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Eagles fan goes viral for showing up more than 15 hours before kickoff: ‘It’s like Christmas to me’

Fans in Philadelphia are notorious for their diehard support of their teams, but one fan raised the bar early Thursday morning. 

More than 15 hours before the Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings in a primetime showdown, Gregg Matza was already first in line to set up his tailgate outside Lincoln Financial Field. 

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Fans tailgate before the NFC championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field Jan. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia.  (Hannah Beier/Getty Images)

“It’s like Christmas to me,” he told KYW’s Tim Jimenez from just outside the empty stadium. “I can’t sleep, so I drop my girlfriend Maureen off, gassed up, iced up the beer and I’m here. And I’m staying all day. This is it.”

“They were prepared really well. Put a lot of time into it. I think, for us. we just continue to grow through that. We all have standards. I have standards, and they’re very high,” he said. 

In last season’s Eagles Week 2 win over the Vikings, Hurts threw for 333 yards and one touchdown with two more scores on the ground. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Paulina Dedaj is a Sports Reporter for Fox News Digital.

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