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NFL ROAD MAP: Philadelphia

Yum: cheese on steak, mustard on pretzels, Eagles on the field in January

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By Adam Duerson

1. PAT'S AND GENO'S STEAKS Across Ninth Street from each other; a debate rages about whose cheesesteak is best. Pat's customers include QB Donovan McNabb (pictured with cheesesteak) and coach Andy Reid; DE Jevon Kearse and RB Brian Westbrook go to Geno's.

2. PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART Where Sylvester Stallone scaled the steps in Rocky. Eagles safety Clinton Hart keeps a Rocky statuette in his locker.

3. MITCHELL & NESS NOSTALGIA CO. Flagship vintage jersey store where Eagles DE Derrick Burgess indulges his collector's habit.

4. THE PALM McNabb goes here for his upscale steak dinners, and receiver Freddie Mitchell has his own table.

5. NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER Doesn't house the original Constitution (that's in D.C.'s National Archives), but the $185 million museum -- one block from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell -- dedicates 160,000 square feet of exhibits to democracy's origins and displays historical items like the black tool bag from the 1972 Watergate break-in. From now until the Super Bowl visitors in Eagles apparel get $1 off admission.

6. FRANKLIN FIELD University of Pennsylvania field was Eagles' home turf from '58 to '71; Philly fans infamously assaulted Santa Claus with snowballs there in '68.

7. TARGET At the start of each season Eagles QB Koy Detmer visits the superstore, buys an outfit "for under 100 bucks" and then travels to away games with just those clothes, a toothbrush and a playbook.

8. WACHOVIA CENTER Flyers' and 76ers' home includes U.S.'s only in-arena brewery, Red Bell, and is site of annual Wing Bowl (Feb. 4) -- a chicken-wing-eating contest. Built on site of JFK Stadium, where Mick Jagger deskirted Tina Turner during a (televised) 1985 Live Aid performance.

9. LOEWS HOTEL Fullback-guitarist-lead singer Jon Ritchie and his band, Jon Ritchie's Fault, played songs from their album Ten on the Richter Scale at hotel's Sole Food restaurant on Jan. 14.

10. YELLOW JACKETS FIELD Home of the 1926 NFL champion Frankford Yellow Jackets, who disbanded in '31 after their stadium was damaged by two separate fires. Two years later the team reformed as the Philadelphia Eagles.

11. VETERANS STADIUM Among the many victims of the Vet's terrible turf was Bears WR Wendell Davis, who in 1993 blew out both knees on one play. The stadium, which also had a slight rat problem, was demolished last year.

12. LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD
• COST TO BUILD: $512 million
• FOOTBALL SEATING CAPACITY: 68,532 (19th in NFL)
• FIRST SPORTING EVENT: Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona, Aug. 3, 2003. Attendance: 68,396
• EAGLES' RECORD HERE: 14-5
• TEMPLE OWLS' FOOTBALL RECORD HERE: 2-9
• KOSHER CONCESSION STANDS: 1 (one of six stadiums with kosher stand)
• COST OF PERSONALIZED MESSAGE ON SCREEN: Free
• MOST ON-SCREEN WEDDING PROPOSALS IN A GAME: 4

Issue date: January 24, 2005

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