The bathrooms at the stadium were horrible. For one, there weren't enough of them, and for two, they were small. The sinks were commonly used as urinals so washing your hands would have been the opposite of sanitary.
I have a vivid recollection of seeing a drunk woman squatting on top of a sink in the men's room and doing her business. Not the kind of woman you take home to mom, that's for sure.
In another memory involving urination (good memories, huh?), I witnessed an Eagles fan urinate on a Redskin fan who was sitting in his seat.
It amazed me because it was right in the stands. The guy just whipped it out and starting peeing on the other guy's Redskins parka. Needless to say, a fight ensued.
While heading back to my car after a painful loss to the Cowboys, there was a Cowboy fan sitting in his car and waving a Dallas pennant out of the window. An Eagles fan walked by, snatched it out of his hand, and broke it across his knee.
The look on the Dallas fan's face was priceless.
Most of all, I remember how LOUD that place was. The acoustics in the stadium were far better than those at Lincoln Financial Field. When the crowd got into it, the roars were deafening.
Many teams commented on how difficult it was to hear in that stadium. I left there many times with my ears ringing and without a voice because I had to yell just to talk (not to mention cheering).
I enjoyed numerous games at Veterans Stadium as a teenager and young adult. Many of them were great wins, but there were many painful losses as well. Even during the losses, I felt okay because 60,000 other people felt the same way I did as we left.
There was much camaraderie among fans both while tail-gating prior to the game, and when cheering and booing during the game. For the most part, I sat in the 700 Level so there was always that certain pride one had for being part of the craziness up there.
The Vet was the epitome of home field advantage. Other teams hated playing there because of the playing surface and hostile fans. Some teams may have even been "psyched out" just by the thought of having to play there.
The Linc is a great stadium because it is modern, has good sight-lines, and much needed improvement to the bathrooms and concessions. Unfortunately, it does not have the same mystique or intimidation factor that the Vet had.
Above all else, that is what I miss most about that old concrete house of horrors.
*Watch the above video made for the Eagles' last Monday Night Football game at the Vet, good stuff!