Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Transit notes on the Linc, Palestra and Franklin Field

Two items on getting to games, including tomorrow night's at the Linc and to the Penn complex during work on the South Street Bridge

Transit notes on the Linc, Palestra and Franklin Field

Here are two notes involving getting to and from games in Philly, one more immediate and the other with effects that will be more far-reaching.

First of all, you know that the Eagles will play their final Monday night game of the 2008 season tomorrow night, with the Browns providing the opposition.

That means that SEPTA will increase its service to and from the game, starting with implementing Broad Street Line “Sports Express” trains that will leave Fern Rock Transportation Center about every 10 minutes from 6:45 to 8:35 p.m.  Local Broad Street Line trains operating about every 10 to 12 minutes will also be in service for the game. 

Sports Express trains stop only at the Olney Transportation Center, Erie, Girard, Spring Garden, Race Vine, City Hall and Walnut Locust Stations en route to Pattison Station. The express trip from City Hall takes only about eight minutes. Local trains take only 11 minutes to travel to the Sports Complex from City Hall.
After the game, riders will find northbound trains standing by to provide express and local service back to Fern Rock. Especially for the Monday Night Game, SEPTA will also extend sales office hours at Fern Rock Transportation Center, C.B. Moore, Spring Garden, Race-Vine, City Hall, Walnut-Locust, and Pattison Stations through game time.

Fans driving into Center City also may park at any one of five city-operated parking lots for only $5.00 and also purchase SEPTA tokens there. It is only a short walk to the Broad Street Line City Hall Station from the parking lots.

The parking lots include:
• AutoPark - JFK Plaza Garage - 15th and Arch streets
• AutoPark - Center City Lot - 15th and Arch streets
• Gateway Garage - 15th and Vine streets
• AutoPark - Gallery Mall - 10th and Filberts streets
• AutoPark - Jefferson - 10th and Ludlow streets

Meanwhile, colleague Jonathan Tannenwald wrote recently about how the closing of the South Street Bridge for the next two years will affect fans going to the Palestra and Franklin Field for various events. To read what he had to say, open the following link.



Paul Vigna
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Paul Vigna still has the seat he wrestled out of the concrete at Connie Mack Stadium parked in the finished basement, a 1980 Phillies championship mirror hanging above it. Now, why he’s kept an autograph of former Flyer Bruce Gamble on a sheet of Hockey Hall of Fame paper is another story. A native of Philly who grew up in Lansdale, he’s an assistant sports editor at the Daily News in charge of special projects who has written two columns related to sports and consumers: View From the Seats and Savvy Consumer.

Athletic contests were, for a long time, simply fun and games. Nowadays they’re just a small part of a sports entertainment industry that puts billions of dollars into play and a number of issues into motion. Moneyball indeed. You might be closer to the action than ever before, but that privilege comes at a price - and often it’s beyond what you can afford.

With that as the backdrop we’ll use this blog to dig out stories and swap advice about how the fan experience is changing and what it’s costing you now and in the future. Some of it will educate, some will let you vent. And in a sports panel format, it should allow for a consensus of opinion that can carry some weight.

Reach Paul at vignap@phillynews.com.

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