Eagles return to Franklin Field for open practice

The Philadelphia Eagles called Penn’s Franklin Field home for 13 seasons from 1958-70, after moving from the former Connie Mack Stadium at 24th and Lehigh. Their first win at Franklin Field was a 27-24 defeat of the New York Giants on Oct. 5, 1958. In the second quarter, Hall of Fame quarterback Norm Van Brocklin connected with Hall of Fame wide receiver Tommy McDonald for a 91-yard score.

In 1960, the Eagles battled the Vince Lombari-led Green Bay Packers in the NFL Championship Game at Franklin Field (in the pre-Super Bowl era) and emerged victorious, 17-13, marking the only NFL playoff loss for Lombardi and the last time the Eagles won a professional football title.

On Dec. 20, 1970, the Eagles played their last game at Franklin Field—a 30-20 win over cross-state rival Pittsburgh Steelers—before moving to Veterans Stadium for the 1971 season.

This August, the Eagles are returning to Penn as part of their 2014 training camp. On Sunday, Aug. 10, they will hold an open practice at Franklin Field beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Mike Mahoney, director of communications at Penn Athletics, says the department has been trying to team up with the Eagles for the past few years, including a special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1960 championship team, but stars did not align until this year. The Eagles previously held their training camp at Lehigh University, but under Head Coach Chip Kelly, they no longer do so. 

“The opportunity to do something here at Franklin Field presented itself and the Eagles were excited to do it, and we were excited to host them,” says Mahoney.

E-A-G-L-E-S fans will be able to see their favorite players in person, including quarterback Nick Foles, tackle Jason Peters, and running back LeSean McCoy, who was recently ranked No. 5 on the NFL’s list of the Top 100 Players of 2014 (Peters was No. 67 and Foles was No. 70).

Tickets for the practice are free and can be obtained by visiting www.pennathletics.com/Eagles. There is a limit of six tickets per order.

For more information about obtaining tickets, call the Penn Box Office at 215-898-6151 or email tickets@pobox.upenn.edu.

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