Lincoln Financial Field, much like the bullshit idea behind Superman’s ability to fly, will soon be powered by the sun. As part of a green partnership with NRG, wind turbines will soon line the stadium’s roof, solar panels will cover the facade, and (in what seems to be step one of the process) solar panels are being installed in the parking lot. Something occurred to us as we saw workers assembling the panels over the past few days: On top of helping the Linc generate 100% of its own power and making the parking lot look like America’s Drive-In, those panels will provide another great service.
On those Sundays (or Mondays, or Thursdays) when the Eagles are playing at home, that lot will be full of tailgate-bros taking in their body-weight of Bud Light Platinum before kickoff. Not only will the panels help keep said bros in the shade and thus preventing the overheated-drunk-bro-likely-to-vomit problem, the panels will also shade them from the rain (at least a little bit) allowing tailgates to continue rain or snow or shine. And then, there’s the issues. Like, what happens when buzzed drivers (who, let’s admit it, often exist after sporting events/concerts of any size) not only have cars and pedestrians to watch out for, but also a jungle-gym of posts and panels? And what’s the over/under on how often those panels are going to have to be cleaned off, since they look like as good a place to toss an empty can of Keystone as any? There is something to be said about putting such advanced and expensive technology in direct contact with the people we would trust the least with it, we just don’t know what that something is.