The Road to Eagles Gameday By Jenn pirri

Seven Days Until Gameday

At the beginning of each week, the Eagles' equipment staff, led by director of equipment operations Greg Delimitros, is hard at work preparing for Sunday. The equipment staff is responsible for everything from cleats to field equipment, and they even take the time to help with drills at practice.

The equipment staff is constantly busy keeping track of what items they have in stock. For example, each player that has a contract gets 20 pairs of cleats for the season. Most of the time, a player uses one pair of cleats for practice and another for games. Talk about a lot of shoes.

Cleats, however, aren't the only thing keeping the equipment staff busy. In just one day, the equipment staff does 20 loads of laundry - 140 in a week.

One of the most important pieces of equipment, however, is the helmet. The Eagles' equipment staff carries 12 different styles of helmets approved by the NFL. Each day they examine the helmets for any issues. If a wing is torn, a facemask loosened, they make sure it's in tip-top shape before gameday.

Three Days Until Gameday

As gameday inches closer, director of grounds Tony Leonard has his team hard at work preparing the field to sustain 60 minutes of tough, hard-nosed football.

Painting the field requires several days of work. And 160 gallons of paint.

First, the grounds crew sets the outline of the end zones, yard lines and the midfield logo. As they begin laying down the paint, the field comes to life. The grounds crew has two main end zone designs that they use, sometimes throwing in a new design for special occasions.

Gameday

Fans young and old make their way to Lincoln Financial Field bright and early for Eagles gameday. While some watch warmups from their seats, others are lucky enough to be down on the field where they can get an up-close and personal view of the action.

As the Eagles take the field, the stadium roars in excitement - 69,596 fans strong.

There's nothing like gameday in the greatest football city in America.

Photography by: Jenn Pirri, Kiel Leggere, Drew Hallowell, Brian Garfinkel, John Geliebter, Hunter Martin

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