The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the oldest football teams out there. They were established in 1933 and have an amazing history. They also have a huge following of fans that span several generations.
Always a Sell Out
It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, there is always a sell out when the Philadelphia Eagles play at home. Every single one has sold out since the 1999 season. Controversies with some of their players over the years haven’t changed that. There have been times when this team has played in blizzard conditions and that still won’t keep their loyal fans from showing up to the game.
The stadium holds approximately 70,000 people. There are currently 40,000 people on the waiting list to purchase season tickets. These loyal fans are still waiting for their team to win the Super Bowl. While the Eagles have played in the big game twice, they haven’t won it yet.
Eagles fans often get a terrible reputation within the NFL by other fans. It is believed that they are among the rowdiest and the most out of control. Some say they are very rude to fans of other teams visiting their stadium. Due to the volume of Eagles fans that drink during the games, it has been said that they are a drinking town with a football problem.
There are often plenty of fights and scuffles that occur during the home games. Once, when they played their rivals the Cowboys, 15 fans were arrested. In January of 2014, an Eagles fan was caught on camera spitting on a New Orleans Saints fan at a home game.
Several polls by the NFL and Sports Illustrated show the Eagles fans to be the most intimidating. Still, most fans will tell you that while they defend their team, they aren’t going to harm anyone that shows up wearing a jersey for the opposing team.
Fan Controversy Regarding Michael Vick
There were plenty of fans that were upset when Michael Vick was allowed to return to the team. He was given a prison sentence for his role in a dog fighting ring. However, the NFL decided that Vick had completed his time and served his sentence. There were fans that welcomed him back, stating he made a mistake. Yet there were others that said they wouldn’t support a team that allowed him to come back.
Statement with Jerseys
Not only are Philadelphia Eagles fans loyal to their team, but they expect the players to be as well. There was plenty of controversy when DeSean Jackson left Philly. There was speculation that it was due to his own choice and behaviors. When fans found out he would be joining the Washington Redskins, they weren’t happy.
Many of the fans used the Eagles parking lot as a place to voice their opinions. They were cutting up his jerseys and some were burning them until security made them put out the fires. Others covered up the end of the name on the back of the jersey so that it read Jackass instead of Jackson.
One of the longest and the strongest rivals in the NFL is between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. Both ESPN and Sports Illustrated have done stories on this long lasting rival. Other rivalries include the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fans love the fact that their Eagles team gives back to so many wonderful charities around the area. They are huge supports in the fight against Leukemia. That began in 1971 when a player, Fred Hill, had a daughter affected by it. The team is also a huge supporter of Ronald McDonald House.
The Eagles Youth Partnership is also a big way that they give back to families and to fans. They offer more than 50,000 eye exams annually through mobile units for low income children. They also donate their time and money to help reduce the risks for at risk children in the Philadelphia area. The team was recognized at the end of 2011 as the best professional sports team for giving back to their community.