This story originally appeared on 6abc.
The Eagles home opener meant the return of sold out NFL crowds and tailgating for the first time in nearly two years in South Philadelphia, and fans were loving every second of the experience.
“I missed this. Just being with everybody, the community atmosphere of the Eagles, like the whole town getting behind the team together and it’s just an awesome feeling,” said Craig Rubenstein, from Newtown, Pennsylvania. He took his 9 year old son Luke to his first packed Eagles game.
Fans throughout the lots have high hopes for the team this season after a dominant week one performance.
“This (49ers) team is a little more solid, quarterback isn’t the best but they’re trying to market him as one of the better quarterbacks out there but I think the front four is going to bust him up a little bit,” predicted Ken Knight, who lives in University City.
He was excited to watch his favorite team in person, and while masking was not requirement for the game itself, he’s still kept his handy.
“Just for precautionary reasons, I don’t know. If I hear someone with a dry cough, sound a little bit COVID-y, I don’t know,” he said.
There are some health and safety protocols still in place for Eagles games, like a mask requirement in indoor areas like bathrooms. The Wells Fargo lot is also not accepting cash, all ticketing for the game is mobile, and the Eagles are asking fans not to come if they’re feeling sick.
Still, fans traveled in from all over to cheer on the Eagles.
“I just miss the energy and just the overall aura of the crowd just being crazy because that’s why we love Philly right?” said Devon Mellul from Boca Raton, Florida.
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