Travel tips for Vikings fans heading to Philly for the championship game
Want to watch the Vikes play the Eagles for the NFC Championship Jan. 21? If Stefon Diggs can change the fate of the Vikings in a few last-minute seconds thanks to his amazing end-of-game touchdown against the Saints you, with the luxury of several days, can certainly arrange to be at their next matchup, right?
Heres what you need to know to plan a winning trip to the City of Brotherly Love.
American and Delta both fly direct from MSP to Philadelphia, but prices arent looking good. Flights with a Saturday arrival and Monday return were in the $800 range during a Monday morning search. Those willing to go the extra mile for their team, literally, could potentially save by flying to Newark International or Baltimore-Washington International, 90 and 100 miles away from the stadium, respectively.
A limited number of tickets for the game scheduled to start at 6:40 p.m. on Sunday will go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Tickets will be sold online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. There will be a four-ticket limit per household. The newly released tickets will range in price from $170 to $255, with standing room only tickets listed for $135. Resale tickets are already available at Ticketmaster, ranging in price from $378 to more than $4,000.
Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles home stadium, is in the South Philly neighborhood and part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex (think the 76ers and Phillies). The complex has 22,000 parking spaces and is on the Broad Street Line of the subway, making it easily accessible from Philadelphias Center City. It also includes XFINITY Live, a giant dining and entertainment venue filled with bars, restaurants and both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Fans could be warmer watching a game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Lincoln Financial Field, with room for 69,176 fans, is open to the elements (remember in 2010, when a Vikes vs. Eagles game there was postponed from Sunday to Tuesday due to a blizzard?).
Be a tourist (and a fan)
South Philly is known for its cultural diversity. While its Irish and Italian roots remain evident, you can also pick up a great bowl of Vietnamese pho and Mexican tacos. Chickies and Petes which offers the Ultimate Tailgate, a jumbo lump crabcake on a cheeseburger drizzled with aioli sauce is a neighborhood classic. Grab a cheesesteak from Tony Luke, a Philadelphia institution, or Oregon Steaks, open near the stadium 24/7.
Kerri Westenberg 612-673-4282