Is A Good Season Enough Reason For A Temple Football Stadium?

 

Temple students cheer for the Owls at Lincoln Financial Field, South Philadelphia | Photo: David Maialetti, for The Inquirer

Temple students cheer for the Owls at Lincoln Financial Field, South Philadelphia | Photo: David Maialetti, for The Inquirer

  • With Temple’s football team undefeated thus far this season, discussion of the prospect of the university getting its own on-campus stadium has of course intensified. A quick poll conducted by The Inquirer’s Mike Jensen reveals near universal support among students for a move up Broad Street, yet parking, and the attendant opportunity to tailgate, remains a chief concern. And while three-quarters of the estimated $100 million price tag have been lined up, the sought 35,000-seat stadium may be at once too ambitious (What happens when the Owls’ can’t score touchdowns as readily?) and underwhelming to satisfy the NCAA’s prerequisites for inclusion in any Power 5 conference.
  • As the impasse over the state budget approaches its fifth month, the Roxborough Review takes note of one many local nonprofits preparing to shut its doors: the Center in the Park at 5818 Germantown Avenue, Germantown’s main senior center, has less than two weeks’ worth of funding. The well has dried up before, explains executive director Lynn Fields Harris, yet this time the banks that would normally have saved the day can no longer extend credit, having lent millions to sure up school budgets.
  • Inga Saffron looks back to 1949, when Elizabeth Fleisher, the city’s first licensed female architect, designed a wonderfully composed orphanage on Callowhill Street. Having sat vacant for a few years, the orphanage-turned-Children’s Crisis Treatment Center is under threat of demolition, as its new owner plans to build a mixed-use in its place.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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3 Comments


  1. maybe… but lets think bigger!
    We could build a 35,000 seat stadium on the river in Port Richmond, with an Olympic size track that could be designed to temporarily expand to 100,000. Re-institute D-I Track & Field at Temple, build a Trolley line from Campus to the river… and base a 2028 Olympic bid (and follow-up redevelopment plan) on the stadium and waterfront area.
    something like this?
    http://i.imgur.com/1wbllJv.jpg?1
    http://i.imgur.com/wNDxlZF.jpg?1

  2. Inga’s rant about the woman who designed a building that became an orphanage is as if we were going to demolish Independence Hall! What will the new owner built and is that a build by right on the site?

  3. James, if you think Inga’s informed and interesting article about a lesser known female architect is a mere “rant” then why do you waste your time reading this website, which is concerned with the history of Philadelphia’s streetscape and architecture.

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