Complete Coverage of the On-Campus Stadium Announcement

An empty Howard Gittis Room at the Liacouras Center yesterday where university exterminators spent the afternoon looking for crickets.

An empty Howard Gittis Room at the Liacouras Center yesterday where university exterminators spent the afternoon looking for crickets.

That’s it, an empty Howard Gittis Room on a Sunday when nothing was happening in Philadelphia sports and an announcement of an on-campus stadium would have been front-page news in all three Philadelphia daily papers and right at the top of all the sportscasts.
It would seem to me that the uni should now give up this pipe dream and begin to negotiate in good faith with the Philadelphia Eagles because the other options–Franklin Field and Chester–would be a Doomsday Scenario for Temple football.
Maybe the Phillies will move to Oakland and the Owls can slide into a more fan-friendly Citizens Bank Park.
That seems to be a scenario just as plausible as coming up with $300 million of private funds to plop a stadium down at 15th and Norris before 2018.

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6 thoughts on “Complete Coverage of the On-Campus Stadium Announcement

  1. I don’t think temple will need 300 million to build a stadium. UCF in Tulsne both built suitable stadiums for right around 100 million with the ability to expand stadium in the future.

  2. I don’t think temple will need 300 million to build a stadium. UCF in Tulane both built suitable stadiums for right around 100 million with the ability to expand stadium in the future.

    • You are forgetting about Philly’s union tax and payoffs to the politicians. Plus, who knows what it’ll cost to get the City to close15th Street. That’s why the 2 stadiums cost half a billion each.

      • Agree John. Given the state of the city they will likely gouge TU everywhich way if they to close any of the major streets near campus. Pity.

  3. I also don’t think that anything approaching a first class D1 football stadium can be built for $100 million given that costs for everything are higher in the northeast. Even looking at residential construction, which doesn’t have the same level of issues that John listed that a stadium would have, is more costly here. A home that might cost $125K down south could set you back $175 – 225K in this area.

    • In Philly, with the unions and corrupt City Council, a house in the south that you can get for $125K will cost you $325K. Triple whatever it cost Houston to build its stadium. Sad, but true. Temple had to build a “jobs center” for buying a run-down high school. Temple will have to do 10 times that much for a football stadium.

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