Eagles Fans Honor Victims of Paris Terror Attacks

Philadelphia Paris Solidarity
Photo | Jeff Fusco

Even though the Birds didn’t come out on top, there was a strong sense of unity among fans at the Linc yesterday.

Some paid their respects by flying French flags. Others made signs, including this one which reads “We are all French:”

Photo | Jeff Fusco
Photo | Jeff Fusco

There was a moment of silence before the kickoff of every game in the NFL yesterday. If you listen closely, the one at the Linc punctuated that trademark Philly attitude (warning, NSFW):

Tailgaters flew flags of their own too.

Security was heightened in and around Lincoln Financial in light of the attacks. Although the NFL said there were “no known threats” against any stadium, the fact that a soccer stadium was targeted on Friday made officials wary of taking any chances. The use of metal detectors and bag checks were part of the security procedures in place. According to 6 ABC, there were 15 mounted patrol officers on patrol. There are usually just five.

The full statement from the NFL regarding safety reads:

The safety of our fans, stadium personnel, and teams at all NFL games is our priority, and security at our games is robust. Our procedures have been certified and designated by the Department of Homeland Security since 2008 as effective anti-terrorism technology. All NFL clubs use mandatory metal detector screening and multiple layers of perimeter security external to the stadium to safeguard fans and the stadium from explosive threats. Following the events in Paris on Friday, we are closely monitoring events and have been in communication with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, which have informed us that there are no known threats against NFL stadiums. In addition to our standard procedures described above, there will be an increased security and law enforcement presence both inside and outside stadiums in the parking lots of our stadiums this weekend. We have been in contact with clubs hosting games to reinforce our standard procedures and the league’s best practices. We strongly recommend that fans do not bring bags with them to the stadium. If it is essential to bring a bag, it must be in compliance with the clear bag policy which requires that it be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.” It is important that all fans comply with these requirements, and we appreciate their efforts to cooperate with these security measures. The NFL and team security departments work closely with stadium operation personnel and federal, state, and local law enforcement to provide a safe experience for the more than 17 million fans who annually attend NFL games. The NFL and its teams continually evaluate and improve our comprehensive security plan.

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