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The professional American football team – Philadelphia Eagles – are offering their home arena – Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, US – as a wedding venue for frontline workers who had to cancel their wedding due to coronavirus which has caught the world in its swirling vortex. The stadium would normally cost $30,000.

The Philadelphia Eagles special wedding announcement is for two groups of people who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic: Frontline workers and couples whose weddings had to be canceled or postponed due to the fatal virus.

The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football team based in Philadelphia. The Eagles compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference East division.

Lincoln Financial Field is an American football stadium located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It serves as the home stadium of the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL and the Temple Owls football team of Temple University.

The field would be free for couples to take the vows but they will have to sign up for the reception package, starting at $50 per head exclusive of catering. The team is waiving the $30,000 ceremony fee for these specific groups.

The Eagles have informed that the offer is available to those couples who are going to tie the knot before March 31, 2021, and it comes with the rider that it already had to be canceled by their original venue due to the COVID-19 situation. Availability is limited and it all depends on when the City says there can be large gatherings again.

According to the organization, the on-field ceremony is free, and the wedding package is also being charged at a reduced rate.

The complimentary on-field ceremony includes the wedding guests sitting in stadium seating and a custom image being shown on the video board.

The Eagles also informed that the reception packages are being charged at a less rate – $50 a person to $70 a person depending on the number of guests.

The packages include tables, banquet chairs, linens, a custom wedding welcome sign, all taxes and service charges. Catering is extra.

However, the Eagles made it clear that the weddings can be held provided the Mayor lifts the present restrictions in the City and large gatherings are allowed once again. If the restrictions are eased, the wedding ceremonies can go ahead.

Due to future Eagles and Temple games, as well as other events at the facility, dates are limited.

The above move comes as couples throughout the Philly region have had to reschedule and postpone their nuptials.

Said Lynnette Camacho, Special Events Sales Director for the Eagles, “We thought: ‘How sad it was that one of the most important days of their lives were impacted, and how can we help?’”

Traditionally, the stadium doesn’t play host to many weddings because they are typically scheduled far in advance, and the venue can’t guarantee availability due to competing events such as Eagles games, concerts, soccer and Temple football. “Since we can book in the short term, then we could help them out this year,” she further said.

Presently, two couples are considering the package. The offering covers all costs of the ceremony (rentals, A/V setup and cleaning), and the bowl holds up to 700 for seating. A reception component is required, however, for this to apply.

Celebrations can take place in the Touchdown Club (up to 125 guests for $65 per person), Hyundai Club (125 to 150 guests for $70 per person; 151 to 300 guests for $50 per person) and Tork Club (200 to 299 guests for $70 per person; 300-plus for $50 per person). The Hyundai and Tork venues also feature a dance floor rental. In normal circumstances, those fees for the three venues would be roughly $20 to $35 more per person. Catering is an additional cost from $6,500 to $17,000 minimum depending on the space.

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