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Eagles Vow to Add Stadium Water Fountains

July 31, 2003

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Philadelphia Eagles’ new stadium lacks drinking fountains in all the places where ordinary fans are allowed to go.

The team said the lack of drinking fountains was an oversight and vowed to fix the problem. The city plumbing code requires drinking fountains in any place of public assembly.

``It’s one of those things that you say, `It’s obvious; how could they miss that?‴ said Scott Jenkins, the team’s vice president for stadium operations and facilities. ``But in a building this size, as you go along, you’re going to find things that you can make better.″

The problem was noticed last week when the team invited the public to tour the stadium. Some of the 96,000 visitors asked where the drinking fountains were, and it turned out that they were only in the club lounges. Only buyers of premium tickets may go to those lounges.

The first event at Lincoln Financial Field is a soccer game Sunday night; city officials said Wednesday that it would be allowed to proceed under a temporary certificate of occupancy. As a stopgap measure, the team planned to have free water available at first aid stations. Anyone would be allowed to get water there, whether in need of first aid or not.

This is not the first time a major stadium had this type of oversight. In 1962, Dodger Stadium opened in Los Angeles without any drinking fountains.

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