Eagles fans tailgate ahead of 'Salute to Service' game

Thousands of tailgaters started flooding the stadium lots as early as seven hours before kickoff, excited for the day ahead.
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia Eagles fans hope to cheer the team on to its first home win of the season Sunday.

Thousands of tailgaters started flooding the stadium lots as early as seven hours before kickoff, excited for the day ahead.

"This is the fun part before the game. This is our Thanksgiving tailgate, so we're having turkey, fillings, potatoes, the whole works," said Rosemary Fliszar from Bethlehem.

She and her family and friends got the tailgate rolling at 9 a.m. Tailgaters said they had a plan to power through the long day of fun and football.

"Gotta have the Starbucks, gets you going, gets you rolling. Next is the liquid breakfast. We're going to have a spicy Bloody Mary. Follow that up with some breakfast sandwiches and then we'll see where the day takes us from there," said Dave Romanofski from South Philadelphia.

Fans say an extra hour of sleep today helped prepare them too.

"I looked at my phone, I said, 'Wow, that's more than I thought," said Bob Bryan from Upper Black Eddy, PA.

Now what a lot of fans would really like is an Eagles win. Tailgaters think they'll be able to make a difference.

"We have to win one. I'm sure we're gonna win one shortly. I think this is the day right here," said Butch Carn from North Philadelphia.

Another reason to cheer? This is the Eagles Salute to Service game where veterans like Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a Marine sniper and "Hiring Our Heroes" Toyota ambassador, will be honored before the game.

"These are men and women who continue to go over and who continue to go over to allow us to have these freedoms that my family, your family have. We wouldn't have football. There's nations across the world that don't do these things, and those men and women are what allow us to have the freedoms we have here," said Sgt. Meyer.
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