Temple taking ‘next step’ to build stadium

January 19, 2018 GMT

Temple University continues to move forward in its quest to build an on-campus stadium, announcing it will soon file a project submission for review by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

“I’m pleased to report that Temple is taking the next step in evaluating the potential for a multipurpose facility, including retail space and a stadium, on our main campus,” said Temple President Richard M. Englert. “The commission’s recommendation would be vital for city approval.”

The measure must go through the City Planning Commission, the zoning board and then the City Council. The process, according to Englert, should take approximately five months.

There have been rumors of a stadium coming to the North Broad campus for years, rumors that have accelerated as the university has expanded and the football program, once moribund, has continued to improve. It has been reported that the university would like to build a 35,000-seat stadium.

In February 2016, the university’s board of trustees authorized the development of preliminary studies and designs for a multipurpose retail facility with a stadium as its anchor. The targeted area is bound by Broad Street on the east, Norris Street on the north, 16th Street on the west, and Pearson-McGonigle Hall and the Aramark Student Training and Recreation Complex on the south.

It has been reported that the stadium will cost an estimated $130 million.

The stadium will not be without controversy. While talk of its construction has been on the back-burner, a number of North Philadelphia community organizations have offered opposition to its construction.

Englert says that the university will continue to work with the surrounding community.

“I have concluded that the time is right to take this step. To be clear, this is the next step in the process, not the final step,” Englert said.

“I want to emphasize that we will continue our conversations with neighbors to address their concerns,” Englert added. “These discussions have been invaluable not only in terms of the proposed facility but also in helping us understand and develop better working relationships in the community. We learned that it is important for us to be better neighbors, and we have taken a number of steps to address community issues as a result.”