By Alicia Roberts

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Spikes in COVID-19 infections had the Eagles taking extra safety measures as they welcomed back fans to Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday night. There were plenty of masks and sanitizer at the teams first of two public practices.

This is the first open practice since 2019 and the fans Eyewitness News talked to were eager to put on their Eagles green and get back to watch the Birds live.

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Before the gates even opened, fans lined up outside the Linc patiently waiting to see their team in action and some traveled pretty far.

“All his buddies in England love the Eagles and we all get together and watch the games, unless it’s 4 in the morning and it’s awesome, glad to be back,” Melanie Bronson said.

With COVID-19 cases trending up, many opted to mask up.

“Even though I am fully vaccinated, I still wanted to make sure I’m being cautious, have fun and be safe,” Jonathan Mack said.

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Fans were treated to all the sights and sounds of game day while inside the Linc.

“It feels phenomenal, the energy here is just awesome,” Alec Mulberry said.

Some safety precautions included cashless payments and sanitizing stations.

“Anything I can do to see my Eagles,” James O’Donell said.

And while it may be early, these fans are optimistic, both about a return to full capacity and the Eagles chances this season.

“We’re going to win the NFC East, we’ll see how the playoffs go, it’s going to be a good season,” another fan added.

Tickets to practice were just $10 and all proceeds benefit the Eagles Autism Foundation.

The next open practice is on Aug. 20.

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Alicia Roberts