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Updated: July 31, 2003, 4:06 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- Bring-your-own hoagies are back at Philadelphia Eagles games.

The team said Thursday it would allow fans to bring small quantities of food in clear plastic bags into the football team's new stadium, reversing a ban on outside food that had fueled fan outrage and generated a raft of negative publicity.

The Eagles had claimed the ban was for security reasons; fans accused the team of greed, saying they would be forced to buy expensive concession food. At the new stadium, cheesesteaks and hoagies will cost $6.50, a pork sandwich $6.25, and beer $6.

The new policy conforms with rules at some other stadiums around the country, although 14 NFL teams ban outside food.

"We were able to come up with something that's a little more sensitive to fan desires and maintain security," Eagles president Joe Banner said. "I totally respect anyone who thinks we made a decision that was overly conservative on security, but I'm disappointed in anyone who thinks there were other motivations."

Banner had accused critics of being "irresponsible," claiming only a "minuscule" number of people brought their own food to Eagles games.

Under the revised policy, people who bring outside food will be directed to specific gates, where additional security guards will be posted.

Lincoln Financial Field, which replaces the decrepit Veterans Stadium, opens Sunday with an exhibition soccer game between European teams Manchester United and FC Barcelona.

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