September 13, 2016 |
Thousands of ticketless Eagles fans flocked to the parking lots and to the Xfinity Live pub in the shadow of Lincoln Financial Field for Sunday's season opener, seeking the in-stadium vibe outside the stadium. Tailgaters yelled at RV outdoor TVs while hearing the Linc crowd yelling with them, slightly out of synch because of the broadcast's time delay. "If we hear the cheers a few seconds before we see the play on TV, we know we just did good," said Scott Ellison from Northeast Philadelphia, who watched the game on his pal Alfio "DaGoose" Rossillo's Green Magic bus TV. "If we hear boos, we know we're going to see something bad. " Ellison said he loves watching the game from Rossillo's bus because "Al's got two smokers with brisket, shrimp, and wings, and the beer is free.
August 10, 2016 |
LOS ANGELES - Every night, Chase Utley said, he sees one or two Phillies jerseys in the stands. The native Californian plays here, so far from the first 13 years of his major-league career that made him an adopted son of Philadelphia. But the jerseys are a reminder. So is a certain phrase he uttered after a parade one October afternoon. "I hear it here at this stadium," Utley said Monday as he grabbed the top of the home dugout at Dodger Stadium, hours before he faced his old team for the first time.
July 23, 2016 |
Thursday's private board of trustees session ended, and the board walked out and announced the deed was done. Neil D. Theobald had agreed to resign as Temple's president, no terms of a settlement announced. Afterward, several board members, including board chair Patrick J. O'Connor, made it clear that the building of a campus football stadium remained a front-burner issue, still moving forward. "Nothing. Nada, " O'Connor said when asked what will change about the stadium drive with Theobald out. O'Connor termed the economics "pretty simple" as far as building a new place or continuing to pay rent to the Eagles.
July 15, 2016 |
WE'VE NEVER been a nation that allows the dissonance between our words and actions to slow us down, so perhaps we should look at Temple's proposed football stadium less as an unnecessary vanity project with the potential to metastasize into a full-blown money pit and more as a monument to the indomitable nature of the American spirit. Take, for example, the following sequence that seems to have occurred inside a campus boardroom earlier this week: 1) A majority of those in attendance agreed that a financial-aid budget deficit that had ballooned from $9 million to $22 million was an issue serious enough to warrant the removal of the president responsible for said budget.
July 15, 2016 |
Didn't see this news coming from North Broad Street. If it ends up happening - if Temple's board of trustees ousts president Neil D. Theobald - a question comes up immediately: What would that mean for Temple's building a campus football stadium? At a glance, you might think Temple would continue its present course, steering toward building the stadium. In addition to the bombshell news at Tuesday's board meeting - the board of trustees announcing it had taken a unanimous vote of no confidence in Theobald and intended to dismiss him - the board also approved spending $250,000 more on the current stadium feasibility study, adding a traffic impact report.
May 27, 2016 |
As Temple continues its moves toward an on-campus football stadium, here's a discussion the school's hierarchy should have: Would a campus stadium be opening a door Temple wants to keep shut? Like the rest of the American Athletic Conference, Temple would presumably jump at the chance to join a Power 5 league. That's where the money is. Right now, Temple isn't just the best option if a Power 5 league wants to add the Philadelphia market. It's the only option. And it's not far-fetched to think the Atlantic Coast Conference might someday want to add a local outpost.
March 30, 2016 |
Temple University has selected Moody Nolan, which calls itself the largest African American-owned and -managed architecture firm in the country, to design a proposed football stadium for its North Philadelphia neighborhood, officials announced Monday. Curtis J. Moody, president and CEO of the Columbus, Ohio-based company, already has met with community members, said Ray Betzner, a university spokesman. Betzner said the firm's willingness to work with neighbors made it a clear choice for the job. "Moody Nolan is regarded as a national leader in designing beautiful sports and recreation facilities that not only fit their purpose but also fit the communities in which they exist," Temple president Neil D. Theobald said in a statement.
February 16, 2016
Temple University was charged with energy in September of 1984 when I arrived as a freshman, just as a Philadelphia comedian launched what would become a smash hit of a television show. You've heard of Bill Cosby, right? He became a national ambassador for Temple, which swelled in enrollment as it evolved from "commuter school" to academic destination. You probably haven't heard of Spurgeon Link. He was a street vendor who vexed Temple's plans to homogenize North Broad Street as the center stage for the growing campus.
February 12, 2016
WOULD YOU want a football stadium in your Neighborhood? That's what Temple University's Board of Trustees wants to "bless" North Philadelphians with. A new 35,000-seat stadium will create traffic bedlam (just ask South Philadelphians), increase cancer rates because of noxious and toxic fumes and reduce parking availability for neighborhood residents. North Philadelphia residents have sacrificed enough over the years to my alma mater. First, Temple should spend whatever it takes to achieve an 80% employment rate among neighborhood residents as a gesture of goodwill before asking for any more sacrifices.
February 10, 2016 |
Despite a boisterous protest outside its meeting, and blistering comments from community members inside, Temple University's board of trustees on Monday decided to take the next step in pursuing an on-campus stadium. Their unanimous vote came without debate following about an hour of comments from community residents, most of them critical, and a presentation by the board chair and the university president. Their decision paves the way for designs to begin for a 35,000-seat stadium in the northwest corner of campus.