Philly knows how to tailgate. It is part of the enjoyment at an Eagles Game (or really any sporting event or concert). Philadelphians take tailgating to the next level with portable grills, inflatable furniture, musicians, tents, RV’s and of course plenty of brews. There are tailgate friendly areas throughout most of Lincoln Financial and the adjacent parking lots. Be sure to read the signs wherever you choose as the situation can possible change for the day or event. Here are the top 5 spots to tailgate before an Eagles game.
Lincoln Financial Field
1020 Pattison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Tailgating at home base is often described simply as “the best”. People refer to the lot as being full of warm and fun people, plenty of tailgating and plenty of spaces. Generally the price to tailgate/park is $40. There are multiple lots, not every lot is ok to tailgate in. (Q-X is not ok for tailgating). All lots that have porta johns are the lots that are ok, and there are signs. Sponsored tents can usually be seen also in the lot with giveaways for fans. The parking lot opens up 5 hours before the game, though some people have said they were able to arrive as early as 7 a.m.
The Wells Fargo Lot
3601 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Wells Fargo Lot is a popular lot to tailgate in because of the coverage from the elements.In the back near 95 there are spots that are under the off ramp, so if it rains you and your food and drinks can stay dry. It can get pretty packed in here and if you want the best spots you need to arrive early. For 1 p.m. games by 9 a.m., the lot is open by 8 a.m. The Wells Fargo lot allows grilling, not every lot does. You bring it with you, you clean it up. The cost to park here is typically $35.
1500 Pattison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
FDR Park is located right near all the stadiums so its an easy walk to Lincoln Financial Field. FDR park is a 330+ acre park full of fun, frolic and family friendly activities. There is free parking here and it is a popular place for tailgating. Here you also get to enjoy the greenery of the park and its lake. Lincoln Financial Field is just down the street about half a mile.
1 Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia PA 19148
There was a time you could only tailgate here if you were a VIP and attending the Eagle Fan Zone party, this is no longer the case. Tailgating is permitted in lots A-H and J-N. This is considered a family friendly environment so maybe a good pick if bringing the kids for a PG tailgate. Parking is generally $16 on game day and is one of the lower priced options. Tailgating is not permitted in lots West of Darien Street so be sure to read all the signs so you don’t ruin your fun.
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If you want to be a little fancy, or just want the ease of having a package. You can purchase premium packages which include parking pass at Lincoln Financial, an all-inclusive Tailgate party with food and drinks, and your game tickets of course. There are also packages which include hotel for visiting guests or for extending your party, late into the evening. This may be a good option for anyone without the resources or wants to deal with all the fuss.
Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.