Temple president talks of new football stadium

Posted: November 23, 2013

Temple president Neil Theobald said publicly this week that an on-campus football stadium likely would be part of the university's next master plan, expected to be released in 2014.

Temple is having a "serious discussion" about the stadium, Theobald said, as an alternative to playing home football games at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple's contract with the Linc, which is due to expire after 2018, costs the university about $1.5 million annually.

Theobald's comments, his most significant yet about the oft-rumored stadium, came during a post-inaugural event at Loews Hotel in Center City on Tuesday night. For the first time, he also spoke of the possibility of sharing space with the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field.

"We're looking possibly on campus, possibly sharing with Penn," Theobald said in response to a question from the audience. "We're going to need to answer that question."

An athletics spokesman for Penn and athletics and university spokesmen for Temple were unaware of any negotiations between the two universities.

Theobald's comments were first reported by the Temple News, the university's student newspaper.

Temple's push for a new stadium comes as the Owls' first season in the new American Athletic Conference nears a close. Entering the weekend, Temple ranks second-to-last in the conference in average home attendance. South Florida is the only other team in the conference that shares space at a professional football stadium. The Bulls play at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Raymond James Stadium, with a capacity of 65,857.

The Linc has a capacity of 68,532. Temple averages 22,958 at home games. Temple's new stadium likely would have a capacity between 20,000 and 30,000.



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