Eagles fans tailgate in the bitter cold at the Linc

- Even in the bitter cold, Eagles fans showed up on Sunday with chants and cheers. Parking lots near the Linc began filling up hours before the Birds took on their arch-rivals the Dallas Cowboys in an icy and contentious New Year’s Eve game.

“Tailgating in the cold is the best. Football is best in the cold. We got our heaters going. We got hot soup coming later and hot chocolate,” said Ryan Coe, tailgating in the frigid cold.

“I go to school at South Carolina, so I am very out of my element right now. The big key is layers,” said another tailgater, Andrew Schindler.

Mark Fillari, in from Cherry Hill, said, “I got the sweats. I got thermals and extra sweats. I got two pairs of socks. You have to have as many layers as possible and still maneuverability for the food and drinks.”

“Did you think twice about coming to today’s game? Not at all, not at all. It’s my kids first time at a game,” said fan Colleen Rodebaugh.

Near almost every tailgate tent, there was a heat source of some sort. 

And, there was an invitation to warm up in a luxury RV that happens to belong to FOX 29 friend and contributor Fred Tecce was too good to pass up.

“This is the way to tailgate. I know, can you beat it? Can’t beat it. I’m staying here where it’s warm,” Tecce said.

FOX 29 moved on to learn more about a makeshift warming station.

“What’s going on over here, what are you doing? We are wrapping our tent in cellophane to keep the tent warm because it’s a cold day in Philadelphia,” said Chance Carter, in Philadelphia tailgating from Lancaster.

Memories in the making for sure. That’s what lifelong Eagles fan Ryan Coe says it’s all about.

“Grew up coming to Eagles games with my dad at Vet Stadium. The coldest game was at the Vet against Dallas. 13-12 Chad Lewis touchdown. Memories all over again from being a kid,” said Coe.


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