Philadelphia Eagles: Memories of Veterans Stadium

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Philadelphia Eagles: Memories of Veterans Stadium
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Memories of Veterans Stadium invoke nostalgia amongst Philadelphia Eagles fans who grew up during its heyday.

"The Vet", as it was referred to, was a monstrous concrete bowl-like stadium that had seating capacity for 66,000 people and was the home of both the Eagles and Phillies.  After four years of construction, the stadium was ready for action in 1971. 

The Eagles' first-ever regular season game at the Vet was on September 26th, 1971 against our most hated rival, the Dallas Cowboys.  The Eagles lost that game by a score of 42-7 and lost their first three games at their new stadium by a combined score of 86-10. 

It was a rather inauspicious start to a new era of Eagles football to say the least.

Things ended just as bad as they started when the Eagles lost the last game they ever played there on January 19, 2003 against Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship game.  I'm still haunted by visions of Joe Jurevicius breaking free with 800-pound LB Levon Kirkland in slow-motion pursuit.

However, there were many things in between those ugly losses that will live on in the hearts and minds of Eagles fans forever...

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