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Eagles fans pumped for home opener vs. Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field

Eagles fans pumped for home opener at Lincoln Financial Field
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Many Eagles fans started tailgating early Thursday morning for their home opener at Lincoln Financial Field vs. the Minnesota Vikings. 

It's a tradition for so many Eagles fans.

One family has been coming to the home opener for nearly two decades, and they're ready to join the party in South Philly.  

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"Opening day to me is like Christmas morning," Gregg Matza said. "It's like when you walk down the steps and you see your gifts – this is my gift."

Matza says he woke up at 3 a.m. and packed the car. 

"Here's all the shrimp I got four pounds of this," Matza said. 

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Matza was the first one parked outside the Linc around 4:30 a.m. to get a good spot for tailgating.

"I've been doing this for six years now so I'll do this until I can't do it no more," Matza said. 

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"Ahh I'm so excited I can't wait for tonight, I mean 8:15 can't come soon enough," Jeremy Smith said. 

A few cars behind Matza, Smith fired up his smoker to cook some ribs and brisket.

With Eagles pride all over his face with a green beard, Smith is hoping the birds can go 2-0.

"Kind of hoping that we shake the cobwebs off and we get back to some good business and head back to the bowl this year," Smith said. 

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One by one, hundreds of cars are piling into the parking lots. 

"We are excited and ready to rock and roll for win number two," Cookie Edmunds said. 

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Many people took a half day off from work Thursday -- and as you can imagine with all this tailgating – a lot of people are taking Friday off. 

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