I used to travel to different stadiums for sporting events all the time. The Kansas City Chiefs (Arrow Head) stadium was flat-out awesome. Minnesota Vikings (Metrodome) arena was overrated. As for the Washington Redskins (FedEx Field), I would like to say something about that stadium, but it was all a blur (bachelor party) . Of course, I have been to Fenway Park and the old Yankee stadium too, but let’s stick with NFL theme here.
On the first day of training camp week for the Philadelphia Eagles, I find myself reminiscing about when the Eagles use to have that home field advantage. The sad thing is that I am not sure if the Eagles will ever have that advantage at Lincoln Financial Field like the they did at Veterans Stadium. One of the problems about the Linc is the way it was built. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful stadium, but it just doesn’t hold sound and have that feel like the Vet did. Though, the Eagles are in the process of making $125 million dollar renovations (really for other reasons). Maybe the Eagles eventually could have a good home-field advantage again, but in my mind, never again like they did at the Vet.
The Vet was a place where opposing players, fans and even reporters feared. Just ask Skip Bayless of ESPN. He once said that he feared for his life at the Vet. Poor Skippy… Players knew that every time they got tackled they would be covered in the green turf from head to toe. But what opposing players feared the most was just getting tackled on the field. It was like playing tackle football in the middle of your street. The Vet just had that “Work-Men-like” feel to it.
I am not going to lie, though, the Vet was a dump, but it was our dump. As Philadelphians, we took ownership in that. The Vet became Philadelphia and took over that “blue-collar” mentality. I could be totally wrong about this, but when I watch the Seattle Seahawks (CenturyLink Stadium) play at home, that especially has me wishing for the Vet days again.