New Site For Spring Game?

 

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The new Temple soccer stadium (drawing here) is fully completed.

Buried in a roundup of AAC spring football games was tidbit: “South Florida held its spring game at its soccer facility before 3,500 people.”

Funny, because that the exact number Temple estimated that was squeezed into the Edberg-Olson Football Complex for its spring game.

The USF game comfortably sat 3,000 people in Corbett Stadium with very few people standing. The Temple spring game had a couple of hundred people sitting in portable seats brought in the for occasion, with the rest of the fans trying to move their heads to get a view of the action.

USF soccer stadium. Tampa, Fla. Sept. 6, 2012.

This USF soccer stadium was the site of school’s spring  football game.

That all could change by the middle of next April as Temple will also have a soccer complex that seats 3,000 people. In roughly the same amount of square feet the university plans to build a football stadium, it will open a soccer/field hockey complex in the middle of next month. Both will have separate seating of 3,000—a nod to the Title IX regulations that call for equal facilities for men and women’s sports.

Still, if USF can hold its spring game at a soccer facility, so, too, can Temple.

The people who tailgate will just have to move to closer open lots, but the people who come to see the football will do so with an unobstructed view of the action. It will be a stopgap for the spring game until the school can build a football stadium, if indeed it ever does, but it will represent a considerable upgrade of the spring venue Owl fans have been used to for the last decade or so.

Nothing has been decided, but moving the game a few blocks seems to be a no-brainer.

Monday: What The Eff?

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14 thoughts on “New Site For Spring Game?

  1. Today on College Football Today, there was a discussion that the Big Twelve is going to expand imminently. Memphis, Houston, UConn, Cincy, and BYU all mentioned. Also, there was talk that the league could implode because Oklahoma and Texas are not happy. No mention of TU.

      • I went to the AAC Championship game last year, and as much as I hate to admit it Houston is 5 or more years ahead of Temple.., the stadium is filled, the fans are super loud, and the atmosphere is electric..,hats off to Houston, we should be taking notes.., Temple does not have a billionaire, so how do we compensate?

        What is the strategy? Heck, we still don’t have a green light to build our own stadium on university property..,

  2. Temple announced future games with MD, BC, and Duke. Here is to hoping that BC and Duke become conference games!

  3. One more thing. ESPN is thinking of starting an ACC network Such a network would, I think, need the Philly market, which is a plus for TU. The ACC needs to shore up the eastern market after the Big Ten invaded it, TU and UConn would fit the bill and assure that two of the biggest TV markets have an ACC presence.

  4. I went to the AAC Championship game last year, and as much as I hate to admit it Houston is 5 or more years ahead of Temple.., Their stadium is filled, the fans are super loud, and the atmosphere is electric.., hats off to Houston, we should be taking notes.., Temple does not have a billionaire backing the program, so how do we compensate?

    What is the strategy? Heck, we still don’t have a green light to build our own stadium on university property..,

    Kraft and Rhule are supermen, our BOT’s lack of commitment to athletic excellence is Kryptonite.., why can’t we keep up w/Rutgers, Syracuse, Boston College, Cincinnati, etc.,? we are way past excuses and apologists.., these political appointed BOT members are not worthy of the seats they hold.., Make Temple Great

    • Amen. I was interviewed before the ND game and said that the day exemplified that spending money to upgrade the program worked as evidenced by the crowd and the publicity and that had the B of T recognized in the 90’s that spending money on football was advantageous to the university, the athletic program would not find itself on the verge of irrelevancy. I’m afraid that it may be too late especially if the AAC disintegrates as it appears is going to happen. It is a conference filled with members who had a foot out the door the moment it was formed. As I said previously, the major conferences are only going to cement their advantage in the next five years and if that happens, the schools on the outside should just quit because they will not be able to compete and are simply wasting money.

      • college football will eventually become the P5 as Division I, everybody else will be Div II and Div III.., the AAC will disintegrate like the old Big East…, Temple did not foresee and make plans when the Big East fell apart, and now it crystal clear – the AAC is nothing more than another C-USA, are we happy being in another C-USA?

      • John, I fear you may be right about it being too late. If the AAC does disintegrate, with some of the teams being listed as replacements I see this conference at best being MAC level at best with a more spread out geographic footprint. Also, would have to think TV $s get renegotiated taking even that advantage the AAC had over other G5 conferences.

  5. Patton was a party animal with great talent, the daily grind of going to class, practice, film study, and classroom requirements did not suit him well…, nice kid, super talent, and kind heart.., don’t think he gave the coaches much of a choice.., wish him the very best

  6. kj, if you’re right about Southern Miss joining the AAC, at least they’ve had some darn good football here and there. Not so with ODU however. And, with no baseball anymore it’s good to have this field downtown, it includes track& field too – also good if men’s T&F ever gets reinstated.

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