Doesn’t look like Temple’s going to get that on-campus stadium they wanted.
A representative from the Ohio-based architecture firm Moody Nolan, which began the study nearly 11 months ago, said it is “on hold,” meaning that all data collection has ceased. The university said through a spokesperson on Monday that it is still continuing its “community outreach efforts.”
President Richard Englert announced late last month that the school would move forward with the planning process for the 35,000-seat, $135 million stadium, which had been tabled indefinitely since the summer of 2016 after his predecessor, Neil Theobald, was dismissed and the administration went into turmoil.
The Stompers, who had protested frequently during the 2015-16 school year, say that this time around they are taking a more theatrical approach, caricaturing board members by wearing suits and large paper masks in an effort to draw attention to what the protesters say are board members’ conflicts of interest.
Englert had gotten about one page into his five pages of prepared remarks when he said that no one would be displaced by the stadium project, a major concern of residents in the North Philadelphia neighborhood that has watched Temple’s footprint expand. A few audience members yelled out, “Liar!” and then a group of more than 100 people started chanting: “No new stadium. No new stadium!”
Having covered several city governments as a journalist I have come to hate inept council people and citizens that don’t care about facts. These folks asked for a town hall meeting to hear about it. Temple gave it to them. Then they yelled and refused to actually listen to the information or have architects present the plans.
They may not displace any residents, but I have nothing but contempt for those residents that acted so childish.
The city should get their names, use eminent domain and take all their homes, then erect a park with a giant play ground. Name it the “This is what you get when you act like a toddler” park.
I don’t know anything about the neighborhood around Temple except that it’s similar to that around UH, just more compact. I visited Temple Owls site once to engage with this conversation over there and compare what UH went through. Our situation was entirely different due to the nature of an inner city neighborhood built in the era of the automobile vs. that built in the late 19th and early part of 20th centuries. Temple has no room to grow as it’s surrounded by the older high-density neighborhood. The nature of TU and UH are very similar I think. Inner city minority majority research schools with diverse enrollments. I think that Pitt is similar. Pitt had an on-campus stadium at one time which was torn down making room for their campus to grow. Pitt also plays in a pro stadium. I guess they got a better deal from the city than Philly is offering.
Agree 100%. It would be one thing to have dialogue present cases and to see if there was a compromised solution that worked for all but that does not happen anymore. It would be justice if what you say above happened.
That Pitt stadium concept drawing reminds me of TDECU. Check out the metal “cage” exterior walls. They propose 45,000 seat at 160+ million dollars. Masonry exterior work and all reinforced concrete stadiums add millions to the cost.
Valerie Harrison, special advisor to Temple president Richard Englert, admits the university may have been misguided in its approach to community, but plans to continue discussions in a more effective way.
“If we have to go block by block, we’ll get the right number of people and the right forum,” Harrison said.
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I can relate, as unless you’ve been through there its hard to understand what it’s like to lose your home and a part of your family. No excuse for acting crazy but even rational folks are going to be very emotional when they’re the ones having their homes taken from them. We had our family home of 75+ years taken from us by HISD when they rebuilt Reagan/Heights HS. I find it fitting, as a baseball fanatic, that where my family members were born and died there now stands batting cages. Always brings a smile to my face when I pass by. My mother, on the other hand, has yet to pass by and refuses to do so.
idk now would be a good time to build a stadium since time just drives the cost up but will it cost 130 or go up like ours did. Will it solve attendance problems and school pride or be the same thing due to parking.