The Philadelphia Eagles came into the NFL in 1933 under interesting circumstances. They were actually established as a replacement team for the Frankford Yellow Jackets who had gone bankrupt. Over the years, the team has experienced both stretches of success and down times too. Through it all, the fans of the Philadelphia Eagles have strongly supported the team by coming out for it’s games.
Let’s take a look at where the Eagles have played all those games.
Baker Bowl (1933-1935)
Built as a baseball stadium in 1887, Baker Bowl hosted sporting events in Philadelphia until it closed in 1938. The Philadelphia Eagles played their first three seasons in existence there from 1933 to 1935.
Philadelphia Municipal Stadium (1936-1939, 1941)
Built in 1926, Philadelphia Municipal Stadium would host a number of popular events during its life. It closed in 1989 and would be demolished in 1992, but was home to the Philadelphia Eagles from 1936 to 1939, and then again in 1941. Even after moving on to other fields, the Eagles would often use old Municipal Stadium as a practice facility.
Shibe Park / Connie Mack Stadium (1940, 1942-1957)
Shibe Park became Major League Baseball’s first steel and concrete stadium when it opened in 1909. The Eagles would move to the stadium in 1940, leave in 1941 to return to Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, and then come back to Shibe Park to stay in 1942. They would play their home games there through the 1957 NFL season. Shibe Park was the site of the Eagles win over the chicago Cardinals in the 1948 NFL Championship Game.
Franklin Field (1958-1970)
The University of Pennsylvania owns and operates Franklin Field on its campus in Philadelphia. In 1958, the Philadelphia Eagles football team became a tenant of the stadium. They would play there through the 1970 season. This field would also host the famous Army-Navy football games back in the early 1900’s.
Veterans Stadium (1971-2002)
Veterans Stadium opened in 1971 and was a state of the art facility that hosted both baseball and football games. The Eagles would begin to play games there during that first year of its existence and would stick with it as their home field through the 2002 season.
Lincoln Financial Field (2003-Current)
It took approximately 70 years, but in 2003 the Eagles would finall call a stadium built only for football and not also for baseball their home. Lincoln Financial Field opened just in time for the Eagles 2003 season. Opening the new stadium featured good timing for the Eagles as it also coincided with a nice run of successful seasons, including an appearance in the Super Bowl.