King Solomon Solution to a King-Sized Dilemma

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Kicking the can down the road has been a hallmark of the stadium issue from a figurative standpoint for seven years. Kicking it down the road literally offers perhaps the best solution to a vexing problem.

If you haven’t heard anything on the stadium issue, there are at least a couple of reasons for it.

One, when Mitchell Morgan takes over for Patrick J. O’Connor as the Temple University Board of Trustees chairman on Aug. 1, that big folder marked “Temple Stadium” will be left on his desk along with another one “candidates to replace Dick Englert.” (Englert has held the job as President since Neil Theobald was let go three years ago.)

If there was every a can kicked down the road, it’s a stadium that was a supposed “done deal” as far back as March 2012 and talked about prior to the Liacouras Center even being built.

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Unfortunately, these guys are still around and it looks like a few Temple fans have switched to their side as former Cherry Crusader Luke Butler is listed as “Interested in going” to this event.

 

That’s a little ironic because the final piece in this puzzle could literally be kicking the can down the road.

Splitting the baby was King Solomon’s solution and the Board of Trustees needs to split this baby as painful as it may be but killing off a perfectly good and nearly brand new $22 million Olympic stadium and putting a $130 million football stadium in its place.

Kick the football stadium can down the road to Broad and Master and return the Olympic sports teams back to their original home, Geasey Field, at 15th and Norris. The neighbors who object so strongly to football lived with the Olympic sports for 50 years at Norris Street without any histrionics so it would be disingenuous to object to those sports returning now.

There are really only two solutions now and the preferable one is admitting that the first mistake was trying to build at 15th and Norris. The university did not expect the kind of opposition it got from neighbors at that location, the same neighbors who never objected to the lacrosse and field hockey teams playing there for almost a half-century prior to this latest fiasco.

The second is dropping the whole stadium issue entirely but, before that happens, all other avenues should be exhausted.

There will still be opposition to the Broad and Master site, but the fact that the university had rather large and working stadiums at that site for the last five years should mollify the opposition somewhat. There’s plenty of room for a football stadium at Broad and Master and the fact that by converting it to a football stadium m48akes it less intrusive, not more, on the community that the three sports currently there. Those fields now were used 48 days for home games in the Olympic sports, while football will only be used for six days or nights.

Plus, Morgan Hall, which is used over 300 days a year, is just next to it and the new BOT chair should know something about that high-rise. It was named after him.

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5 thoughts on “King Solomon Solution to a King-Sized Dilemma

  1. 3 comments: 1) I’ll bet the local opposition to a major stadium construction project is just that – It’s a major and expensive project as compared to the comparatively inexpensive and visually less intrusive all-sports field they can live with. The neighbors probably get angry seeing all that money being spent but in their mind not helping the neighborhood. 2) The BOT needs to swallow the fact that they did a poor job looking ahead when planning the locations of the other athletic venues, especially for as long as the stadium project has been on the table. I mean didn’t they look at the campus layout plan? You’re right Mike, just switch the locations and suck it up. 3) The designs and plans recently done can largely be transfered to another location (the sites are all flat ground!). There would probably be some modifications made anyway before construction would start. It also illiminates the problem of closing off 13 (15?)th street which was/is a major roadblock (literally and figuratively) to getting downtown approval.

    If the funding is mostly accomplished, as they say it is, then they need to not be so hardheaded and just switch the sites and be done with it and see what happens, for gosh sakes.

  2. Funding is mostly accomplished, if not fully. Uni is now mulling returning the money or pushing ahead. I hope it pushes ahead. Uni always went ahead with every project proposed within its own property boundaries. To allow an outside force to stop this one (all within property it owns) would set a very bad precedent for the next half-century and beyond. Selfishly, I’d love to live long enough to hear a “Let’s GO TEMPLE!” cheer drown out the bad guys’ quarterback signals. Heard that only once in my lifetime (Cincy this year) at LFF.

  3. I recommend a suburban location that appeals more to the alumni. Students don’t give an owl.s pellet about football. I can’t stomach giving money to any NFL owner.

    • David: You mean like the old Temple Stadium location? Now they want their own stadium again? If it’s not on campus, renovating the old stadium would have worked – at least to see how it would go. It would have payed for itself compared to the LINC deal all these years. “On campus” seems to be the catch tho – so now they have nothing..

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