Security success in Philly stadium puts an end to "Eagles Court"

Dec 9, 2003 12:00 PM

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The NFL's Philadelphia Eagles moved to Lincoln Financial Field this season, leaving Veterans Stadium for a new facility featuring an enhanced video security system, increased security guards and more bathrooms.

The result? A sharp drop in cases involving disorderly fans compared to the years at Veterans Stadium.

This had led the Eagles to close "Eagles Court," a courtroom built into the stadium where unruly fans were taken for quick judgment and sentencing after committing crimes at both Veterans and Lincoln Financial stadiums. The court forced offenders to give up season tickets, pay a $400 fine and sit in jail for the rest of the game.

Judge Seamus McCaffery, who has presided over Eagles Court since 1997, said crowds have become much more orderly in the new stadium.

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