Depending upon who is consulted, there are two schools of thought regarding this too-long and drawn-out process called building a new football stadium:
- Relax. Everything has been taken care of behind the scenes. Everything you see now is for show.
- City Council will see a whole lot of protesters in its chambers come crunch time and vote against closing 15th Street, effectively killing the project.
Maybe it’s because I’ve lived inside the city limits all of my life and am all-too-familiar with the way this City Government works, and people in school of thought one live in far-flung places like Long Island and Virginia, but Temple is officially between a rock and a hard place if it does not get permission to close 15th Street.
It’s not coming.
Darrell Clarke is dead set against it and the “community” seems dead set against it.
Temple could have built on that site if the Star Complex wasn’t built because it would not require the permanent closing—actually rerouting—of 15th Street. You could probably relocate Amos Recreation Center across 15th to the old student Pavilion and squeeze a 35K stadium into the spot occupied by both Geasey and Star.
Now, with Star built, that limits Temple’s options to this:
Extend the Linc Deal
This will require holding the nose, taking the medicine and swallowing because the “lease” is one of the reasons why the university wanted to build a stadium in the first place.
Go to Franklin Field
Not an option because the AAC requires member schools to have stadium control at least on Saturdays. AAC tolerates the Linc because it gives Temple that control. It will not tolerate Penn having control over AAC TV schedule.
Knock Down The Temple Sports Complex
Move the soccer, field hockey and lax teams back to Geasey and knock down a facility Temple just spent $22 million to build and replace it with a football stadium. If you really want to build a stadium on campus, that’s Temple’s only option. It would not require closing any street and because the “community” did not oppose building the stadiums already on that location, they would not have much of an argument against building a football stadium there.
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