“I've been to other stadiums where in the top level you feel like you are so far away from the field, but with how the Linc was designed, when you sit in the second level you feel more like you're "on top" of the action, as opposed to being so far away. And from there, to be able to see the fans erupt in excitement when the Eagles score, it's just awesome to watch a gigantic sea of green go crazy.”
– Larry Mitros, Civil Engineer and Eagles fan.
The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), wanted to remain competitive in the world of sports by replacing one outdated stadium with two modern stadiums for their baseball and football teams - two squads that have a stranglehold on the heart of Philadelphia.
Citizens Bank Park, home to the Philadelphia Phillies, covers 21 acres, has 43,000 seats, a natural grass and dirt field, an outfield food and entertainment area, and a state-of-the-art scoreboard and video board.
Lincoln Financial Field, home to the Philadelphia Eagles, seats 67,000 and features a natural grass field, seating close to the field, two massive liquid crystal display video boards, a distributed sound system, and multiple stage areas.
Philadelphia, the teams, financial backers, contractors, designers, and neighborhood groups were all players in the game. With so many groups involved and so much riding on the success of the new stadiums, communication and transparency were crucial.
Urban represented PIDC at coordination meetings between contractors and designers, team representatives, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and financial lending institutions. We also reviewed the designs of both facilities, monitored construction schedules, and audited costs.
Lincoln Financial Field held its first event in August 2003 and it wasn’t football it was a soccer match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona. Citizens Bank Park was ready for the opening of the 2004 season. In 2008, Citizens Bank Park was the site the Phillies’ second World Series championship. The total cost of the new stadium and ballpark, including construction, design, and administration was approximately $1 billion.