February 4, 2016 |
Temple University has quite a bit of work to do if it wants to build a football stadium on campus, says Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. In other words, the Owls aren't in the red zone. "At some point, it probably will require a significant amount of city support, and at this point, that's not there," he said. His comments came one day after Temple president Neil D. Theobald told student government leaders that he intended to recommend to the university's board of trustees that the school proceed with plans for a stadium.
February 3, 2016 |
Temple University's board of trustees will hold a special meeting Monday to consider plans to move forward on a campus football stadium. President Neil D. Theobald told student government leaders at a packed meeting Monday that he would recommend that the project proceed. His announcement came as protesters demonstrated against the proposed 35,000-seat stadium, slated for the northwest corner of campus. The objections and chants became so loud and raucous that the university shut down the meeting 15 minutes early.
January 30, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE - Ever since it was disassembled in 1960 and relocated to an eastern edge of Penn State's campus, Beaver Stadium, like some '57 Chevy in Cuba, has been repaired, patched and, where possible, upgraded. But after 56 years, Happy Valley's most iconic structure is rusting, sputtering and due either for a major overhaul or replacement. "When you stand on the Beaver Stadium field at kickoff and there are 107,000 fans in the stands, there's not a better place in college football," said Phil Esten, Penn State's deputy director of athletics.
December 20, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney criticized the Eagles ownership Friday for trying to make a bigger profit on a new lease proposal for Temple University to play football games at Lincoln Financial Field. "The Eagles are frustrating to me," Kenney said after speaking in the morning at the My Brother's Keeper Philadelphia Summit at Community College of Philadelphia. In his view, "they are not ... as community-committed as the Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers are. " Kenney said part of his frustration was that hundreds of millions of dollars in tax money helped build the Eagles a stadium and raise the value of the professional football franchise.
December 19, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney met with Temple University officials Thursday and told them they must address the worries of neighbors before he can endorse the school's plan to build a football stadium on campus. "Temple asked for this meeting to explain the benefits of building their stadium," Kenney's spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, said in a statement Thursday night. "The mayor-elect enjoyed meeting with the university's representatives, and he appreciated them working with the city on this issue.
December 18, 2015 |
LET'S THINK outside the box score for a second. Forget about football. Forget about school spirit. Forget about all of the abstract notions that Temple president Neil Theobald asks you to think about when he attempts to explain why it makes sense for Temple to pursue the construction of a $100 million, on-campus football stadium. No doubt, it makes sense for the school's administrators. After all, it isn't their money. The $8.3 million in annual university revenue that Temple was transferring to its athletic department to fund its sports programs as of 2014?
December 16, 2015 |
Jim Kenney's Twitter feed confirms that Philadelphia's incoming mayor is a sports fan. A recent tweet: He may have been difficult to manage, but I liked DeSean. Wish he was still an Eagle. — Jim Kenney (@JimFKenney) December 8, 2015 A reasonable position on DeSean Jackson, even a populist one, as is Kenney's declaration last week that he wants to delve deeper into Temple's campus stadium hopes, and whether a deal with the Eagles still could be viable. Does Temple president Neil Theobald care what you, or I, or those protesters kept out of his board meeting last week think of his plan to build a football stadium on campus?
December 15, 2015
ISSUE | MOSQUE ATTACK Sisters and brothers It was with profound sorrow that I read of the desecration of the sacred mosque of the Al Aqsa Islamic Society by a cowardly and ignorant person last week ("Pig's head left at N. Phila. mosque," Tuesday). I have attended interfaith worship services and been joyfully received as a guest at the breaking of the Ramadan fast there. I have personally experienced these folks to be among the best of humankind. Our world and city would be diminished were they not among us. It is our duty and our obligation to protect them and their sisters and brothers in the Muslim community.
December 10, 2015 |
Temple University postponed plans Tuesday to study building a $100 million football stadium on its North Philadelphia campus, following opposition from Mayor-elect Jim Kenney. Patrick O'Connor, chairman of Temple's board of trustees, said university officials would meet with Kenney and his team within the next week to talk about the university's interest in placing a 35,000-seat stadium at the northwest corner of campus. O'Connor's announcement came at a meeting of the trustees.