooking equipment or chairs.
You can hardly visit the city of brotherly love without sampling a Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Choose a restaurant either at the stadium or in the surrounding neighborhood to taste a version of this classic Philadelphia food. Seasoned fries, hoagies, and soft pretzels are treats you have to try. Sit-down meals are within your reach of Lincoln Field, too.
Visit the Philadelphia Eagles pro shop for jazzy tailgating merchandise like cups, hats, and apparel. You may be lucky enough to see the super-mascot Swoop or a green and silver-clad cheerleader pass by on their way to meet fans or perform on the field as part of the pregame entertainment.
Check the list of prohibited items before heading to the stadium so that security does not have to confiscate belongings at the pre-entrance screening. Umbrellas, laptops, video cameras, and strollers are just a few of the items not allowed. Items brought in must be in an NFL-approved clear bag. The clear bag policy does not carry over to the tailgating field. Still, it’s recommended that fans view the Eagles website before attending the game.
Prepare for any weather event on gameday by bringing a jacket if it is cold, or layering your clothes with a t-shirt underneath if the sun’s rays are hot. A rain poncho is always a good bet, as it can also protect you from the sun, no matter the temperature. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated rain or shine.
Familiarize yourself with the location of the first-aid stations located on levels 100 and 200. Security staff and members of the police force can direct you and assist in the event of an emergency. Before leaving home, check the Airstream first-aid kit and top up the gauze pads, tape, band-aids, and antiseptic wipes. Buy fresh saline solution, antibiotic cream, and sunscreen if needed less than a mile from the stadium at a local pharmacy.