Tailgate Town: Eagles fans have heart in Lot K

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A line of cars began to pile up outside the gates of Lot K on a Monday afternoon in South Philadelphia. As soon as they opened at 3:30pm, loyal fans rushed to their usual seats and set up their shops.

First up was Maria Silva and her family in a distinctive Eagles-themed RV called One Bad Bird.

“Tailgating started for me in 2008. My brother said it’s really fun, you have to do it and I loved it,” she said. “And before you know it, we were looking for a used RV at a car lot and bought it, and I bought it out.”

The Fan Cave on Wheels features a replica Super Bowl trophy, green-themed gnomes and bobbleheads, and various photos of families who have posed with Eagles players and staff over the years.

“I think the RV will probably come here on its own by now,” said Silva, who is from Medford, New Jersey. “We love coming here. It’s our team. And everyone kind of knows each other here and it’s a family.”

Another family who loves the Eagles is a Millville father and son, both named Nicholas Purificato.

“My son Nick is 11 years old. He was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma,” Purificato said. “Seeing how well they are doing out there makes him excited. He loves watching football. He loves DeVonta Smith and he loves the Eagles.”

11-year-old Nicholas had the opportunity to meet DeVonta Smith and share his story. Now the wide receiver shares a yellow Hope bracelet with the rest of the Purificato family.

Nicholas Purificato poses with Eagles wide receiver DaVonta Smith, who wears a matching yellow “Hope” bracelet. (Courtesy/Amanda Bordois)

At Monday’s game against the Washington Commanders, Nicholas got a chance to be on the field for a photo with Smith. The opportunity was arranged by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” his father said. “It’s an experience he will never forget.”

Purificato has about three treatments left and hopes to be ready in time for Christmas. His father said it would be the best gift ever.

Elsewhere in Lot K, there were newlyweds from San Diego, California, who had flown their wedding party to Lincoln Financial Field for their honeymoon.

“We thought this is almost better than the wedding itself,” said Claire Bowes, who is originally from Northeast Philadelphia.

Fans big and small appreciate Lot K for its proximity to the Linc and its covered parking, making it ideal for inclement weather.

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