This week, the Eagles opened their new beer garden in Raleigh, N.C., on the same property that hosts the Carolina Panthers’ practice facility.
And now, the facility has become a hub for the fans who are the city’s best.
The facility hosts the Eagles, who have not played there since October 2012, and also hosts several other teams.
For the first few weeks, the team’s players and coaches came to the stadium for autographs and socializing.
But it was the team players and fans who were the real draw, said Ryan O’Malley, the group’s general manager.
The fans came to get autographs, to get a beer and get their picture taken with the team, and to watch the Eagles play, he said.
“It’s really exciting, and it’s been really exciting for them,” O’Almes said.
The team, which has a new stadium planned, has already hosted many fans during the season, including fans of the Cleveland Browns and the New England Patriots.
But for the Eagles to really make a splash in Raleigh is because of the fans, said Brian McNeil, the co-owner of the Raleigh-based O’Brien’s Beer Garden.
He and his wife, Erin, bought the building and renovated it.
He said the new facility opened in November.
“I was really excited for it,” McNeil said.
And the fans have been great, McNeil added.
“They are very, very loyal to their team.”
This article first appeared in the Sept. 30 issue of The Philadelphia Inquirer.